Catholic media are spreading the news that the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops (TCCB) is celebrating the Texas Heartbeat Act. The conference released its statement Friday after the Supreme Court refused to immediately block the historic law. But Church Militant's Trey Blanton reveals the bishops' support is lukewarm at best.
The bishops in the Lone Star State are claiming victory after the "heartbeat law" went into effect. Their statement was released a day after Church Militant emailed the conference asking why the TCCB did not publicly testify in support of the law, or why it had not yet released a statement praising Wednesday's Supreme Court decision.
During the legislative session, TCCB testified in favor of a bill that would outlaw abortion — only if the Supreme Court eventually overturned Roe v. Wade.
Fort Worth bishop Michael Olson opposed Texas Right to Life on another life issue, the right of patients to receive treatment until natural death. Olson testified, "The inherent dignity of human life requires that we not cling to this life with excessive, burdensome and oppressive treatments, for our ultimate destiny is eternal life with Christ in Heaven."
The bishops have supported hospital autonomy for years, despite the many stories of families who have been victimized. One mother testified in 2019, "I began to notice a decrease in my son's level of care."
The heartbeat law uses the same enforcement mechanism as the "Sanctuary City for the Unborn" campaign, which has successfully overcome lawsuits from the abortion industry.
A letter from Lubbock's bishop revealed the state's bishops still refuse to take overt action supporting any initiative promoted by Texas Right to Life, which includes the heartbeat law and sanctuary city campaign. The Lubbock letter reveals there is a so-called pro-life organization, or several groups, advising the bishops to not take pro-life actions that could be challenged in court.
Pro-gay Lexington, Kentucky bishop John Stowe tweeted criticism of the heartbeat law on the same day the TCCB released its statement.