Magnanimity, resolve and compassion.

Those were the qualities put forward for western Oregon’s pro-life supporters during an Archdiocese of Portland webinar held June 28.

The online session took place four days after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision that nullified a national right to abortion, sending regulation back to the states.

“It is important for us to maintain humility and magnanimity of heart in dealing with those who are profoundly disappointed with the outcome,” Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith told attendees.

At the same time, he said there is no need to apologize: “Our Catholic social teaching is rooted fundamentally in the dignity of life. It goes back to men and women being created in the image of God.”

Since Oregon will retain some of the nation’s most permissive laws on abortion, pro-life activists must redouble their ministry, said Sarah Livingstone, who coordinates pro-life activities in the archdiocese. Oregon is one of a handful of states where abortion is legal up to birth. Women from other states likely will travel to the Portland area for abortions.

“We have our hands full in Oregon with pro-life work,” Livingstone said, calling Oregon’s pro-lifers the most vibrant she has ever seen.

Livingstone cited the many ministries that help pregnant women or those who have had abortions. Other agencies provide an adoption option.

In his statement after the Supreme Court ruling, Archbishop Alexander Sample said the goal is not only to make abortion illegal but to make it unthinkable.

Carmen Gaston, an attorney and communications chief of the archdiocese, urged listeners to speak from the heart about their beliefs to family friends and neighbors at the dinner table.

“Use this time of angst to open up the discussion,” Gaston said.

Dr. Grace Jazrawi of Holy Family Clinic in West Linn said science like ultrasound, heartbeat detection and genetics have pointed to what pro-lifers already know — the unborn child is a human life.

Bishop Smith urged parish pro-life groups to organize and push forward with their work.

Coming online soon is the Gabriel Project, a round-the-clock hotline for women who are pregnant. Also in the works is a Portland metro area home for pregnant women. Livingstone promoted “Walking with Moms in Need,” a U.S. bishops program in which parishioners learn about local pregnancy resources so they can be of aid to women.

“Let’s create a culture of life in Oregon,” Livingstone said.

Attendees were able to ask questions and two categories were popular: the need for Spanish language pro-life resources and the wish to hear more pro-life encouragement from priests.

One priest recently addressed the issue directly during a homily June 25, the day after the Supreme Court decision.

“If a law points to something bad, it’s a bad law,” Father Matt Libra said in a homily that has made the rounds in pro-life social media. “It’s not about forcing our will on others. Law is supposed to point toward something good.”

Father Libra compared laws allowing abortion to a hypothetical statute saying it’s illegal to abide by gravity. Eternal and natural laws like the dignity of human life can’t be overruled, the priest said.

Father Libra acknowledged that those accustomed to almost 50 years of abortion rights will be in pain.

As a way to go forward, he read a recent statement from the U.S. Jesuits who called abortion a “massive injustice” while calling on the church to support women and young children by supporting policy such as universal health care and paid family leave.