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Priests for Life has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to “end the charade that Roe v. Wade was correctly decided.”
In an amicus brief submitted in support of the state of Mississippi’s request to overturn the 1973 decision that legalized abortion, Priests for Life asserted, “This fateful decision has no legitimate foundation in law, it continues to tear at the fabric of our nation, and it has corrupted our judicial system. It is time for it to go.”
In its upcoming term the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health, and the justices will decide the constitutionality of pre-viability protections for babies in the womb. A Mississippi law protecting babies in the womb after 15 weeks is at the heart of the case.
The Priests for Life brief, submitted by attorneys Robert Muise and David Yerushalmi of the American Freedom Law Center, who also serve as general counsel for Priests for Life, argues that not only was Roe v. Wade wrongly decided but that states have a compelling interest in preventing abortion’s “devastating impact on women and their families.”
The brief includes personal testimony of the way abortion harmed women who are now part of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, a joint project of Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life.
“Priests for Life believes it is imperative that this Court hear their voices because these testimonies demonstrate that abortion is not only fatal to the unborn, it is exceedingly harmful to women,” the brief states. “The collective voice of these victims cries out to this Court to take bold action to permit states to mitigate if not halt altogether the devastating harm caused by abortion.”
Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life and co-founder of Silent No More, said the voices of women must be heard.
“As we have been saying since 2003, experience trumps rhetoric,” Mrs. Morana said. “Abortion is not healthcare and it doesn’t help women. In fact, it is the nuclear weapon in the war against women.”
Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, noted that the brief also mentions the work of Rachel’s Vineyard, a ministry of Priests for Life that offers weekend healing retreats to women and men suffering after abortion. Rachel’s Vineyard has spread across the country and to 80 nations around the globe.
“There can no longer be a debate about whether or not abortion harms our society,” Father Pavone said. “In addition to some 62 million children killed by abortion in the U.S. alone, there are millions of mothers and fathers, grandparents, siblings and others who have been impacted by the deaths of these innocent children.
“The Supreme Court has the opportunity to end this outrageous practice. I pray the justices will do what’s right for all Americans, born and unborn.”
Evangelist Alveda King, a Priests for Life Pastoral Associate, is also speaking up on behalf of Mississippi in this case. As a member of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign herself, she is part of the Priests for Life brief, and has also joined another brief on behalf of African-American and Latino churches and individuals.
For updates about the case and for the prayer campaign Priests for Life is leading, visit www.SupremeCourtVictory.com.
Priests for Life (EndAbortion.US) is the world’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated exclusively to ending abortion.