Governmental policy and legislation report No. 12

When will the Supreme Court issue the final opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Care Organization? Speculation continues as to when the final order will be issued in the case that may reverse Roe v. Wade. The short answer is that no one outside the court knows for sure. We know that the court is scheduled to issue decisions the first business day of each week beginning Monday, May 16. There are two Tuesdays following holidays that will see the release of decisions. Read more here.

Women should not be punished for having abortions. On May 12, more than 70 pro-life leaders, including Archbishop William E. Lori, chair of the USCCB pro-life committee, demanded that state lawmakers refuse to support legislation to punish or criminalize women who obtain abortions. Read a news article that includes links to the letter. 

World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Well in advance of World Day of Migrants and Refugees in September, Pope Francis has released a statement that recognizes the challenges of migration people, but also calls upon Christians to provide a dignified welcome and integration of newcomers into the community as part of their call to cooperate with God in building his kingdom. In the Pope’s view, the response to this call cannot be delayed.

New bishop in Charleston, SC. Bishop Jacques Fabre, SC, became the bishop of Charleston, SC on May 13. Cardinal Wilton Gregory, archbishop of Washington and former archbishop of Atlanta was the principal consecrator and Archbishop Gregory Hartmayer, OFM Conv., current archbishop of Atlanta will be a co-consecrator. Bishop Fabre most recently ministered at the San Felipe de Jesús Mission in Forest Park, Georgia. He is America’s first Haitian-American Catholic ordinary.  

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