Bishop Walkowiak’s statement on the passage of Proposal 3

Michigan voters passed Proposal 3 (formerly known as “Reproductive Freedom for All”), an extreme pro-abortion amendment, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. This constitutional amendment now allows for “a new individual right to reproductive freedom, including right to make all decisions about pregnancy and abortion; allow state to regulate abortion in some cases; and forbid prosecution of individuals exercising this established right.”

The Diocese of Grand Rapids’ Office of Communications issues the following statement from Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak, bishop of Grand Rapids, following the approval of Proposal 3 by voters in Michigan:

The passage of Proposal 3 in no way diminishes our commitment to pray for and support human life at all stages of existence. It is disheartening to see that society continues to promote abortion as the only option for women experiencing unintended or unplanned pregnancies. I call on our elected representatives to enact legislation that prioritizes the well-being and stability of families in our society. The United States Bishops have made recommendations at the federal level to make this type of society possible.

The Catholic Church remains committed to helping women and couples who are facing unexpected or difficult pregnancies because we firmly believe God has a plan and purpose for every human life. We will continue to accompany and care for women in need of emotional, spiritual, or material support and their child(ren), born and unborn.

For every woman who has had an abortion, know that God loves you. Help and healing are available to you through our Project Rachel ministry.

We are grateful to all those around our state who worked tirelessly in opposition to Proposal 3 praying fervently, sharing resources and having important conversations with friends, family and neighbors to help change hearts and minds.

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