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Prayers, Holy Hours set in Diocese of Wilmington for Dobbs v. Jackson case in Supreme Court

Pro-life demonstrators argue with supporters of legal abortion outside of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington March 4, 2020. (CNS photo/Tom Brenner, Reuters)

Oral arguments will be presented Dec. 1 to the U.S. Supreme Court for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, also known as “the Mississippi abortion case.”

Since the court’s ruling may have long-lasting and historic consequences, parishes and groups in the Diocese of Wilmington will be praying that the justices rule in favor of pro-life in this case.

Prayer opportunities will be available at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Hockessin, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m.-noon with Eucharistic adoration. Benediction will be at noon.

Also Dec. 1 at Church of the Holy Child, Wilmington, a Holy Hour will begin after the 9 a.m. daily Mass, which may be livestreamed at chcparish.org.

The Cathedral of St. Peter will have Adoration to End Abortion from 11 a.m. to noon on Dec. 1, and St. Patrick’s will have Adoration from 4:30 to 5:30 that day as well.

Check your local parish website for any additional observances.

The case is an appeal from Mississippi to keep its ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, which was struck down by a federal district court in Mississippi in 2018 and upheld a year later by the New Orleans-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

In announcing they would take this case, the Supreme Court justices said they would only review one of the three questions presented to them: “Whether all previability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional.”

The viability aspect, when a fetus is said to be able to survive on its own, is key here because the Supreme Court has consistently ruled that states cannot restrict abortion before the 24-week mark. The ban on abortions after 15 weeks is more restrictive than current law.