In Strange Twist, Catholic Bishops Back Pro-Abortion Union At Supreme Court

Kevin Daley – February 14, 2018

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops filed an amicus brief at the Supreme Court supporting a pro-choice labor union in a dispute over mandatory union fees.

The case is wrought with peril for the bishops, as it places the Church’s historic support for organized labor in direct tension with its opposition to abortion.

The case, Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), is the latest challenge to a 1977 Supreme Court precedent called Abood v. Detroit, which allows public union bosses to collect “fair-share fees” from non-members for collective bargaining and dispute resolution.