SPRINGFIELD – Springfield Bishop William D. Byrne has issued the following statement following the June 24 Supreme Court ruling which has overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision on abortion:
“I affirm today’s Supreme Court decision, upholding each state’s right to defend life. Here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts we still have much work to do so that all citizens recognize the sanctity of all human life. We continue to work, advocate and pray that our brothers and sisters will recognize the right to life of the most vulnerable among us. This includes not just the unborn who are so precious to us, but all people who are vulnerable. We will continue to work to affirm this right, the right given by God alone that all life is sacred and intended.
“We will continue to support women and families facing a crisis pregnancy through the many ministries and services in the Diocese of Springfield.
“I also pray that those who are upset by this decision will raise their voices in a peaceful manner.”