Overturning Roe v Wade:

One year on


Exactly one year after the historic overturning of Roe v Wade, two experts provide an in-depth look back at the 1973 Supreme Court decision, now admitted to be based on “exceptionally weak” pretexts and “egregiously wrong from the start”, but which opened the floodgates to over 60 million abortions in the United States in less than half a century.

Founder and President of Catholic Action, Thomas McKenna discusses the significance of the 2022 outcome of Dobbs v Jackson with the distinguished attorney, Paul Jonna, who will give an overview of the legal situation of abortion in the United States before and after the original 1973 judgment.

The efforts of the pro-life movement in the decades which followed Roe v Wade will also being discussed, with the setbacks and successes which would finally culminate in the appointment of the justices who would overturn Roe v Wade in Dobbs v Jackson ruling, bringing the battle against legalised abortion to state and federal level.

Paul Jonna will also consider the next steps and challenges ahead in the battle against legalised abortion nationwide, whilst Thomas McKenna will show the role the importance of the grassroots pro-life movement and the Catholic laity throughout the world.


Thomas McKenna
Paul Jonna


Saturday 24 June 2023
18:00 (UK time)



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Thomas McKenna

Thomas McKenna is the Founder and President of Catholic Action for Faith and Family and of St Gianna Physicians Guild. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, a national association of priests and deacons. He is the author of The Fatima Century: How the Pilgrim Virgin is Changing Our Generation and St. Gianna Beretta Molla: A Modern Day Hero of Divine Love. He lectures internationally and has published articles in a variety of Catholic journals in the United States and abroad. Mr McKenna has worked closely with Cardinal Raymond Burke for over 20 years, running the cardinal's social media outreach, the publication and distribution of his books and his appearances at conferences and other events throughout the world. A member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and the Knights of Columbus, Mr McKenna lives in San Diego with his wife Bridgette.

Paul Jonna

Paul Jonna is a distinguished attorney, partner at LiMandri & Jonna LLP and special counsel for the Thomas More Society. He is known for his successful track record and client-focused approach, having been recognised as one of the “Best of the Bar” by the San Diego Business Journal and featured on Super Lawyer’s San Diego Rising Stars list. Mr Jonna began working with Charles LiMandri in 2013, becoming a named partner in 2016. He earned his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law and his B.S. from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. Mr Jonna also serves as President of the San Diego Chapter of Legatus, on the Board of Directors of Catholic Answers and the Catholic Bar Association. A San Diego native, Jonna resides in Rancho Santa Fe with his wife and seven children.