"Big Four" Highlights


Day of the Unborn

Time of prayer and witness to the value of human life

As the Knights of Columbus Day of the Unborn Child approaches (March 25/26), the fraternal Order is highlighting the results of a major poll indicating a broad consensus among Americans for support of abortion restrictions.

The Knights of Columbus-Marist Poll found that 79 percent of Americans say that they would not allow abortion after the first three months of pregnancy. Fifty-one percent would only allow abortion – at most – in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother, or would not allow it at all. The numbers have held up over time and are almost unchanged from two years ago.

“Almost four decades after the Supreme Court’s decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, which resulted in the almost totally unrestricted abortion regime of today, these decisions continue to be out of step with the vast majority of Americans,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “Far from being settled law, the inadequacy of the Court’s reasoning on abortion in Roe and Doe is readily apparent to most Americans. Once a survey moves beyond the labels of pro-life and pro-choice, we see a fundamental unity among Americans in favor of significant abortion restrictions.”

In addition, the survey found that a large majority of Americans (84 percent) believe that laws can protect both the life of the unborn and health and well-being of women. That number was consistent with – and slightly higher than – findings two years ago when the number who said both could be protected was 81 percent.

The Knights of Columbus has been a leader in the pro-life movement since the beginning, and provides a number of prayer and event resources for the observance of the Day of the Unborn Child, which coincides with the Solemnity of the Annunciation (March 26 this year), when Jesus took flesh in the womb of the Blessed Mother.

A major program of the K of C for the past three years has been the highly effective Ultrasound Initiative, which has placed more than 160 ultrasound machines in pro-life pregnancy centers around the United States, to give pregnant women an informed choice. Many women have already chosen to give birth to their babies, which is something to celebrate on this Day of the Unborn Child.