In response to the Biden Administration’s latest federal health care directive that allows providers to perform abortions in emergency situations, the national Catholic Medical Association (CMA) stated its members are “dedicated to providing the highest standard of care to both the mother and her unborn child without directly compromising either one in the process.”
U.S. President Joe Biden should consult with his bishop or parish priest about his stance on abortion, Pope Francis said, adding that the primary concern of bishops should be pastoral care.
The head of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said Monday healthcare providers must offer abortion services if the life of a mother is at risk and that procedures conducted under such circumstances would be protected under federal law regardless of various state bans.
Europe’s top body of bishops has condemned the European Parliament’s favorable vote Thursday, July 7, on a resolution calling for access to abortion to be included in the E.U. Charter of Fundamental Rights.
President Joe Biden is expected to outline formalized instructions to the Department of Justice and Health and Human Services in order to protect abortion access, just two weeks after the Supreme Court ended the constitutional right to the procedure.
A pro-life march and prayer vigil outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Little Italy turned tense on Saturday, July 3, when pro-abortion demonstrators tried to block pro-life supporters from marching to the clinic following the Mass at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral.
At a June 30 news conference in Madrid, after the close of a NATO meeting, Biden called the court’s reversal of Roe “absolutely outrageous” and said the court has “taken away” people’s privacy rights. “We (the U.S.) have been a leader on privacy rights,” he said.
With Roe v. Wade gone, pro-life voices urged accelerated support of women with unplanned pregnancies.
U.S. bishops reacted to the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade with appreciation for the decision, combined with an emphasis on the long road and important work ahead in terms of support, advocacy, and dialogue with abortion supporters.
The 6-3 ruling to overturn Roe came in the court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which was a challenge to a Mississippi law banning most abortions after 15 weeks.