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Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Roe v. Wade

Posted on 6/30/2022 11:00:06 AM

On Friday, June 24, the United States Supreme Court decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case essentially overturned Roe v. Wade and empowered state governments to set their own laws about abortion. Cabrini University reaffirms our commitment to the sanctity of all life. As a Catholic University, founded by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, it is important to note that through our Catholic identity as an institution of higher learning, we respect and encourage academic freedom of inquiry and thought and support ongoing dialog among our faculty, staff, and students, while acknowledging and embracing our differences.

Cabrini’s Education of the Heart welcomes our community of all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds. And because of those differences, there will be a wide array of viewpoints on this issue. We pledge to honor those viewpoints with respect and compassion, allowing our students, as well as our faculty and staff, to be guided by their own conscience and sense of right and wrong, a key tenet of Catholic moral teaching.

Through Cabrini’s Office of Mission, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), and Student Engagement (MDaS), located in Grace Hall, the University plans to strengthen our civic education, overall health education, programming, and resources to enhance our capacity to learn and discuss these issues in a safe, fearless, and truthful way.

To that end, we are in the process of designing a faculty and staff planning day at which we will prepare them to have courageous conversations with students upon their return in the fall.

The following MDaS on-campus services and opportunities are available to Cabrini students. Please contact Rosemary Gehrlein, Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Mission, DEI, and Student Engagement and the Dean of University Admission, Financial Assistance, and Marketing, at rb724@cabrini.edu, or 610.902.8416, so she may direct students to the appropriate resource, based on their needs.

Cabrini Assessment, Response, and Evaluation (CARE) Team

Serves as a resource for students, faculty, or staff who are concerned about a student exhibiting concerning behavior

Campus Ministry

Creates a space for respectful dialogue where persons of all faith traditions—and those still searching—are invited to share their journeys

Center for Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL)

Offers student events and leadership opportunities. Also oversees the Campus Activities and Programming (CAP) Board and the Student Government Association (SGA)

Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS)

Offers individual and group counseling, as well as resources to students

Health Services

Provides routine and emergency care, and resources for students

Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB)

Develops and empowers socially responsible leaders who promote positive change, DEI, and mission across the campus and in community engagement efforts

Residence Life

Promotes a secure and welcoming living/learning community that provides an enjoyable experience, valuing individuals as engaged and socially responsible members of their community

Wolfington Center

Promotes Cabrini’s Justice Matters core curriculum and supports students, faculty, staff, and administrators in their engagement with social justice