Pro-life group Human Life International has launched a campaign to St Michael to pray for the conversion of abortionists.
"The fight against the culture of death is primarily a spiritual battle," according to HLI president Fr Thomas J. Euteneuer, Catholic News Agency reports.
"Human Life International knows that with the aid of St Michael, abortionists around the world will convert from their cooperation with evil."
"Nowhere are the words of St Paul that 'our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens' (Ephesians 6:12), more evident or obvious than in the abortion battle," he continued.
"As a pro-life organisation we are naturally concerned with the babies killed by abortion and their mothers who are ravaged by it. But we are also concerned with the eternal souls of those caught up in this evil, the abortionists, and others who promote it. We want to see them in Heaven, and as a priest that is of ultimate concern to me."
HLI is asking people to sign a pledge of support for the campaign and to pray the St Michael prayer daily, especially after each Mass. The organisation also asks people to send copies of the pledge to parishes to be inserted in the weekly bulletins.
Meanwhile, a Victorian doctor has launched her own campaign against the abortion law reform bill now before the state's Upper House of Parliament, The Australian reports.
GP Janet Gross has placed a sign outside her practice in the southeastern suburb of Dandenong saying: "Dear patients, I do not refer women for abortion. I will not obey the proposed legislation forcing doctors to refer for abortion."
Dr Gross said she expected to be taken before the medical board if parliament approved the laws.
"I am confronting them," she said. "I am saying, 'Go ahead, come and get me.' They will probably shut me down."
The new laws, to go before the upper house next Tuesday, remove abortion from the Crimes Act and allow terminations before 24 weeks' gestation, after which the support of two doctors is needed. The laws passed the lower house 47 votes to 35.
Pro-life group launches campaign to pray for abortionists' conversion (Catholic News Agency, 30/9/08)
Doctor anger against abortion laws grows (The Australian, 1/10/08)
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