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Diocese responds to Supreme Court Dobbs ruling
In a 6-3 decision on June 24, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. This decision confers back to individual states the right to regulate abortion.
The majority opinion, authored by Justice Samuel Alito, held:
the US Constitution does not confer the right to an abortion;
Roe and Casey are overturned;
and authority to regulate abortion returns to the people and their elected representatives.
Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities,
issued the following statement:
“This is a historic day in the life of our country, one that stirs our thoughts, emotions and prayers. For nearly fifty years, America has enforced an unjust law that has permitted some to decide whether others can live or die; this policy has resulted in the deaths of tens of millions of preborn children, generations that were denied the right to even be born.
“Today’s decision is also the fruit of the prayers, sacrifices, and advocacy of countless ordinary Americans from every walk of life. Over these long years, millions of our fellow citizens have worked together peacefully to educate and persuade their neighbors about the injustice of abortion, to offer care and counseling to women, and to work for alternatives to abortion, including adoption, foster care, and public policies that truly support families. Click here to read the full statement: https://bit.ly/3zXQfuV
We thank S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson for his immediate work to lift injunction of the S.C. Heartbeat Bill in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. We implore our state legislature to take swift and appropriate measures to protect the lives of the unborn and their mothers.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.