From August 3-11, Catholics throughout California were asked to pray a novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe. The novena was intended to commend all young college-age women and unborn children to the protection of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the unborn.
In a letter to the parishioners of the Diocese of San José, Bishop Oscar Cantú encouraged people to pray the novena, which would “serve as an opportunity to join the struggle of women who feel the pressure to abort their children, and witness to the love and support these women and children have in the Church. May all women and unborn children find safety, support, and welcome in the Church.”
The novena was intended to raise awareness against SB 24. The state senate bill seeks to mandate all California state university health clinics to dispense abortion-inducing medications. Said Bishop Cantú, “universities should especially be safe harbors for young women and their unborn children.”
Furthermore, Bishop Cantú said, “as we joined in defense of the Seal of Confession against SB 360, may we unite with the assistance of the Blessed Mother in the defense of the most vulnerable in society against SB 24.”