Blog & Pastor Letters

Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix Statement on Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Decision of the Supreme Court


“Every human life, from conception to natural death, no matter the circumstances, is a direct gift from God.

“With today’s decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, in Dobbs v. Jackson, I rejoice that our country has begun to repair the damage done to our nation by the catastrophes of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey—two Court decisions that led to the destruction of more than 60 million lives and confused our nation’s laws and moral conscience. It is providential that this decision was released on the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

“Today we can begin to heal from this wound. I gratefully join my voice to the clear Statement of the US Bishops in response to this decision.

“For decades, those in the Pro-Life movement have prayed, sacrificed, peacefully demonstrated, and walked with mothers in need to uphold the dignity of every human life.

“Let today’s decision be a turning point for our nation—the day we renew our commitment to uphold the inalienable rights in the Declaration of Independence and build a culture of life and civilization of love. Let us redouble our efforts to accompany mothers in need, act as peacemakers with all our fellow citizens, strengthen laws that protect innocent life, and proclaim the dignity of every human person, each of whom is made in the image of our loving God.”

Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Apostolic Administrator
Most Rev. Eduardo A. Nevares, Auxiliary Bishop of Phoenix