" Here in New Jersey the SCOTUS decision won’t affect laws – but we are looking to change hearts and minds. " James King NJCC executive director

Although abortion is no longer protected by federal law, that doesn’t mean the battle for the unborn has ended.

The June 24 decision of the United States Supreme Court to overturn Roe in its ruling on the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case has moved the legality of abortion back to individual states. And in New Jersey, where abortion remains protected by state law, pro-abortion advocates have doubled down on making it accessible for any reason, without restriction.

A Town Square webinar is planned July 14 at 6:30 p.m. by the New Jersey Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the Bishops of New Jersey. Titled “Analyzing the Dobbs Decision: Building a Culture of Life in New Jersey,” the webinar will take place on Zoom, and all who wish to attend may register at njcatholic.org. Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will offer a pre-recorded opening prayer and message for the webinar.

“The Catholic Bishops of New Jersey recognize that now is the time for Catholics and people of good will to work together to build a society where every woman has the support and resources she needs to bring her child into this world in love,” stated the NJCC action alert on the webinar, which was emailed and posted online June 27.

“Here in New Jersey the SCOTUS decision won’t affect laws – but we are looking to change hearts and minds,” said James King, NJCC executive director. “You can overturn laws, but it won’t mean anything unless people understand the horror of abortion on society.”

Three panelists for the webinar – Paul Linton, Charlie Camosy and Rachel Hendricks – will help provide legal analysis of the Dobbs decision, insights on establishing a culture of life, and tips and suggestions for concrete, actionable steps Catholics can take in their communities to help mothers, children and their families.

Linton, a private practice attorney engaged in the pro-life movement for 35 years, was general counsel for Americans United for Life, a national public interest law firm. He will provide legal analysis of the SCOTUS decision and how the ruling could impact further legislation at state and federal levels.

Camosy is professor of medical humanities at the Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, Neb., and spent 14 years in Fordham University’s (N.Y.) theology department. His talk will focus on the proactive support policies that help mothers, children and families obtain needed resources.

Hendricks is Respect Life Ministry coordinator for the Diocese, having served as president of a regional multi-parish pro-life committee and as director of her local Elizabeth Ministry. She will discuss how the Diocese of Trenton Respect Life Ministries is working to promote and develop programs to assist pregnant and parenting mothers and families, and how to mobilize efforts at the parish level.