Despite their pro-life bona fides, a five-member panel at a July 14 Georgetown University forum voiced their hesitancies with the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision that overturned the court’s landmark Roe v. Wade ruling 49 years earlier….

“We were happy to see the overturning of Roe v. Wade, but Dobbs made it worse,” said Kathleen Domingo, executive director of the California Catholic Conference.

“The response has just been extreme,” she added, “with people trying to almost double down on our promotion of abortion in California,” and she counted 20 pieces of legislation introduced in the past month. “So, we definitely have some mixed emotions….”

The panelists made their comments during a [July 14 online] forum titled “The Consistent Ethic of Life after Dobbs: Directions and Challenges,” sponsored by Georgetown’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life.

….In California, “what the bishops want to do, what the Catholics want to do, is expand assistance to work on the public safety net,” Domingo said, but lawmakers’ current focus on abortion as a right makes that nearly impossible.

“We hear on the ground: Listen, it is really hard to raise families in California. Gas prices are skyrocketing, house prices are through the roof. … The education system in California is terrible. They are looking for help to get by and raise their families well,” she said….


The above comes from a July 15 story in Crux.