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Bishop Mark Bartchak issued the following statement today (June 24, 2022) in response to the United States Supreme Court opinion in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health.

“The decision of the United States Supreme Court in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health has not settled the national debate over the issue of abortion. Catholic teaching is clear when it comes to upholding the sanctity of every life from the moment of conception until the moment of natural death. The Church always stands in defense of the unborn, but our pro-life commitment does not end there. Through the tireless efforts of our charitable outreach, we continue the good work begun by Jesus, Himself, by serving the poor, feeding the hungry, caring for the sick, welcoming the stranger, and accompanying every individual on his or her unique journey – regardless of their faith tradition. This includes women facing unplanned pregnancies and young families dealing with unexpected challenges. I pray that all Americans will unite with the Catholic Church in supporting a culture in which all life is recognized and celebrated as a precious gift from God and worthy of protection, care, and nurturing.”

Bishop Bartchak
Eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown


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