Bishop Reflects on Dobbs Anniversary

June 25, 2024

It has been two years since the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, correctly finding that the Constitution did not contain a right to abortion. While a “National Celebrate Life Day” rally is planned on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. this weekend, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Arlington, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement on the anniversary.

“This anniversary calls us to reflect on where we have been and where we are going,” Bishop Burbidge stated. “This fall, as many as ten additional states will have abortion referenda on their ballots, allowing voters to enshrine ‘abortion rights’ and override existing pro-life safeguards. At the same time, Congress has been promoting many pro-abortion policies while largely ignoring our calls to prioritize maternal health and support for children and families in need.”

“In the spirit of faithful citizenship, I urge Catholics to engage their elected officials on all issues endangering life,” he said. “As we navigate this shifting political landscape, I cannot help but think the Holy Spirit has inspired our National Eucharistic Revival for such a time as this. Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist has the power to transform our own hearts and the heart of our culture.”

Read Bishop Burbidge’s full statement here.