We are pleased with the United States Supreme Court ruling in the Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that has overturned the landmark abortion case of Roe vs. Wade. Throughout its history, the Catholic Church has consistently opposed legislation and other policy initiatives designed to undermine the sanctity of human life at any stage from conception to natural death.
The Catholic Church through its various ministries interacts daily with women in unexpected pregnancies; every woman’s situation is different, yet one thing is always the same – an abortion is not the answer. The Catholic Church has always provided a safe haven for expectant women and remains poised to provide aid to all women-in-need through real assistance and educational resources.
Any woman – regardless of age, religious belief or affiliation, marital status or immigration status – who is pregnant and in need can come to these ministries and they will provide the services and supports needed to help carry a baby to term and beyond. In addition, any woman struggling with post-abortive issues is also welcomed for care and healing.
Locally, we fully understand that this Supreme Court decision will not reduce the availability of abortion in Illinois. With that reality as a backdrop, state government has nothing to lose and everything to gain by working towards reducing the number of abortion and increasing assistance to help pregnant mothers in need.
Our mission will continue to focus on the real decisions surrounding pregnancy, and we look forward to a day when the law, and our culture, will recognize what we all know to be true – an unborn child deserves full protection because life begins at conception and every human life has dignity and value and should be protected by the law. Together, we can change Illinois’ culture, support mothers in need and welcome all new lives.
The Catholic Conference of Illinois has compiled a list of resources available to women in need. The link below is a complete guide: