Catholics United to Protect and Support Women, Children, and Families
No on Proposition 1
Proposition 1 would remove current reasonable limits on late-term abortion and enshrine an
“abortion sanctuary” in California. Proposition 1 is unnecessary to protect women’s health
or their reproductive freedom.
A “no” vote on Proposition 1 keeps existing California law on abortion the way it is now.
Recent polling shows there is much common ground among voters in California on the
abortion issue. Most voters oppose taxpayer-funded abortions and support reasonable
limits on late-term abortions. A full 70% of California voters believe human life begins at
viability or conception.
- Most California Voters Oppose Late-Term Abortions
A significant majority of California voters oppose late-term abortions and understand that
there should be reasonable limits such as we have now. Prop 1 destroys these limits and
will permit unrestricted abortion for any reason at any time — even up to the moment of
birth. Most voters reject this.
- Most California Voters Oppose Taxpayer-Funded Abortions
With California taxpayers already facing soaring inflation, sky-high gas prices, and
unaffordable housing, most voters oppose taxpayer funding for abortions, especially to
pay the expenses for abortion-seekers from other states. The Legislature has already
increased abortion funding by $200 million this year. If Proposition 1 passes, analysts
predict that the number of abortion-seekers from other states coming to California could
increase by tens of thousands — meaning millions more dollars will be needed.
- Most California Voters Believe in Reproductive Equity
Most California voters believe there should be parity and equal access to services for
women seeking abortions and those who choose to be mothers. Prop 1 gives top funding
priority to abortion seekers at the expense of families who struggle to pay for housing,
groceries, gas, safe neighborhoods, healthcare and childcare.
Opposing Proposition 1 makes the most sense for Californians.
Novena to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
to Defeat Proposition 1*
Catholics United to Protect and Support Women, Children, and Families
- Daily Novena Prayer
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, ✠ and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Our dearest Mother Mary,
behold us, your children, as we humbly come in prayer before you.
In you, the Author of Life assumed the fullness of human nature,
redeeming us by sacrificing his life for our salvation,
obtaining for us participation in eternal life through the Holy Spirit.
With you, we treasure every human life created in God’s image,
and we grieve for any action or social structure that undermines that dignity.
We come before you today, led by the Holy Spirit and united
as one family in your Son, to offer this Novena as a spiritual bouquet,
with confidence in the power of your intercession before our Almighty God and Father.
May he hear and grant our earnest request that the hearts of voters in our state
be moved to reject and defeat Proposition 1, and may we be guided by the Holy Spirit
to rebuild and strengthen a culture of life in the hearts and minds of all we encounter.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
- Meditate on the Daily Theme with our Bishops: CAcatholic.org/Prop1
- Conclude by reciting a decade of the Rosary (see calendar on reverse)
This year, California voters will decide whether to ratify Proposition 1, an extreme
constitutional amendment that would enshrine a permanent right to abortion without limits
at taxpayer expense, for any reason, even for women from other states and up to moments
Theme: Do Not Be Afraid! (Lk 1:30).
Decade of the Rosary: 1st Joyful Mystery – The Annunciation
Theme: The dignity of human life is revealed in the mystery of God-with-us.
Decade of the Rosary: 3rd Joyful Mystery – The Nativity
Theme: We humbly offer our whole selves to God.
Decade of the Rosary: 4th Joyful Mystery – The Presentation
Theme: A faith that transforms everything.
Decade of the Rosary: 2nd Luminous Mystery – The Wedding in Cana
Theme: God’s providential plan is unfolding in our midst, and we each have a role to play.
Decade of the Rosary: 3rd Luminous Mystery – The Proclamation of the Kingdom
Theme: Eucharistic devotion leads to care for all and social action.
Decade of the Rosary: 5th Luminous Mystery – The Institution of the Eucharist
Theme: Prayerfully embrace suffering for the greater good, trusting in the divine mercy.
Decade of the Rosary: 1st Sorrowful Mystery – The Agony in the Garden
Theme: Devotion and love for our crucified Savior, through whom all things are made new.
Decade of the Rosary: 5th Sorrowful Mystery – The Crucifixion
Theme: Faith and steadfast prayer make the impossible possible.
Full Rosary: The Glorious Mysteries
September 29 – Feast of the Archangels Gabriel, Michael, and Raphael
September 30 – Feast of Saint Jerome
October 1 – Feast of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus
October 2 – Respect Life Sunday
October 3 – Feast of Saint Theodora Guérin
October 4 – Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi
October 5 – Feast of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska
October 6 –Feast of Blessed Marie Rose Durocher
October 7 – Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary
This year, California voters will decide whether to ratify Proposition 1, an extreme constitutional
amendment that would enshrine a permanent right to abortion without limits at taxpayer
expense, for any reason, even for women from other states and up to moments before birth!
“The people who know their God
shall stand firm and take action.” (Daniel 11:32)
In a little more than three weeks, we’ll begin our fall 40 Days for Life Campaign at the Mira Mesa location! Mark your calendars: from Wednesday, September 28, through Sunday, November 6, we will engage in a 40-day journey of prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion. And we’ll kick off the campaign with a prayer gathering on Tuesday, September 27, at 6:00 pm.
With the Supreme Court decision earlier this year overturning Roe v. Wade, we have much to celebrate and to be grateful for; however, here in California the culture of death persists. The need is greater than ever to take a clear stand and act in defense of the sanctity of life.
Standing vigil outside the Mira Mesa Planned Parenthood facility, we join with others throughout the country and around the world seeking to let more hearts keep beating, and to let fewer hearts be broken.
As we prepare for another successful campaign, I want to extend a heartfelt thank-you to Patti Larsen for her inspired leadership of the 40 Days for Life Mira Mesa campaign for so many years! She has entrusted me with the responsibility to lead this upcoming campaign. With God’s grace and the hard work of all of you as dedicated participants, I pray that our campaign will be as successful as the many campaigns through which she has been our dedicated leader and role model. We’re fortunate that Patti will still be an active participant and counsellor!
Thank you all for your commitment to this important cause! As we venture on this journey, here are some important reminders:
- Please sign up at the website. There is strength in numbers. Scheduling your time on the calendar encourages others who may not want to pray there alone, especially the first-timers! It will also help us to see that the location is being covered throughout the campaign. If you want to add new hours or if your plans change, you can always update the calendar at any time.
- Come prepared.
- Bring your signs with supportive and life-affirming messages.
- From the campaign website, you can also print out the page that has all the local agencies that help women, and have a copy with you at the site.
- Be courteous. Please remain true to our Statement of Peace, our commitment that this is a peaceful and lawful vigil. Don’t obstruct pedestrians who are using the sidewalk.
- Be wise and be safe. Always carry your cell phone and be aware of your surroundings. Strong emotions are common on all sides of this issue. We hear horns honking in encouragement and we hear some who express their disapproval. All are evidence of the power of prayer. Take care of each other, and if you ever don’t feel safe for any reason, leave.
- Spread the word. You can print out flyers about the campaign and share them with your churches, ministry groups, and friends.
May God’s grace and blessings be with us all!
Promoting a Culture of Life: All Catholics are invited to join the Catholic Legislative Network to receive updates and
action alerts on social justice issues at cacatholic.org and to join “We Were Born Ready,”
state-wide strategic campaign to empower, equip, mobilize, and resource Catholics to serve women,
children and families, and especially women in difficult and unexpected pregnancies at
Any questions, contact the Office for Life, Peace and Justice at [email protected]