A prayer for a country struggling with mental health, abortion

Jessica A. Johnson

Zeeland community members gather for a National Day of Prayer ceremony Thursday, May 5, 2022, outside Zeeland City Hall.

This is a column by Athens native, Jessica Johnson, a lecturer at The Ohio State University’s Lima campus. She is a regular contributor to the Athens Banner-Herald.

May 5 was our National Day of Prayer, and judging by media headlines of this week and the end of April, humble supplications before God are sorely needed.

The leak of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s draft majority opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade has ramped up the already bitter, partisan opposing sides of pro-life against pro-choice.

The fight will get even more contentious as Alito also stated that Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the 1992 ruling that enforced a new benchmark regarding the restriction of abortions in Pennsylvania, should be overruled.

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