Catholic Conference Praises Supreme Court Decision, Calls for Action and Healing
The North Dakota Catholic Conference rejoices that the United State Supreme Court has remedied a grave injustice that for too long prevented states from becoming sanctuaries for life.
We believe that North Dakota should be a welcoming community. But when it came to welcoming and protecting the unborn, our hands were tied for fifty years by a deeply flawed legal decision. The Roe decision was on shaky constitutional grounds from its beginning. North Dakotans have prayerfully and steadfastly worked decades for this day, including establishing laws to immediately protect unborn human life.
We cannot, however, rest with overturning Roe and legally protecting unborn life. Building a culture of life means making abortion unthinkable. This will require all parts of society to reexamine and address what they can do so that no woman ever feels that the death of her child is the answer to any situation. Businesses, families, churches, charities, and governments must support and implement policies and practices that are pro-family, pro-woman, and pro-child. The State of North Dakota should, at a minimum, double funding for the Alternatives to Abortion program and expand it to include more services and more children, born and unborn.
We are mindful that the false promises of Roe have caused many wounds and divisions in our community, from women harmed by abortion to animosities driven by political and ideological agendas. As we take this next step toward a more just society, the Catholic Church in North Dakota is committed to healing these wounds and divisions with prayer and action.
The North Dakota Catholic Bishops' Voice on Public Policy
Formed in 1970 by the Roman Catholic Bishops of North Dakota, the North Dakota Catholic Conference is the means by which the Catholic bishops of the state act together on public policy matters for the mutual well-being of the Catholic Church and all citizens throughout the state. By collaborating with political and public organizations, the North Dakota Catholic Conference, inspired by Sacred Scripture and the teachings of the Church, works at the appropriate level of government for legislation and regulations that reflect the Gospel message of respecting for human life and promoting the common good.
What We Do
The North Dakota Catholic Conference acts on behalf of the Roman Catholic bishops of North Dakota to respond to public policy issues of concern to the Catholic Church and to educate Catholics and the general public about Catholic social doctrine.