Today, the Supreme Court made a decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, ending 50 years of federal abortion rights. This landmark ruling will put the power of abortion policy making back into the hands of the people.

The women of The Catholic Association reacted to the decision with public statements, included below.

“The pro-life movement has been fighting for this moment for 50 years. The Court’s unambiguous reversal of Roe and Casey is what the American people wanted and what the Constitution demanded. The people once more have a say in this issue of great moral consequence. And the Constitution stands taller without the weight of those two terrible decisions. But above all, this is a great day for the women who will inevitably be protected and the unborn babies will be saved by those laws already passed and those soon to be passed by Americans of goodwill. Today is just the starting point of the bigger work of building up a culture of life where women can flourish and where all are afforded the inalienable right to life.”

-Ashley McGuire, senior fellow for The Catholic Association

“We celebrate this day on which America has been liberated from the dictatorship of Roe v. Wade – a decision that has robbed the people of their voice in abortion policymaking for nearly 50 years. As a physician who daily witnesses the humanity of unborn children through ultrasound, I am filled with hope for the future of our country. Let us renew it with laws that better reflect the compassionate hearts of America’s people, and where struggling expectant moms will receive the help they need to bring their cherished children into the world.”

-Grazie Pozo Christie, M.D., senior fellow with The Catholic Association

“Today’s decision simply puts the power of abortion policy making back into the hands of the people, through their elected representatives. Let the debate begin anew between two competing visions of the value of human life and women’s flourishing. One vision is despairing, relying on the tragedy and violence of abortion to solve social problems and address inequalities. It sets mother against child rather than building structures of support for both. In contrast, the pro-life vision seeks to build a culture that treasures every child’s life, assists mothers in need, and strives towards authentic women’s equality. Our nation desperately needs hope and healing, and an increased respect for the lives of all our fellow human beings.”

-Maureen Ferguson, senior fellow at The Catholic Association

“The Supreme Court has finally returned to the people the freedom to make their own laws on abortion. But the challenges of a post-Roe world go beyond legislation. Let this be the start of a hopeful future in which our daughters are never told they must choose between their careers and the lives of their children. Let’s build a true culture of life, help mothers, and strengthen families. Women deserve better than abortion.”

-Leigh Snead, fellow for The Catholic Association