USCCB President and Chairmen Issue Statement in Advance of Dobbs Ruling

Mom And Baby

In anticipation of the Supreme Court issuing its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case that could reverse or weaken Roe v. Wade, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the chairmen of the USCCB committees serving women and families issued a statement calling for a continued commitment to assisting women, children, and families in need.

In the statement, the bishops remind us that the Church has a history of serving those in need. “From religious communities to pregnancy care centers, from refugee resettlement services to foster care and adoption agencies, and from maternity homes to parish-based ministries, the Church consistently bears witness in word and deed to the beauty and dignity of every human life—including both mother and child.”

With that history of service in mind, the bishops recommit their committees and urge dioceses, parishes, and Catholic agencies and institutions: 

  • To redouble our efforts to accompany women and couples who are facing unexpected or difficult pregnancies, and during the early years of parenthood, offering them loving and compassionate care through initiatives such as Walking with Moms in Need and countless others. 

  • To ensure our Catholic parishes are places of welcome for women facing challenging pregnancies or who find it difficult to care for their children after birth, so that any mother needing assistance will receive life-affirming support and be connected to appropriate programs and resources where she can get help. 

  • To help Catholics recognize the needs of pregnant and parenting moms in their communities, enabling parishioners to know these mothers, to listen to them, and to help them obtain the necessities of life for themselves and their children. 

  • To be witnesses of love and life by expanding and improving the extensive network of comprehensive care including pregnancy help centers, maternity homes, and Catholic health care and social service agencies. 

  • To proclaim with a clear and united voice that our society can and must protect and care for both women and their children. 

  • To redouble our advocacy for laws that ensure the right to life for unborn children and that no mother or family lacks the basic resources needed to care for their children, regardless of race, age, immigration status, or any other factor.

  • To continue to support and advocate for public policies and programs directed toward building up the common good and fostering integral human development, with a special concern for the needs of immigrants and low-income families. 

For those who suffer from the pain of abortion, the bishops also urge the faithful:

  • To proclaim God’s mercy after abortion and compassionately accompany women and men who are suffering after an abortion. 

  • To expand our diocesan abortion healing ministries, most often called Project Rachel Ministry, so that women and men receive forgiveness, healing, and spiritual renewal through Christ’s infinite mercy. 

  • To transform our parishes into what Pope Francis calls “islands of mercy in a sea of indifference” by raising Catholic awareness of the great struggle involved in an abortion, and the guilt, pain, and grief that follow. 

In these ways, the bishops state, “the Catholic Church witnesses to the sanctity of all human life, from conception to natural death, and works to build a true culture of life in our nation.”

Click here to read the full statement on the USCCB website.

March 25, 2022 - 10:50am

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