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Downplaying Abortion? Some Church Leaders Deemphasize Issue After Dobbs

Andrew MedichiniArchbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council of Life, speaks to reporters during a press conference, at the Vatican in 2015. Archbishop Paglia used the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health decision as a pretext to talk about the need to end the death penalty and make access to guns ‘as complicated and rare as possible.’

In the wake of the June 24 ruling, a number of Catholic figures and institutions have spoken about abortion as merely one issue among many; critics are calling this a misapplication of the Church’s consistent ethic of life.