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Catholics for Choice Responds to Today’s Supreme Court Order in Moyle v. United States

June 27, 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, June 27, 2024
Contact: Ashley Wilson, Strategic Communications Advisor
Phone: (202) 294-4081

Catholics for Choice Responds to Today’s Supreme Court Order in Moyle v. United States

WASHINGTON — Catholics for Choice, which uplifts and amplifies the voices of the majority of Catholics who believe in reproductive freedom, released the following statement from President Jamie L. Manson, M.Div., in response to today’s order in Moyle v. United States:

“When a patient has a medical emergency, medical professionals must be able to focus on the patient’s health and stabilization. There should be no more important priority for doctors than providing life-saving medical care. The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) mandates that hospitals provide stabilizing care to any patient who walks in the door.

“The Supreme Court could have definitively ruled that state law cannot usurp federal law and reinforced that a doctor’s most urgent priority is their patients. Instead, they refused to take responsibility and clean up the mess they made after Dobbs. We are breathing a small sigh of relief that, for now, women and pregnant people in Idaho can receive abortions as stabilizing healthcare in medical emergencies.

“This case is not simply about state versus federal rights. One of the fundamental truths of the United States is that it was founded on the separation of church and state. Limiting abortion — or any medical care — based on a theological concept of when life begins should not ever be a factor in our federal or state laws.

“At Catholics for Choice, we want doctors and patients to be free to make healthcare decisions based on science and the convictions of their individual consciences.”


Catholics for Choice shapes and advances sexual and reproductive ethics that are based on justice, reflect a commitment to a person’s well-being and respect, and affirm the capacity of all people to make moral decisions about their lives.