Breaking: A WIN FOR HUMAN LIFE! Supreme Court Reverses Roe v. Wade and Restores Hope for Health Care
For Immediate Release
June 24, 2022
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Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down an historic ruling, overturning its own precedent in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and empowering individual states to protect preborn human life. It also upheld the Mississippi 15-week abortion ban in Dobbs v. Jackson.
Dr. Steven White, President of the Catholic Health Care Leadership Alliance (CHCLA) and former president of the Catholic Medical Association, issued the following statement on the ruling:
“The Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade marks a new era in the practice of medicine – and in Catholic health care especially. Finally, the highest court in the land will no longer shelter abortionists from the force of the law. States may now enact life-preserving measures and protect human beings at every stage. We are anxious to see the integrity of medicine restored as a result of this ruling.
Catholic health care exists to serve people in exactly these vulnerable moments. Since the first Catholic hospital was operated by the Church, we have been continuously and completely pro-life and committed to the care of every patient.
As we move forward into this new era in our nation’s governance, we must draw upon the wellspring of ethical teaching within the Church. Our ethics exhort us to uphold human dignity, tend to the poorest among us, and work to preserve the common good of society.
This includes women who find themselves in unexpected pregnancies. As Jesus met all people with compassion, so we must meet all women and children with care and concern, not killing and quick fixes.”
The Supreme Court’s decision returns the regulation of abortion to the individual states and their state legislatures. At least 13 states currently have a law that will ban most abortions now that the central holding of Roe has been overturned.
This decision will have far-reaching implications for the practice of medicine within Catholic health care facilities and hospitals. The deafening tension between the deadly abortion procedure and the life-saving mission of medicine has been felt strongly by Catholic medical professionals. Earlier this month, Dr. White spoke into this issue in the National Catholic Register, showing the role of ethics in the practice of medicine in Catholic hospitals.
Launched in January of this year, the CHCLA, is a new non-profit organization and broad-based coalition of organizations who are committed to protecting and advancing Catholic health care. CHCLA held a press conference and inaugural event on January 20, 2022 entitled “CHCLA: A Vision for Catholic Health Care” at the Kirby Center at Hillsdale College, in Washington, D.C.
The CHCLA Board of Directors represent an alliance of organizations including the Catholic Medical Association, The National Catholic Bioethics Center, Catholic Benefits Association, Catholic Bar Association, and Christ Medicus Foundation. CHCLA also has an Episcopal Advisory Board made up of bishops who support its mission.
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About the Catholic Health Care Leadership Alliance
The Catholic Health Care Leadership Alliance is an alliance of faithful Catholic organizations that supports the rights of patients and professionals to receive and provide health care in accordance with the moral, ethical, and social teachings of Jesus Christ and His Church through ongoing evangelization, education, advocacy, and mutual support. For more information, please visit www.catholichealthalliance.org.