Talking to Your Children About the Post-Roe Era

No doubt, by now you have heard that last Friday the Supreme Court released Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, striking down Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey and returning the issue of abortion to be decided by the states. Justice Alito wrote, “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.” The 5-4 decision to overturn Roe initiated trigger laws that ban all abortion in 13 states, with many more states looking to increase their abortion regulations soon, moving towards more restrictions and bans.

With all the chaos surrounding this controversial victory for life, it is understandable that children may be needing guidance and support in processing all the information thrown at them from peers, the media and the world at-large.

  1. Don't shy away from the issue, but consider it at an age-appropriate level. The way that a 16-year-old, who may be engrossed in social media, processes the news is going to be very different from a way that a 7-year-old will. Parents can honor different stages of development with the truth.
  2. Take action together. By offering concrete steps that your family can take, you are showing your children, in word and deed, a preview of what the post-Roe era looks like. Care for women and men in unexpected pregnancies by volunteering at your local pregnancy resource center. Donate essentials for women, men and children in need. Show your children that being pro-life means acting in love and service of others.
  3. Use your voices. It is never too young to teach your children to stand up for what is good, true and beautiful.
  4. Pray. Your family can pray for our communities and our nation to be bent towards protecting unborn life and encouraging those considering abortion to pursue a positive alternative.

To read the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization opinion, click here.