Catholic Charities USA responds to Supreme Court opinions: “Our country has a lot of work to do”

Alexandria, Va. (June 26, 2018) – Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) issued the following statement in response to today’s Supreme Court opinions in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra and Trump v. Hawaii:

Today’s Supreme Court opinions are a reminder that our political and legal divisions too often lead to a discordant response to protecting human dignity. While we welcome the decision to allow pregnancy counseling organizations to provide life-affirming support, we are deeply disappointed that upholding the travel ban will close the door of hope to many around the world fleeing violence, persecution and death.

These opinions demonstrate that our country has much work ahead to create a community and society that consistently and fully respects the inherent dignity of all people. Our faith teaches us we are born in the image and likeness of God. Therefore, whether refugee, unborn child or simply a person in need of help, we must open our arms to all who are looking for safety and security.

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CCUSA's Advocacy and Social Policy team advocates for policies that uphold human dignity and promote integral human development. Informed by the experience of local Catholic Charities agencies, the team urges policy makers to encounter the needy and vulnerable in their communities and to create policies which assist and support them.

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A member of Caritas Internationalis, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is the national office for Catholic Charities agencies nationwide. Catholic Charities USA’s members provide help and create hope to more than 15 million people a year regardless of religious, social or economic backgrounds. To learn more about CCUSA, please visit our website at