ROE V. WADE CANCELED – Madison Catholic Herald
U.S. Supreme Court ruling fails to recognize any constitutional right to abortion
MADISON — It was a day and a decision that many people were hoping for, working and praying for, but they didn’t know when they would see it.
On Friday, June 24, Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Supreme Court of the United States rendered its opinion in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
Majority decision overturned Roe vs. Wade and other prior and related Supreme Court decisions that authorized abortion at the federal level. The Dobbs decision ruled that abortion policy decisions will now be made at the state level.
Wisconsin among them, at least half of all states plan to ban or restrict abortions with the Dobbs decision in place, and 13 states implemented trigger laws to ban abortions immediately after Roe’s overthrow.
“We believe that Roe and Casey should be vacated,” Judge Samuel Alito wrote in the court’s majority opinion.
Casey Against Planned Parenthood is the 1992 decision that upheld Roe.
Alito was joined by judges Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.
The vote to uphold Mississippi’s abortion restriction was 6 to 3, with Chief Justice John Roberts voting with the majority. In a separate opinion, he said he would not have reversed the court’s decision deer decision.
Alito, writing for the Majority, said: “The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including that on which defenders of Roe and Casey s now primarily support – the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment.
Reactions to the decision
In a statement released shortly after the decision, Bishop Donald J. Hying of Madison said the decision “offers us great hope for a deeper fulfillment of human dignity. Far fewer lives will be lost to the grave injustice of abortion, which is the deliberate and direct killing of a human being, and a culture of life can begin to take root where it was not possible before.
The Catholic Conference of Wisconsin, the public political voice of the Catholic Church in Wisconsin, applauded the decision and added that “While relieved that an inhumane and unjust right to abortion has been overturned, we are well aware that many Many pregnant women and mothers in Wisconsin face serious challenges. It is for this reason that our prayers and our work to protect every human life must increase.
In a show of praise and thanksgiving, crowds gathered at the State Capitol building in Madison and the Milwaukee County Courthouse over the weekend in recognition of the ruling.
Nationally, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) called the decision “a historic day in the life of our country, which stirs our thoughts, emotions and prayers.”
“We pray that our elected officials will now pass laws and policies that promote and protect the most vulnerable among us,” said the June 24 statement by Archbishop of Los Angeles José H. Gomez, president of the USCCB, and Archbishop of Baltimore William E. Lori, president. of the USCCB Pro-Life Activities Committee.
The decision was not accepted with similar glee across the country.
As has been the case for decades, proponents of the choice have expressed their thoughts and opinions in an almost uninterrupted stream of communication since the decision.
Opponents of the court’s decision also held rallies and demonstrations at the state Capitol as well as near the US Supreme Court building, near where pro-life groups protested. were gathered.
Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan wrote a joint dissent that highlighted the importance of the court’s previous rulings on this issue.
They added, “Regardless of the exact scope of future laws, one result of today’s decision is certain: the restriction of women’s rights and their status as free and equal citizens.”
They also noted that their dissent was “with sadness — for this court, but more so, for the many millions of American women who today have lost fundamental constitutional protection.”
The next steps
People on both sides of the issue are gearing up for their next moves after the ruling.
Following the decision, President Joe Biden addressed the nation saying, “We must restore Roe’s protections as the law of the land. We need to elect public servants who will.
“This fall, Roe is on the ballot. Individual freedoms are on the ballot. The right to privacy, to liberty, to equality, they are all on the ballot.
Pro-Life Wisconsin has started a petition urging Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul and other state prosecutors to enforce Wisconsin’s criminal abortion law.
Kaul and Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers have publicly stated that they will not enforce such abortion bans in the state.
As of June 27, Vigil for Life was still holding its vigil hours outside of the Planned Parenthood facility on Madison’s east side.
An email sent to attendees stated that “While we are not sure what services this Planned Parenthood will currently provide (their website still states it is an abortion-only facility), we will maintain our peaceful and prayerful presence on the sidewalks until they close their doors for good.
Efforts such as Walking with Mothers in Need, through which Catholic parishes and communities help pregnant women and mothers in need, are asking for increased assistance and participation in its efforts.
You can find more information on this on page 5 and on madisondiocese.org/wwmin
The Catholic Conference of Wisconsin stressed that “we will continue to support laws that protect unborn children, support marriage and family, expand care for women and children – including postpartum, mental health and addiction treatment – and improve access to child care, affordable housing, job training and nutritional support.
“We will persist in calling for increases to the earned income tax credit and the creation of a state adoption tax credit.
“Finally, we will work with all people of good will to identify and promote new protections for human life at every stage.”
In what may have been a godsend moment, Pregnancy Helpline of Madison, while celebrating its 40th anniversary the weekend following the decision, rebranded itself as “Babies and Beyond of WI”.
The organization will continue to provide care and assistance to mothers, children and families in the greater Madison area through various programs such as its Sharing Center and Diaper Bank, Safe Sleep Program, Baby Care Package and its helpline.