Statement of Bishop Ronald A. Hicks of the Diocese of Joliet on the U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade
The U.S. Supreme Court decision issued today in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturns the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion across the country. Today’s decision is an answer to decades of prayer and upholds the protection of the most innocent of all human life – the child in the mother’s womb – which has long been a tenet of Catholic social teaching. I celebrate this ruling yet mourn the fact that here, in our home state of Illinois, it will have no immediate impact given the state’s 2019 enshrinement into law of abortion as a misguided fundamental right. Perhaps the court’s ruling and recent public conversations, coupled with our own prayers, will stir within the hearts, minds and souls of our elected political leaders a greater respect for the beauty and dignity of human life from conception to natural death. I ask that you join me in earnest and fervent prayer for not only the conversion of those in civic leadership, but for those in our own homes, families and communities who need the light of Christ to see clearly how all are made in the image and likeness of God.
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