June 24, 2022

Statement on the Dobbs decision from Archbishop Charles C. Thompson

(En Espanol)

Archbishop Charles C. ThompsonThe U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade restores the ability of states to provide legal protection for unborn children, protection which the Catholic Church has advocated since abortion was legalized in 1973. We pray that Indiana’s General Assembly will move quickly to pass legislation to protect the God-given dignity and humanity of all unborn babies and their mothers in our state, and we support all efforts to legally protect human life from the moment of conception until natural death.

For decades, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis has worked diligently to provide material and emotional support to women and families facing unplanned or difficult pregnancies across central and southern Indiana through its ministries such as Birthline, St. Elizabeth/Coleman Pregnancy & Adoption Services, Adoption Bridges of Kentuckiana, Lifeline for Families, Holy Family Shelter, Bethany House and Project Rachel, which offers Christ-like compassion and hope to women and men after an abortion. In addition to these archdiocesan ministries, many parishes throughout the Archdiocese also operate individual parish-based ministries to support pregnant women and women with young children.

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis remains vigilant in its efforts to do all that it can to provide loving support to women before and after the birth of their babies regardless of creed, ethnicity or language, so that no woman ever feels alone. We urge all people who care about human life and the common good to prioritize the well-being of women, children, and families with both material resources and personal accompaniment so that no woman ever feels forced to choose between improving her circumstances and the life of her child.






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