Christendom College joins with pro-life advocates across the nation today, June 24, in celebrating the landmark Dobbs v. Jackson Supreme Court decision which has overturned the Roe v. Wade decision in the United States. With the decision, abortion is no longer a constitutional right in the United States — an enormous victory for the rights of unborn children and for the pro-life movement that Christendom has been a part of since its founding.
“It is with great joy that we receive the news of the Supreme Court overturning the horrific Roe decision,” says College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell. “We rejoice that, once again, the opportunity to defend innocent human life has been reaffirmed in our beloved country. Let us pray that, through our acts of love and kindness, no woman will ever be forced to face a decision where she feels it necessary to kill her child. May we continue to work with love, compassion and courage so that no woman, man or child ever has to suffer the evil effects of abortion. May the scourge of abortion be removed from our country forever. Praise God for His goodness.”
The Dobbs v. Jackson decision overturned Roe v. Wade, which first declared a constitutional right to abortion in 1973, and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which reaffirmed that right in 1992. With the overturn of Roe and Casey, the ability to protect the rights of the unborn returns to the American people through their elected officials. States are now allowed to ban abortion and many are expected to do so — bringing the United States another step closer to the end of abortion across the nation.
Since 1977, Christendom College has proudly stood for the rights of the unborn, with students, faculty, staff, and alumni passionately joining in the cause. As a college, Christendom has cancelled classes each year since its founding so that the entire college community could attend the National March for Life in Washington, D.C. The college has been a sponsor of the March and even led it on five different occasions — the most for any college — including this past January.
The student body has joined in the pro-life movement in many other ways as well since 1977, including through the college’s pro-life club Shield of Roses. Created in the year of the college’s founding, Shield of Roses has left campus early on Saturday mornings for nearly 45 years to travel to a nearby abortion clinic and pray for an end to abortion.
Over the years, the group has seen the fruits of their prayerful protest, with two abortion clinics prayed at by Shield of Roses shutting down. The group’s efforts have been applauded by many, including the Diocese of Arlington’s Bishop Michael Burbidge, with the bishop joining the group on multiple occasions.
Christendom has many alumni who are also active in the pro-life movement, fighting the legal battle in Washington D.C. or working with pregnancy centers in their local communities, including Live Action’s Vice President for Strategic Partnerships Lauren (Merz) Bielinski. The country owes a debt of gratitude to these alumni and the thousands of others working in the pro-life movement for their years of prayers, work, and sacrifice.
Nearly 50 years after the Roe v. Wade decision, the prayers and sacrifices of generations have been answered. While this is an enormous victory, Christendom’s stand for the rights of the unborn does not end here and will continue until the scourge of abortion has been removed from our country forever.