Feb 3, 2013 / 04:03 pm
Organizations that offer pro-life aid for women facing difficult pregnancies stressed that there are both resources and tools available for mothers in need.
The Sisters of Life “invite the women to come and live with us,” Sister Johanna, Superior of the Holy Respite in Manhattan, told CNA.
In addition to the religious vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, Sisters of Life take an additional vow to protect and defend the sacredness of human life.
Founded in 1991 by Cardinal John O’Connor of New York, the sisters care for expectant mothers, offer retreats and provide aid to women suffering from a past abortion.
Sister Johanna explained that women can come to the sisters at any stage in pregnancy, and “they are welcome to stay with us until they get back on their feet.”
During their stay at the convent, the material needs of both the mother and child are taken care of, allowing them “to just relax and be and pray and dream,” she said.
Even after their child is born and they have moved out of the convent, the sisters provide “any materials we’ve been given,” to continue assisting each mother.
“We always walk with them for as long as they need,” Sister Johanna added, saying that many mothers will often “check in” and visit, creating a strong and lasting community among the women.
Numerous members of the Sisters for Life attended the 2013 March for Life in Washington, D.C. The annual march – held this year on Jan. 25 – commemorates the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 court decision that effectively legalized abortion throughout America.
The National Maternity Housing Coalition was also present at the march. Sponsored by Heartbeat International, the coalition seeks to help homeless mothers in crisis pregnancy situations connect with housing providers.
“We can say to any woman in a crisis pregnancy situation in the United States, you can get help,” said Christopher Bell, founding member of the coalition. …