Public Policy Awareness

  • Upcoming Event:

    Roe v Wade

    Roe v Wade - Overturned?!

    What Happens Now?

    Wednesday, May 25 | 6:30 – 8:15 pm | St. Odilia Courtyard

    Nearly 50 years after Roe, the Court is reconsidering the decision. Our speakers will address:

    • What are the possible outcomes of Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health?
    • What were the arguments to the Court?
    • How would a decision to overturn Roe impact state abortion laws, particularly Minnesota’s?
    • Whatever the outcome:
      • Where do we go from here?
      • How do we address the needs of pregnant women and their children?


    Teresa Collett, J.D., is professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and director of the school's Prolife Center.  As well-known advocate for the protection of human life, she is a sought-after scholar and speaker with many published articles and books. Appointed by Pope Francis to the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, she was also a delegate the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) for the Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations. She filed an amicus brief in Dobbs on behalf of 240 Women Scholars and Professionals and Pro-life Organizations arguing that the ability of women to participate fully in American economic and social life is not dependent upon abortion.

    Angela Franey is the Executive Director of Abria Pregnancy Resources. Abria provides accurate, life-affirming medical and personal support services free of charge that empower their clients to make a choice for life. Abria is located on University Ave. in St Paul, and on West Broadway Ave in Minneapolis. Angela is a graduate of University of Minnesota-Morris with degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Education. She served as the Executive Director of Options for Women-Morris and Woodbury Options for Women before coming to Abria. She has a passion for encouraging people of all ages and stages of life to honor the Giver of Life.

    * This event is free and made possible through St. Odilia Endowment Funds.

    Significance of this Decision:

    The Dobbs decision is, arguably, the most the most consequential abortion case in generations.   Because of the upcoming Supreme Court decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, it is likely that most of us will be in a lot more conversations about abortion. 

    Discussion of the Dobbs decision -- with its vast ramifications at the realms of law and policy, not to mention its impact on individual human lives — is something for which faithful Catholics should be prepared. 

    After the oral argument on Dec. 1, experts on both sides of the abortion debate predicted that the Court would either uphold the 2018 Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy (and permit other states to do the same) or go even further and overturn Roe v. Wade outright, making it possible for states to ban abortion altogether.

    Either way, there is a good possibility that the abortion debate will soon shift, after 49 years, from the Supreme Court to statehouses. This is a monumental moment for pro-lifers.  We must consider the path forward—regarding both legal protections for the unborn and the increased need for services and resources for moms in need, especially in Minnesota.

    Our speakers are excellent!
    They will address these issues, especially as they impact Minnesota.
    Come and be informed and inspired.