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The following is Duquesne University’s statement regarding the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade.
Today’s decision by the Supreme Court of the United States on the issue of abortion, which has long divided our nation and with which well-meaning people will disagree, is certain to stir intense emotions and views contradictory. We need to respect each other to move forward with this decision, as we have on other issues that may divide us.
Duquesne University respects that the United States operates under the rule of law and that the judiciary is an essential part of the design and structure of our democratic form of government. Further, we recognize that the moral dimensions of issues may be more complex than the legal system can comprehensively address to the satisfaction of all citizens.
As a Catholic university founded and driven by the Spiritan tradition, Duquesne’s mission centers on a strong academic discourse and commitment to all members of our university community. We recognize that today’s Supreme Court decision may have a significant range of impacts on our students, faculty and staff. The University will respond to their needs with compassion and action rooted in our commitment to service and care. All Duquesne students, faculty, and staff should understand that they are safe and protected, regardless of their opinion about it. At the same time, we will respect the Supreme Court ruling and the independent judiciary that made that ruling.
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation’s top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and broad education. A campus of nearly 8,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and achieve their goals. The University’s academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh area have achieved national recognition.
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