Statement from Oklahoma Catholic Bishops on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision to Allow Texas’ Heartbeat Abortion Ban to Go Into Effect

OKLAHOMA CITY — Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal to block a Texas law that will ban abortion upon the detection of a fetal heartbeat.

The Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, and the Most Rev. David A. Konderla, Bishop of Tulsa, issued the following joint statement:

“This week’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to permit Texas’ heartbeat abortion ban to remain in effect marks a critical turning point in our decades-long battle to defend unborn life.

As a result of the ban, it is estimated that as many as 4,000 lives each month will be spared. We pray that the courts in Oklahoma will follow suit and allow our state’s recently-enacted heartbeat law to go into effect.

One doesn’t need to be Catholic to believe that abortion is an offense against human dignity and the taking of an innocent life. We are not only opposed to abortion because the Church tells us to oppose it (as a matter of faith), but because it is morally repugnant and inconsistent with respect for human life.”