Supreme Court Decision

(Response of Cardinal Keeler)

WASHINGTON (June 28, 2000) -- Cardinal William Keeler called the Supreme Court decision striking down Nebraska's ban on partial-birth abortions "a frightening development." Cardinal Keeler is Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee for Pro-Life Activities. This is the text of his statement:

Today's decision by the Supreme Court striking down Nebraska's ban on partial-birth abortions is a frightening development. It is inconceivable that the highest court in our land could find that our constitution protects the brutal destruction of innocents almost fully delivered.

The Court has shown utter disdain for the moral judgment of Americans who, through their elected representatives, have voted by wide margins to stop this practice in thirty states and at the federal level. The Court seemed to accept the flawed argument that doctors performing this procedure do not fully understand what they are doing.

This disturbing decision should be a wake-up call to the people of this country. Roe v. Wade continues to operate as nothing less than a license to destroy innocent human life. Today the Court allows not only the destruction of children inside their mothers, but children mostly outside the womb as well.

We will do everything in our power to convince our fellow citizens that Roe should no longer persist as the law of our land.

Statement of Archbishop Chaput

Teaching of Pope John Paul II

Homily on Partial Birth Abortion