‘Thank goodness the Supreme Court saw this appeal for what it was: a nasty attempt to intimidate the bishops…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a group of Texas Catholic bishops’ religious rights on Tuesday by rejecting the attempt of abortion groups to pry into the bishops’ private email discussions about religion and abortion.
The long-running court battle began in 2016 when the state of Texas passed a law requiring hospitals and abortion facilities to dispose of aborted fetal remains by burial or cremation, rather than in a landfill or sewer.
Whole Woman’s Health, an abortion facility chain notorious for health and safety violations, sued the state, claiming it infringed on women’s rights.
The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops wrote a letter to the court in support of the state law, offering its burial grounds if abortion facilities could not secure their own.
In response, the abortion group demanded the bishops hand over their private correspondence on the topic of abortion.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the abortion chain last year, and on Tuesday, the Supreme Court rejected the group’s appeal, allowing the appeals court’s ruling to stand.
“Thank goodness the Supreme Court saw this appeal for what it was: a nasty attempt to intimidate the bishops and force them to withdraw their offer to bury every child aborted in Texas,” said Eric Rassbach, vice president and senior counsel at Becket, the conservative firm that represented the Texas bishops. “Abortion groups may think the bishops ‘troublesome,’ but it is wrong to weaponize the law to stop the bishops from standing up for their beliefs.”
Archbishop Daniel Cardinal DiNardo said Whole Woman’s Health’s attempt to intrude into the bishops’ private religious correspondence threatened the Catholic Church’s ministry.
“We cannot act on our faith and religious convictions as effectively if we have to give up our ability to deliberate in private as the price of admission to the public square,” DiNardo said.