Archbishop William Lori, chairman of the USCCB’s committee on pro-life activities, called on the Supreme Court to “protect millions of unborn children and their mothers from this painful and life-destroying act.”
Catholic leaders made statements and prayers before and after oral argument in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which concerns a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks.
Arguments for the law, heard in the Supreme Court earlier today, directly challenge Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion across the country.
âIn the United States, abortion kills more than 600,000 babies each year. Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health could change that, âArchbishop William Lori of Baltimore said in a statement.
Archbishop Lori, who is the chairman of the USCCB’s committee on pro-life activities, urged the Supreme Court to “do the right thing and allow states to limit or ban again abortion”. In doing so, he said, the decision would “protect millions of unborn children and their mothers from this painful and life-destroying act.”
âWe invite all people of good will to stand up for the dignity of human life by joining in prayer and fasting for this important matter,â he said.
Bishop Earl Boyea of ââLansing. Michigan, launched a day of prayer and fasting in its diocese as the Supreme Court heard oral argument. The day includes Eucharistic adoration, the recitation of the Rosary, Mass and a Rosary of Divine Mercy at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Lansing.
âThe campaign to end abortion is, at its core, a spiritual battle between a civilization of love and a culture of death,â said Jenny Ingles, director of fertility and life ministries for the diocese de Lansing, in a statement. âTherefore, we must use spiritual means to finally prevail and achieve victory for unborn children, their mothers, fathers, families, and the common good of all in the United States. “
According to the statement, Bishop Boyea sent a letter to all priests in the diocese to consider adopting a similar calendar for their parishes.
Other clerics shared their support and asked for prayers on social media platforms.
âPlease pray for the Supreme Court and for these women who need our love and support,â Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco said on Twitter.
Archbishop Cordileone spoke out on the unborn child’s right to life, calling on the faithful to pray for US Representative Nancy Pelosi, a Catholic from his archdiocese who supports abortion.
Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, also requested prayers on his Twitter account.
âThis is a defining moment for our nation,â he said in a tweet. “Will we continue to destroy innocent unborn children and exploit very vulnerable women, or will we promote a genuine culture of life?” ”
Father Dan Beeman, a priest in the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia, called on the Supreme Court to âdo what is right and respect every human lifeâ on his Twitter account, invoking the help of the Virgin Mary.
Father Steve Pullis, director of evangelism, catechesis and schools for the Archdiocese of Detroit, said: âEnd Roe; End Casey. Building a culture of life â, on his Twitter account.
On November 18, the USCCB hosted an ecumenical prayer event to rally pro-life faithful before the Dobbs oral arguments. The event brought together prominent pro-life speakers, including Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas.
“Our nation is guilty of not only promoting, approving and sanctioning abortion across the country, but we are also responsible for exporting abortion around the world in a sinister form of colonial imperialism,” he said. Archbishop Naumann said at the national event.
Archbishop Naumann, who chaired the USCCB pro-life committee before Archbishop Lori was elected to this post in 2020, said worshipers should “pray, fast and work harder to end this pandemic of child sacrifice “.
Legal experts say the Dobbs vs. Jackson The case presents an ideal opportunity for the Supreme Court to reconsider previous decisions that have upheld legal abortion nationwide. Decisions in high profile cases such as Dobbs tend to come to the end of the Supreme Court’s current term, which could be late June or early July 2022.