A Statement from Rev. Paul Clark, President of Lutherans for Life of Michigan, Regarding the Supreme Court Dobbs Decision3 min read

This date—June 24, 2022—goes down as one of the momentous dates in history, as the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited ruling on the Dobbs Case, and in a 6-3 decision, has overturned one of the most infamous cases of all time—Roe v. Wade.

This is a day of joy and thanksgiving to our God. He has worked in the hearts of the majority of the Supreme Court justices to move them to do what is ethical and right—to state clearly that there is NO constitutional right to an abortion. The lives of unborn children matter!

Remember—abortion kills babies. And abortion—contrary to the lies—hurts women.

So, yes, the day has come! We have prayed and worked and yearned for this day. Our lips pour forth our Alleluias and our Te Deums, as we give honor and praise and glory to the Lord of Life—our Triune God.

It is significant that the decision was handed down on this day which, on our church year calendar, is the feast day for the Nativity of John the Baptist. Yes, the very one who, in the womb of his mother Elizabeth, leapt for joy in the presence of Baby Jesus, who was in the womb of His mother, Mary. God’s timing is absolutely amazing.

So, Roe is no more. What does this mean?

This court decision does not make abortion illegal. It simply acknowledges that the “right” to an abortion was never in the Constitution and should never have been enshrined as a “right” by the Supreme Court in the first place.

It returns the issue to the fifty states, and to the democratic and legislative process, putting it back in the hands of citizens and not in the hands of nine justices.

So, for us here in Michigan, the battle continues in a new way. We are in a good position. Our state already has a law on the books that, before Roe, banned abortions in Michigan. There is a lawsuit to stop this law from going back into effect, however, and until the court rules on this lawsuit, abortion will still be legal in Michigan. But we have good, solid people fighting against this lawsuit and, God willing, our law protecting the unborn will soon be back into place.

In addition, Planned Parenthood—the nation’s largest abortion provider—has begun a petition drive to collect signatures to place the issue on the ballot. The goal of this lawsuit and this petition is the same—to make sure that abortions would continue to be allowed in Michigan for all nine months of pregnancy, with no restrictions whatsoever! Thanks be to God, we have many hard-working pro-life citizens right now who are battling this radical petition, and who are getting the word out, warning people not to sign it.

Make no mistake about itthis IS a great day—a day of rejoicing! But the battle continues in many ways, and we must not tire or slack off in vigilance until our state again becomes a place of safety for little baby girls and boys. God bless and keep you all—as you stand strong for the sanctity and dignity of all human life, born and unborn!

“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14a ESV).


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LCMS Life Ministry – Statement from LCMS Life Ministry on the ‘Dobbs v. Jackson’ ruling

Joint Letter from LCMS/WELS/ELS to U. S. Attorney General

Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty

Lutherans For Life of Michigan

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About the Author

Rev. Paul Clark has been the pastor of St. Paul, Fowler for over 30 years. He serves as President of Lutherans for Life of Michigan, as well as the Pastoral Counselor. He serves also as the District Life Coordinator for the Michigan District – LCMS. Rev. Clark and his wife Elizabeth have three children through the blessing of adoption.

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Lorraine Everett - June 26, 2022

Thank you for these clarifications. Giving thanks for the Supreme Court’s decision and for the prayers to uphold the sacred work of the faithful.

Tom Weiss - June 28, 2022

Praise God for sending your Spirit into the hearts of our 6 judges who understand the sacred creation of life.

Jennifer - June 29, 2022

Thank you, Pastor Clark! This is such good news, as we march forward renewed in our work of caring for mothers and babies, and families.