If Roe v. Wade is indeed overturned, as the recently leaked Supreme Court majority opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health indicates, 26 states are poised to either ban or restrict abortion. Colorado will not be one of them.
Shortly before the Supreme Court considered the Dobbs v. Jackson case, Bishop Golka called on the faithful of our diocese to pray and fast for the conversion of the minds and hearts of all people in this great nation to defend and protect the personhood of every human life from the moment of conception. He specifically asked us to pray for the courage of the justices and that the Mississippi law be upheld. (See the “Pray for Dobbs” tab on the diocesan Respect Life website)
Looking at the leaked decision, it would seem our prayers have been answered. In fact, the overturn of Roe v. Wade would be an answer to the prayers of many over five decades.
Please remember: the Dobbs decision is not yet final.
When the final decision is released, if it resembles the leaked draft and Roe v. Wade is overturned, abortion access in Colorado does not change.
Such a decision returns abortion policymaking to individual states.
On April 4, 2022, Governor Polis signed into law the Reproductive Health Equity Act (RHEA) codifying in Colorado law unfettered access to abortion up to birth.
The states that border Colorado, except for New Mexico, will limit or prohibit abortion in the event Roe and its companion cases are overturned. That will make Colorado an abortion destination. The Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood on Centennial Blvd., already considered a mega-facility due to the sheer volume of abortions they perform, will see a massive increase in business.
Does this mean we are powerless to affect abortion in Colorado? By no means.
While we must continue to vote for candidates who support life, we must do more. We dare not rely solely on our state government to address the grave injustice of abortion.
Our diocese supports several initiatives dedicated to supporting women and families in addition to promoting prayer and fasting to end abortion. This is how you can make a difference.
We know the prayers of pro-life warriors are powerful and can be a sign of hope when that prayerful presence is on the sidewalk outside an abortion facility. We have spoken with abortion-minded women who changed their minds and chose life upon seeing such a presence.
We must pray and we must continue to support community programs that provide life-affirming material resources for families in need like Catholic Charities, Life Network, Save the Storks, Mater Filius, and Gabriel Project. This is not a “one or the other” option. We must do both if we hope to shift the culture.
The Respect Life Apostolate challenges every confirmed, non-homebound Catholic to give one-hour this year to being a sign of hope, a witness to God’s love, on the Planned Parenthood sidewalk. We believe this public witness can change our culture. In other states, such efforts have resulted in the closure of abortion facilities. With God’s help, it can happen here.
For more information about how to participate in the “1-Hour in 1-Year Challenge”, and answers to common questions about praying at the sidewalk please email email@example.com.
(Julie Bailey is Director of the Respect Life Apostolate of the Diocese of Colorado Springs. Ashley Slack assists with the Respect Life Apostolate’s Miscarriage Ministry.)