The following is Duquesne University's statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision today on the abortion issue, which has long divided our nation and with which well-meaning people will disagree, is certain to stir intense emotions and conflicting views. We must respect one another in moving forward from this decision, as we have on other issues which potentially divide us.
Duquesne University respects that the United States operates under the rule of law, and that the judicial branch is an essential part of the design and structure of our democratic form of government. Moreover, we recognize that moral dimensions of issues can be more complex than the legal system can comprehensively address to the satisfaction of all citizens.
As a Catholic university founded and animated by the Spiritan tradition, Duquesne's mission is centered on robust academic discourse and a commitment to all members of our campus community. We recognize that the Supreme Court's decision today may have a significant range of impacts on our students, faculty and staff. The University will address their needs with compassion and action rooted in our commitment to service and care. All students, faculty and staff at Duquesne should understand that they are safe and protected, regardless of their views on this matter. Simultaneously, we will respect the Supreme Court's ruling and the independent judicial system that has rendered this decision.