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The Dobbs Decision

How is a Catholic to Respond?

The U.S. Supreme Court case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization has returned the abortion debate to center stage in our already polarized culture. Despite the media frenzy and political posturing there are many important things we can do as people of faith by focusing on the needs of women and their children:

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Pray for the day when every unborn child is protected and every mother is supported.

A Prayer for Pregnant Mothers

O Blessed Mother, you received the good news of the incarnation of Christ, your Son, with faith and trust. Grant your protection to all pregnant mothers facing difficulties.

Guide us as we strive to make our parish communities places of welcome and assistance for mothers in need. Help us become instruments of God’s love and compassion.

Mary, Mother of the Church, graciously help us build a culture of life and a civilization of love, together with all people of good will, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life. Amen.

*Cf. Evangelium vitae 105 © Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Vatican City. Adapted with permission. All rights reserved. Copyright © 2019, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C. All rights reserved.

Support women in need through Catholic Charities,

The majority of those served by Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Youngstown are women and children. For instance, last year Catholic Charities’ First Step programs provided formula, diapers, wipes and other essential baby items to 2,971 low-income people who looked to the church in their time of need.

Additionally, last year Catholic Charities Basic Needs Assistance programs supported over 16,000 people with essentials such as food, hygiene items/paper products/cleaning supplies, utilities, rent,
prescriptions, clothing, and transportation. Over 7,000 people were helped through homeless outreach and homeless prevention programs.

Act on behalf of moms in need.

Parishioners can play a critical role in strengthening the connection between women in need and resources available. One approach to helping pregnant and parenting women is Walking with Moms in Need.

To learn more, contact David Schmidt in the Office of Pro-Life, Marriage, and Family Life: 330-744-8451 ext.272 or

Pray for healing for those suffering after abortion.

Project Rachel of Northeast Ohio, a ministry of the Diocese of Youngstown, provides help with post-abortion reconciliation and spiritual healing. Those who may benefit from this ministry can call or text 330-360-0430. All services are confidential.