The Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade in a 6-3 decision, bringing an end to nearly a half-century of nationwide legalized abortion in the U.S.
The June 24 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was welcomed by Catholic bishops across the country.
Below is a selection of episcopal responses:
A statement signed by Bishops Thomas Olmsted and Eduardo Nevares, the apostolic administrator and auxiliary bishop, respectively, of the Diocese of Phoenix, welcomed the decision, saying that “our country has begun to repair the damage done to our nation by the catastrophes of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey—two Court decisions that led to the destruction of more than 60 million lives and confused our nation’s laws and moral conscience. It is providential that this decision was released on the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.”