Important Day For Pro-life Movement

Andrew Bath

Dear Jerry,

Today is the feast day of St. Gianna Beretta Molla, patron saint of mothers and unborn children.

An Italian pediatrician, St. Gianna dedicated her life to caring for children and spreading her faith through the organization, Catholic Action. She was also a loving wife and mother.

Tragically, Gianna was diagnosed with a tumor in her uterus early in her fourth pregnancy. Doctors gave her three options, two of which would save her life but take her unborn child’s life.

Gianna chose the third option – removing the tumor and continuing with her pregnancy, despite the risk of further complications.

As a physician, Gianna understood that she may very well lose her own life. But she was adamant and told her family, “If you must decide between me and the child, do not hesitate: choose the child. I insist on it. Save the baby.”

A week after delivering her fourth child via Caesarean section, Gianna passed away.

On April 24, 1994, Gianna was beatified by Pope John Paull II.

In 2003, an expectant mother experienced a tear in her placenta when she was 16-weeks pregnant and was told her baby’s chances of survival were slim to none. The mother prayed to Gianna Molla and asked for her intercession. She went on to deliver a healthy baby.

Jerry, on May 16, 2004, Gianna Molla was officially canonized as a saint.

Today, expectant mothers and mothers across the world turn to St. Gianna in their time of need.

On this feast day of St. Gianna, will you join me in a special intention for expectant mothers and their unborn children?

You can find a beautiful prayer to St. Gianna by Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke by following the link below.

Thank you for all you do to help the Thomas More Society build a culture of life, defend the unborn and advocate for women.


Andrew Bath
Executive Vice President and General Counsel

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