Originally published at Orange County Catholic

On the eve of the long-awaited Dobbs decision that will likely overturn Roe v Wade, I am grateful to see my brother bishops in California so actively and ardently fighting to protect life in our state.

Our state’s bishops and diocesan leaders are prophetically engaging, under the leadership of CCC President Bishop McElroy, to respond to this uniquely challenging moment. The past years have seen continuous assaults on life, through physician-assisted suicide, and now with the extensive work to create an abortion sanctuary in California. Yet, the CCC is unified, now more than ever, in its work to be a voice for life and dignity in the state.

The California legislature has advanced no less than 19 bills for abortion protections this year, including expansion of the abortion workforce, incentives for abortion providers and clinicians, and $125 million of taxpayer money to fund abortions and all the ancillary expenses of the procedure. The Executive Director of the CCC has testified against multiple abortion expansion bills, including the truly terrible constitutional amendment, which would enshrine the right to abortion in our state constitution.

Diocesan respect life leaders from San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles wrote a tremendous op-ed in the San