We at Care Net Pregnancy Services of Northern Kentucky rejoice that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade. Their decision allows individual state legislatures to enact laws that reflect the values of the citizens who directly elect them. Because the Kentucky legislature enacted a “trigger law,” abortion was immediately made illegal in the Commonwealth in virtually all cases. (Update: At the request of Planned Parenthood and EMW Women’s Surgical Center, Judge Mitch Perry of Jefferson Circuit Court subsequently issued a temporary order blocking the law. We pray Judge Perry will soon vacate this order and uphold the will of the citizens of Kentucky.)
But as Care Net International states, “Changed laws don’t equal changed hearts.” Some predict that abortions will decrease by only 13% in a post-Roe America if we address only the legality of abortion. The pro-life community definitely has won a political battle, but the war is for the culture. Abortion is now illegal in some states, but victory lies in making abortion unthinkable. We need more education and moral arguments, not just political ones.
Because abortion is more difficult to access, Care Net’s work will be more critical than ever. Women who call us are expressing more anger, often driven by fear; we continue to give them honest information, hope, and loving, non-judgmental support as they and their partners face unexpected pregnancy. We remain committed both to the sanctity of life and the value of the women and men who come to us for help.
In the post-Roe war for the culture, the church can be a unique, invaluable partner. As we continue to fulfill our own commitment to change, save and heal lives, the church can welcome the women and couples we serve, surrounding them with love, emotional support and spiritual guidance. We invite churches to contact us with resources and programs they can offer our clients.
We are humbled by the generosity and prayers of those who support this ministry. Words cannot express what your faithfulness means to our clients, our staff and our volunteers. We ask you to continue in prayer as we continue in ministry to the unborn and their parents. Pray that we have God’s wisdom on how to navigate in a world that is shifting legally and culturally every day.
Note: this statement was revised July 13, 2022