Abortion and Public Policy: Review of U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Teaching and the Future

The U.S. Roman Catholic bishops have been earnest participants in the contemporary public policy debate on abortion. This article reviews the bishops’ main policy documents in which the Church’s teaching on abortion is applied, first, within the context of the debate on abortion policy that was underway in the states before Roe v. Wade, and, second, within the grave and challenging situation thereafter when a right to abortion was made the law of the land.