Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: One Year Post-Dobbs: How Far Have We Come?

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By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International,

Father Shenan J. Boquet was ordained in 1993 and is a priest of the Houma-Thibodaux Roman Catholic Diocese in Louisiana, his home state, where he served before joining HLI as its President in August 2011. …


“This situation, with its lights and shadows, ought to make us all fully aware that we are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the ‘culture of death’ and the ‘culture of life’. We find ourselves not only ‘faced with’ but necessarily ‘in the midst of’ this conflict: we are all involved and we all share in it, with the inescapable responsibility of choosing to be unconditionally pro-life.”

― Pope St. John Paul II, Evangelium vitae, 28.

One year ago, on June 24, 2022, the United States Supreme Court handed down its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

This decision, which overturned the Court’s previous ruling legalizing abortion in Roe v. Wade, will go down in history as perhaps the most important decision in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court.

For those of us who had worked and prayed for this—in some cases for nearly fifty years—the Dobbs decision was almost surreal.

For nearly fifty years, we had gathered annually on the National Mall in Washington D.C. in frigid January weather to demand the end of the regime of violence unleashed by Roe. For fifty years, we had chanted, “hey hey, ho ho, Roe v. Wade has got to go!” …

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