To the Editor:
Re “The War of Words on Abortion” (Op-Ed, Jan. 10):
Charles C. Camosy is wrong in throwing up a smokescreen to pretend that the abortion debate is a struggle over language.
Pro-choice victories in Ireland, Chile and likely soon in Argentina clearly demonstrate that increasingly, on a global scale, people in Catholic-majority countries are taking a stand for the values, morals and ethics of defending a woman’s right to choose.
Those who favor women’s rights are not running away from fundamental principles like conscience; they are embracing the reality that women’s rights are human rights. They understand the challenges to women’s health and well-being when we deny their right to make free choices over their bodies.
In the United States, 6 in 10 Catholic voters say abortion can be a moral choice, and in my home country of Ireland 66 percent of voters said yes to legal abortion. In the face of an increasingly educated and sophisticated electorate, Mr. Camosy and other anti-abortion advocates are reduced to running away from ethical arguments they used in the past and relying on red-herring arguments as a fallback position.
– Jon O’Brien, President of Catholics for Choice
This letter was originally published in the New York Times.