When the Supreme Court of the United States recently overturned Roe v. Wade, the decision caused tension and anger and further polarized our people. How might we Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace respond?
We, Dominican Sisters and Associates, stand up, stand firm, stand bravely for social change to protect ALL life, change which supports women and children and those with least advantage. We stand with the US Bishops who wrote: “May a renewed commitment to life overflow into increased protection of unborn children and expanded support for their mothers and families.” (USCCB, Standing with Moms in Need, March 15, 2022) We also affirm Archbishop Rozanski’s words: “The Catholic Church has always proclaimed that every human being, born and unborn, is endowed by our Creator with the right to be protected and cherished. . . the Church will continue serving those who are most vulnerable and bearing witness to the dignity of every human, regardless of religion, race, age, or any other factor.”
Overturning Roe vs. Wade is not the end of a campaign, but the beginning of a more just and life-centric focus for legislation and efforts for the common good: efforts that will end abortion, reduce poverty, increase gun controls, abolish the death penalty, erase racism, and heal the Earth.
We welcome this opportunity to prioritize a culture of life, where every human person is treated with dignity and enjoys the right to full development. The path to refocusing our national priorities remains uphill and requires a change of heart in all of us. Without a change of heart, a change in the law will accomplish nothing.