Statement by Bishop Burbidge before the Dobbs vs. Jackson decision
As our country awaits the historic decision of the Supreme Court of the United States on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, reminds us of the teaching of the Catholic Church on the profound value and dignity of all human life, which begins at conception. This teaching leads us to defend and defend the most vulnerable life in society: the child in its mother’s womb.
In union with our efforts to protect the unborn child is our constant and unwavering support for women and couples facing unexpected or difficult pregnancies. The Catholic Church is deeply committed to ensuring that those who courageously choose life receive the practical, emotional and spiritual resources they need to welcome their child into this world.
Here are some of the ways our diocese and parishes offer support:
- Prayer Opportunities – Mass for the respect of life, monthly holy hours, rosaries and spiritual adoption plans
- Catholic charities – providing accommodation, medical care and counseling for pregnant women as well as direct assistance to families in need
- Gabriel Project – confidential helpline, mentoring and practical support for pregnant women
- Walk with moms – initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for parish efforts and the development of local resources on pregnancy
- Project Rachel – ministry and support to those dealing with the emotional pain and consequences of abortion
For more information on how to get involved or offer support, please contact your parish Respect Life leader or the Diocesan Respect Life office.