Dear Fathers, Deacons, and Parish and School Staff:
As you are aware, we anticipate the U.S. Supreme Court will issue its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization by the end of June. It is possible that this decision could have a significant impact on access to abortion in the United States. For example, it has been speculated that the court could overturn Roe v. Wade, at which point laws in individual states will govern access to abortion. While current Michigan law bans abortion, there is a proposed ballot initiative that, if passed, would enshrine “a right to abortion” in the state constitution.
Regardless of what happens in Washington or in Lansing, one thing will remain true: We must continue and expand all our efforts to accompany women and couples who are facing unexpected or difficult pregnancies, and we must always offer our love and mercy to those suffering from abortion. As Archbishop Vigneron wrote in March of this year regarding the Michigan ballot initiative: “It is critical that any pregnant woman considering abortion knows that she has better options available and, most importantly, that she knows the love of Christ as shared through the witness borne by you, me, and all Catholics.” Our parishes in the Archdiocese of Detroit must strive to offer compassion and mercy alongside concrete assistance to those in need.
With this in mind, and in collaboration with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC), I wish to share with you a collection of materials meant to aid you and your parishioners in prayerfully and practically responding to the outcome of the Dobbs Supreme Court case.
- Suggested advocacy networks that parishioners can join
- Links to relevant websites, such as Walking with Moms in Need, Project Rachel Ministry, Respect Life and more.
- Bulletin quotes / links to educational tools
- Graphics (for bulletins, websites, and newsletters)
The “Dobbs Clergy Resources” contains links to suggested talking points for homilies and other communications, for your reflection and consideration.
- For local resources, I would begin with a reminder about Archbishop Vigneron’s recent message regarding the Michigan Ballot initiative. Other items of potential interest include:
- The Archdiocese of Detroit’s Walking With Moms in Need initiative
- Detroit Catholic: Pro-life means pro-family: How Metro Detroit parishes are helping moms in crisis
- Detroit Catholic: Catholic, pro-life leaders decry petition to enshrine abortion in Michigan constitution
- Michigan Catholic Conference’s Advocacy News Room
- Project Rachel Ministry videos (short videos about Project Rachel and its impact)
I hope that you find these resources helpful in your ministry, and I encourage you to continue to speak clearly and compassionately to the wide range of commentary prior to and following the Dobbs decision. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com or (734) 716-6603.
Sincerely in Christ,
Deacon Fred Billotto
Director of Evangelical Charity