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    Dobbs Statement: Catholic Bishops in Michigan Celebrate Life, Reaffirm Support for Mothers in Need

    ‘Every pregnant woman should know there is a community of compassion and support waiting to help her and her unborn or infant child.’

    The Supreme Court of the United States

    Following the momentous and historic ruling from the Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that overturns the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision — which to this day has resulted in the tragic loss of some 63 million unborn children nationally and more than 1.5 million children in Michigan — the eleven Catholic bishops in the state of Michigan have released a joint statement that expresses joy with the Court’s majority opinion while reaffirming the Catholic Church’s compassion and support for mothers in need.

    Ahead of Dobbs Ruling, MCC Calls for Peace and Civility

    Ongoing Violence and Destruction Toward Churches and Pro-Life People Must End

    “The Catholic community in Michigan is calling for peace and civility ahead of and following the Dobbs decision. The recent threats of violence and acts of destruction and terror must end.”

    Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) is urging state authorities and elected officials from both parties to take note of recent violence toward religious communities and pro-life organizations at a time when extremist organizations are promoting violence and riots should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade. “The Catholic community in Michigan is calling for peace and civility ahead of and following the Dobbs decision,” said MCC President and CEO Paul A. Long.

    MCC Applauds Supreme Court Decision Allowing More Education Choice

    Michigan’s Blaine Amendment Continues to Fail Parents and Students

    Three smiling girls in school uniforms with their arms around each other

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today in Carson v. Makin that the State of Maine’s refusal to provide funds for students to attend schools that provide religious instruction violates the Constitution. According to the ruling, the state must allow for students to use funds at religious schools because the state provides funds for students to attend private, non-religious schools. Michigan Catholic Conference noted in a statement today that while the opinion requires further examination for any potential impact here, it does bring us closer to the day when families in all 50 states have access to full educational choice.

    MCC Helps Launch Statewide Campaign Against “Anything Goes” Abortion Amendment

    Three representatives from Citizens to Support MI Women and Children sitting at a table during a press event at Michigan Catholic Conference

    Michigan Catholic Conference has formally announced it is helping to steer a statewide ballot question committee in opposition to a proposed “anything goes” constitutional amendment that would permit unrestricted abortion throughout pregnancy and prevent parental participation in their children’s lives related to human sexuality. “This is an historic occasion for the pro-life community and indeed all people in Michigan to oppose such an extreme amendment to the state constitution,” said Michigan Catholic Conference President and CEO Paul A. Long. “We are eager to engage with all people of goodwill to clarify how dangerous this proposal is for unborn children, vulnerable women and families.”

    On the Death of Bishop Robert J. Rose, 92

    MCC CEO Mourns Loss of the Diocese of Grand Rapids Bishop Emeritus

    A painted portrait of Bishop Robert J. Rose

    Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Grand Rapids Most Rev. Robert J. Rose went home to be with the Lord on Ash Wednesday, March 2. He was 92 years old. Bishop Rose was a dear friend to the MCC, having served the Conference both as a Board member and Chair of the MCC Finance Committee during his time in episcopal office in the Diocese of Gaylord and the Diocese of Grand Rapids. “He was a strong supporter of the work and mission of MCC and was passionate about its advocacy for human life, social justice and the common good,” said Paul A. Long, MCC President and CEO.

    MCC Urges Support for Increased Earned Income Tax Credit

    A happy family—mother, father, and two children—sitting on the floor playing a game together

    Since 2003 Michigan Catholic Conference has advocated for the state Earned Income Tax Credit, a tax policy that benefits low-income wage earners and their families through a deduction on state taxes. Providing state support in addition to the credit at the federal level, Michigan workers currently are able to claim six percent of the federal credit on their state taxes. MCC is supporting initiatives in both the legislature and from the governor’s office that would greatly enhance the tax credit on behalf of working families.

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