A pro-life advocate is seen near the U.S. Supreme Court Dec. 1, 2021, the day justices heard oral arguments in a case about a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks of gestation.

ORLANDO  |  When the U.S. Supreme Court offered its 5 to 4 ruling on the Dobbs v. Jackson case June 24, 2022, Catholic Church leaders welcomed how the decision recognized that human life begins at conception.

“This ruling now undoes the grave injustice of 1973, when Roe v. Wade decided that an entire class of human beings, the preborn, were outside the protection of the law,” Bishop Frank J. Dewane wrote in a statement following the ruling. “Now the states will once again have the opportunity to protect the lives of preborn children and in doing so, also protect millions of women from the tragic consequences of abortion. Of course, legal protection must be accompanied by more care for mothers and their children.”

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