The Religious Liberty Committee and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities (USCCB) this week released a note calling for peace and increased policing after attacks on Catholic churches and pro-life centers in the country.
In the statement, the chairmen of the two committees, respectively, the Archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan, and the Archbishop of Baltimore, William Lori, pointed out that the violence has increased since the leak of a draft majority decision by the United States Supreme Court that is expected to overturn the ruling in Roe v. Wade, from 1973.
This federal jurisprudence prevents American states from prohibiting abortion before the so-called viability – minimum period of gestation for a fetus to survive outside the uterus, today estimated at about 24 weeks.
“Since the leak, charities supporting pregnant mothers in need have been bombed, and pro-life organizations attacked almost daily and terrorized , and even the lives of Supreme Court justices were directly threatened,” the USCCB committees pointed out.
“In light of this, we urge our elected representatives to take a strong stand against this violence, and our law enforcement authorities to increase their vigilance in protecting those most in danger. We thank those who have already done so and encourage them to continue. Above all, each of us must choose the path of peace and open our hearts to the love that God has for his children”, they added.
Last Friday (
), the Gresham Pregnancy Resource Center, an institution in Oregon that is owned by a Christian foundation and provides assistance to mothers, children and pregnant women, was set on fire.
Also last week, a man was arrested in Maryland near the home of Conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh, one of the Supreme Court justices who in the draft indicated support for the overthrow of Roe v. Wade. Kavanaugh and other judges were the target of protests in front of their homes in May.
Also in the past month, pro-life organizations were victims of bombings in Wisconsin and Oregon, and two Catholic churches were vandalized. in Colorado.