Bishop Michael Pfeifer, of the Diocese of San Angelo, released the following statement Thursday in conjunction with the Supreme Court’s decision Wednesday to uphold the ban on partial birth abortions:
“I was very pleased to learn of the Supreme Court’s decision of upholding a federal law prohibiting the brutal and inhumane partial-birth abortion procedure. This is a great day for the precious unborn, thousands of whom – as records show for the past several years – were destroyed almost in the very act of being born.
“I thank God for this life-giving decision and congratulate the justices who had the moral and legal courage and the common-sense wisdom to uphold the ban on partial-birth abortion, which is a brutal and barbaric act.
“The court’s ruling is a defining moment in the abortion debate and hopefully will awaken the conscience of all Americans to see abortion for what it truly is – the destruction of an innocent human being who, from the first moment of conception, has the complete genetic code of a human person.
“This decision is a great step in bringing our legal position on abortion to be in accord with clear Scriptural messages about the sacredness of all human life from conception until natural death.
“The Supreme Court’s decision will help foster a new appreciation for a culture of life in our country.”