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Katie (Wynne ’80) Short / Photo: Life Legal Defense Foundation
Katie (Wynne ’80) Short
Photo: Life Legal Defense Foundation

Excitement and anticipation are rushing like waves across the U.S. after the leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court opinion — authored by Justice Samuel A. Alito, who was the keynote speaker at Thomas Aquinas College’s 50th Anniversary Gala last fall — which would overturn the 1973 Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade. Reporting on local reactions, the Ventura County Star describes watching those waves break in Southern California, and quotes two TAC alumnae who are prominent pro-life advocates.

Michelle (Grimm ’81) Loughman / Photo: LA Catholics
Michelle (Grimm ’81) Loughman
Photo: LA Catholics

“The Supreme Court had no business wading into this area to begin with 50 years ago,” says Katie (Wynne ’80) Short, an attorney and vice president of Legal Affairs at the Life Legal Defense Foundation, which she helped found more than 30 years ago. “It was an unjustifiable decision that had no basis in the Constitution.”

The article also quotes Michelle (Grimm ’81) Loughman, executive director of the Life Centers of Ventura County, which provides free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, peer counseling, education, and material support to women in need. “It’s a great day for America,” says Mrs. Loughman, “to be moving back to a stance where we are willing to extend to the most vulnerable segment of our population the blessing of life.”