Statement from Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, on today's Supreme Court ruling

Statement from Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, Director of the Association of Marian Helpers, on today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization:

Today we praise the Justices of the United States Supreme Court for their courage to uphold the dignity of human life on this, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Thanks to their ruling, the beating heart of every unborn baby will now have a chance to survive.

It is a cause for rejoicing, giving all thanksgiving and praise to God for His providential care over our nation and the lives of those entrusted to us. But it also a call for renewed prayer and action because today's announcement is not an end to abortion in our country. 

Rather, the matter is now returned to the states, which is where it should have been from the beginning. It puts the issue back in the hands of voters, for them to decide. We trust in the process.

Thus, we must redouble our prayers that voters across the country will recognize this and stand up for life, displaying the courage shown by our Supreme Court Justices and demanded by God. 

To reach this tremendous victory, we thank every man, woman, and child who, over the past 49 years, advocated for life and prayed unceasingly for this historic day. As the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has stated, it is the fruit of these labors that has brought about this momentous legal decision to uphold the natural law. 

Abortion is not a political issue. It is a pre-eminent moral issue based in natural law that states that only God, not man, is the author of life and death. Thus, this can be seen as an act of God’s mercy, as His justice could have easily resulted in further chastisement of our nation for the killing of tens of millions of innocent lives. Instead, God has given us the chance to start anew. Let us not reject this grace. 

Lastly, we call on our government officials to condemn swiftly and unequivocally any violence that may result from today's announcement, just as our government condemns other forms of violence, because all life is sacred. 

Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Patroness of the United States, pray for us. 

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