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"Roe vs. Wade" Overturned

June 24, 2022

Statement on "Roe vs. Wade" Overturned

June 24, 2022, is a historic day in the life of our country, our Church, the pro-life movement across the United States of America, and most especially in the lives of the unborn. On this day the Supreme Court of the United States issued a landmark ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.


For almost 50 years, this unjust decision allowed some people to decide whether tens of millions of unborn babies lived or died. It is important to understand that as Americans, we are created equal, with the God-given rights to LIFE, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In 1973, this truth was grievously denied by the decision of Roe v. Wade in a ruling made by the U.S. Supreme Court. This ruling legalized and normalized the taking of millions of innocent human lives. Generations have been affected by that 1973 decision.

While we are grateful for this historic decision, we know that we must continue to be steadfast in educating people and be vigilant in praying for the unborn, their mothers and fathers, and the pro-life movement. We must also pray for peace and for the conversion of hearts.


I invite each and every one of you to take this opportunity to actively participate in some way to support the pro-life movement. This can be in the form of daily prayers, Rosary, Mass, or active participation in our parish Respect Life Ministry. We must stand together for the cause of LIFE.


As President of the Ave Maria Respect Life Ministry, I am grateful and humbled when I see the Hand of God in the work that the pro-life movement is doing both here in Ave Maria and in the Diocese of Venice.

For more information about the Ave Maria Respect Life Ministry, contact Sharon Levesque, President:


US Conference of Catholic Bishops and FL Conference of Catholic Bishops Statements (links):


Statement from the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops


Statement from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops