"Where life is involved, the service of charity must be profoundly consistent. It cannot tolerate bias and discrimination, for human life is sacred and inviolable at every stage and in every situation; it is an indivisible good" Evangelium vitae, no. 87
The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 issued a 6-3 ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, overturning the prior decisions of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, with the immediate effect of returning the question of abortion policy to the states.
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. In response to the Dobbs decision, Archbishop Vigneron affirmed:
"While the decision announced today by the U.S. Supreme Court is a cause for praise and thanks to God, it does not mean our work is over. I join my brother bishops in Michigan in affirming that the Church must redouble her efforts to ensure every woman, child, and family has the support necessary to thrive in pregnancy, early childhood, and beyond."
And addressing a proposed ballot initiative to include “a right to abortion” in the state constitution, Archbishop Vigneron wrote:
“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.”
With these pledges in mind, and in collaboration with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC), we wish to share with you a collection of materials and links meant to help you and others prayerfully and practically respond to the Church's call to respect and protect life from conception to natural death.
The collected resources found below include documents, statements, articles, podcasts and more that help to further explain Church teaching on respect for human life and dignity.
- As we await a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in the Dobbs v. Jackson case on abortion, Archbishop Vigneron is joined by guest host Rebecca Mastee, a policy advocate with the Michigan Catholic Conference, to discuss the Church’s response to abortion and efforts to support every woman, child, and family in need.
- Archbishop Vigneron, Mike, and Mary discuss the meaning of “inherent dignity,” and how we, as Catholics, are called to uphold the truth that all people are created in the image and likeness of God.
- Christina Marchetti talks about her ministry as Executive Director of Mother and Unborn Baby Care and how she Unleashes the Gospel in her daily life.
- The Archdiocese of Detroit’s Evangelical Charity Finder serves to connect parishes and individuals with Mission Partner Organizations in SE Michigan.
- Walking with Moms in Need is a partnership between the Archdiocese of Detroit and Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan which equips and assists Catholic parishes and parishioners in raising awareness about resources that provide assistance to pregnant and parenting moms in need. The initiative seeks to make each parish in the Archdiocese a place where moms and their babies are welcomed and supported and where the dignity of every human life is upheld and valued.
- Each year, the Catholic Church recognizes October as “Respect Life Month.” This month we place special emphasis on the reality that human life, with its inherent God-given dignity, is precious at all stages, from conception to natural death.
- Project Rachel is the Church's ministry which operates as a network of professional clergy, licensed counselors and volunteers all trained to provide one-on-one spiritual and psychological support for those individuals who are suffering from the trauma of abortion.
Seven myths about overturning Roe v. Wade (June 24, 2022)
Roe is overturned. What happens next? (June 24, 2022)
How are Catholics walking with moms in need? (June 8, 2022)
'Extreme' ballot proposal would mean 'anything goes' on abortion in Michigan, MCC says (Detroit Catholic, May 31, 2022)
'Rogue decision' blocks Michigan's 1931 abortion ban; critics question judge's impartiality (Detroit Catholic, May 18, 2022)
With Roe reversal possibly imminent, pro-life leaders turn focus to road ahead (Detroit Catholic, May 3, 2022)
Catholic leaders respond to Gov. Whitmer's lawsuit to overturn abortion criminalization law (Detroit Catholic, April 8, 2022)
Catholics must reject attempt to enshrine abortion in Michigan's constitution (Archbishop Vigneron, March 14, 2022)
Archbishop leads prayer vigil at abortion clinic, calls for building a culture of life(Detroit Catholic, September 28, 2020)
Why abortion is our ‘preeminent priority’ as faithful Catholic citizens (Fr. Stephen Pullis, September 8, 2020)
We will defeat abortion, as David defeated Goliath (Fr. Charles Fox, January 23, 2020)
Regarding 2019 Pro-Life petitions (June 26, 2019)
Fear and loathing in the abortion debate: Pro-abortion advocates ignore key question(Fr. Charles Fox, May 22, 2019)
How Catholics Walk with Moms in Need (Spring 2022)
Promoting a Respect for Life (December 2017)
- "Among the important issues involving the dignity of human life with which the Church is concerned, abortion necessarily plays a central role. Abortion, the direct killing of an innocent human being is always gravely immoral (The Gospel of Life, no. 57); its victims are the most vulnerable and defenseless members of the human family. It is imperative that those who are called to serve the least among us give urgent attention and priority to this issue of justice."
Casti connubii (Pope Pius XI, December 31, 1930; nos. 63-69)
Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes (Pope Paul VI, December 7, 1965; no. 51)
- Teaches that “from the moment of its conception life must be guarded with the greatest care” and that “abortion and infanticide are unspeakable crimes.”
Pope Paul VI, Discourse to participants in the Twenty-third National Congress of Italian Catholic Jurists (December 9, 1972) (Italian text)
Declaration on Procured Abortion (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, November 18, 1974, approved by Pope Paul VI)
Instruction on Respect for Human Life in Its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreation: Donum Vitae (Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, February 22, 1987, approved by Pope John Paul II; sec. 1)
Evangelium vitae (Pope John Paul II, March 25, 1995)
- “I declare that direct abortion, that is, abortion willed as an end or as a means, always constitutes a grave moral disorder, since it is the deliberate killing of an innocent human being” (no. 62).
- This encyclical, also known as the "Gospel of Life," deals in depth with the issue of abortion and the statement above is the Church’s most authoritative formulation of the norm against abortion.
Instruction Dignitas Personae on Certain Bioethical Questions (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, September 8, 2008, approved by Pope Benedict XVI; no. 5)
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The Sisters of Life have the incredible privilege of serving women who are vulnerable to an abortion, and women who have suffered after an abortion. What lessons have they learned to support women to choose life for themselves and their children? What helps a woman who has suffered after abortion to encounter the mercy and healing of Jesus Christ? Sr. Virginia Joy, S.V., explains.