FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: November 9, 2022 Annalise Laumeyer, director of communications   Phone: 616-551-5629 | 616-307-3474 cell  Email: 

The Diocese of Grand Rapids’ Office of Communications issues the following statement from Most Reverend  David J. Walkowiak, bishop of Grand Rapids, following the approval of Proposal 3 by voters in Michigan: 

The passage of Proposal 3 in no way diminishes our commitment to pray for and support human life at all stages of  existence. It is disheartening to see that society continues to promote abortion as the only option for women experiencing unintended or unplanned pregnancies. I call on our elected representatives to enact legislation that  prioritizes the well-being and stability of families in our society. The United States Bishops have made  recommendations at the federal level to make this type of society possible. 

The Catholic Church remains committed to helping women and couples who are facing unexpected or difficult  pregnancies because we firmly believe God has a plan and purpose for every human life. We will continue to  accompany and care for women in need of emotional, spiritual, or material support and their child(ren), born and  unborn. 

For every woman who has had an abortion, know that God loves you. Help and healing are available to you through  our Project Rachel ministry. 

Local resources: 

Healing after abortion: Project Rachel 

Catholic Charities West Michigan: Pregnancy Support Services | Resources and support for moms and  families 

Pregnancy Support: HELP Pregnancy Aid | Pregnancy Resource Center – Grand Rapids | Alpha Grand Rapids Baby and Toddler Pantries: Catholic Charities West Michigan | The Baby Pantry of Lowell | Grandmother’s  Cupboard Baby Pantry (Lake County) 

St. Mary Parish, Spring Lake: Medical/dental-Pregnancy Support-Food and Clothing-Housing Infertility Support & Education: Franciscan Life Process Center 

The Diocese of Grand Rapids serves more than 175,114 Catholics, 80 parishes and 31 schools in an 11-county area of West  Michigan. For additional information visit our website Connect with the diocese on Facebook (Diocese of Grand  Rapids), Twitter (@GRDiocese), and Instagram (@GRDiocese). 

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