Sunday, April 22, 2007

Bishop Carlson Applauds Supreme Court's Decision

Bishop Robert J. Carlson released the following statement regarding today's U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Partial Birth Abortion Act of 2003:
"Today's ruling by the Supreme Court to uphold the national ban on partial-birth abortion offers hope that our country’s leaders do understand their duty to protect the natural rights of all people – even the unborn. The majority was correct to recognize that the law 'expresses respect for the dignity of life' because all human life deserves to be protected, especially the lives of the most vulnerable.
"This decision rightly recognizes the fetus, partially delivered, is a viable form of life 'by common understanding and scientific terminology' and points to that fact that killing that baby 'just inches before the completion of the birth process' is unacceptable and inhuman.
"It is still a great tragedy, however, that more than 1 million abortions are reported to be performed in the United States each year, most of those taking place in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Those lives, sadly, still remain unprotected under today's ruling.
"The church has taught since its very beginnings that the killing of the unborn is intrinsically evil, murder, and can never be justified. In 1973, when the Supreme Court first interpreted abortion on demand as a constitutional right, the Justices failed to protect the lives of the most innocent and defenseless members of the human race. I pray that today’s ruling is one of many steps from our leaders in Washington to do more to protect the right to life of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens."

No comments: