Catholic Diocese of Green Bay addresses SCOTUS ruling on abortion rights

The diocese says there's more work to do. Doctors express confusion over what happens now.
Published: Jun. 24, 2022 at 1:47 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2022 at 10:26 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay addressed the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade Friday, expressing gratitude for this decision.

“The most fundamental, foundational right is the right to be born and the right to live,” The Very Reverend John Girotti, vicar general and moderator of the curia for the Diocese of Green Bay, said. “Without this right, no other right applies. We are not free if we don’t have a right to live. There are signs of hope, and today’s decision is one of them.”

The diocese said while this is a great step in the right direction, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.

“May this movement grow, and may the voices of the people resonate and reverberate for a robust change of opinion and enrich our country, not just on the issue of abortion but other issues that impact the dignity of human life,” Girotti said.

Speakers from the Pro-Life office of the Diocese said they plan to continue their work helping mothers and those experiencing unplanned pregnancies, and it hopes that this movement will bring more people to their door.

“While the announcement of the Supreme Court is met with gratitude from all of us dedicated to protecting the lives of children in the womb, we know there is still much work to be done so that all life, no matter its stage, will be reverenced and protected,” Girotti said.

The diocese also brought leaders of Vida Medical Clinic in Appleton to discuss their resources. Their executive director said they offer free, confidential health care for women who are pregnant.

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Bishop David Ricken released a statement Friday praising the court’s decision but saying work was yet to be done.

“While the announcement by the Supreme Court, is met with gratitude from all of us who have been dedicated to protecting the lives of children in the womb, we know that there is still much work to be done, so that all life, in every stage, might be reverenced and protected,” Ricken said.

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The diocese says the Supreme Court ruling is a "sign of hope"

On Friday, the high court ruled in the case Dobbs, State Health Officer of the Mississippi Department of Health et al v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization et. al.

Justice Samuel Alito delivered the opinion of the court, which was concurred by Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Justice Amy Coney Barrett and Chief Justice John Roberts.

“The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives,” reads the majority opinion.

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Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagen filed the dissent, writing: “Some States have enacted laws extending to all forms of abortion procedure, including taking medication in one’s own home. They have passed laws without any exceptions for when the woman is the victim of rape or incest. Under those laws, a woman will have to bear her rapist’s child or a young girl her father’s—no matter if doing so will destroy her life.”

“Whatever the exact scope of the coming laws, one result of today’s decision is certain: the curtailment of women’s rights, and of their status as free and equal citizens.”

A Marquette University Law School found 40 percent of adults nationwide say abortion is one of the most important issues to them.

“While abortion policy is a highly polarizing issue among elected members of Congress and state legislatures, opinion is not as strongly divided by party among the public. Table 4 shows that, while substantial majorities of Democrats and independents say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, a substantial minority of Republicans also say it should be legal always or mostly. A majority of Republicans say it should always or mostly be illegal,” reads the findings.

“Asked what public policy on abortion should be, 29% say abortion should be legal in all cases, 38% say legal in most cases, 24% say it should be illegal in most cases, and 8% say illegal in all cases.”

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