Speaking Out as Prochoice Catholics

Why do YOU feel it is important to speak out as a prochoice Catholic?

Send us your thoughts by email.

“It is quite frustrating when people make assumptions about you based on what you tell them your religion is. I mean, does everyone assume that if you are Mormon that you are a polygamist? Maybe not exactly the same analogy, but to construe that one is antichoice just because they are Catholic is a common mistake many individuals make.

“That is why I think it is important for those of us Catholics who support a woman’s right to choose to continue to make our voices heard through such organizations as Catholics for A Free Choice. We are devoted to our faith, and believe our stance on choice is a direct representation of our religious upbringing in that our compassion lies in women who have to make such a grave decision. We do not want these women who, realistically speaking, are countless in numbers, to feel alone or ashamed of what they decide in the event of an unwanted pregnancy.

“Having a safe haven such as this fantastic organization is vital to the wellbeing of women, emotionally, mentally, physically, and most important — spiritually. God reveals his message in other people, and CFFC is His voice for these women.”

Nancy K. Olivas

“The importance of prochoice Catholics in the abortion debate is significant because in order to set moral guidelines for a large body of people, there must be many voices that are heard and considered.  As a Catholic, I am concerned about promoting the dignity of life, and especially the uplifting the voice of those that are most oppressed.

“What I have experienced from learning of a lot of stories of women who have had abortions is that there is no universal reason on why they have done it.  There are as many stories as there are people who have made this choice.  This makes it very difficult to legislate who can and who cannot have an abortion.

“As a Catholic, I try to maintain an orientation of a preferential option for the poor.  I think that there are a lot of myths on why it is assumed that women make the choice, and it is usually men that are voicing these ideas.  It seems like if there really is a desire for Catholics to reduce the number of abortions taking place, the energy should be focused on improving the livelihood and opportunities for women in society and for lending support to mothers who do choose to go through with a pregnancy, as opposed to focusing energy on condemning women who have had to make a choice that many of us don’t have the most well-rounded perspective to judge as humans.”

-Anonymous by request

“I live in San Antonio, TX, a majority-Catholic city.  Being a visibly prochoice Catholic is very important here; most Catholics feel as I do that it is the woman’s decision but feel constrained by the propaganda coming from the church.  Seeing another Catholic stand up publicly, declare herself prochoice and speak to the media gives them ‘permission’ to speak up in their own homes, to their families, friends and neighbors about following their conscience and not someone else’s.  Being part of a prochoice student group at the university where I work helps empower the young women I meet; it really does make it easier to step up when someone else has taken the first step publicly.

“At the recent state convention of the Texas Democratic Party, on hearing that Democrats for Life were handing out literature for the supposedly prochoice U.S. Senate candidate, I questioned the campaign manager & a female staffer of the candidate so clearly (I don’t back down) that the candidate literally chased me down in a hallway to try to tell me she is prochoice.  I told her she had the perfect opportunity the next day in her speech to the convention:  Simply say I am Barbara Radnofsky & I am prochoice.  She didn’t do that, proving herself yet another who will say I am prochoice for money & votes, then reveal her true beliefs when in office.  The prochoice community was watching and, unfortunately, got confirmation that she is NOT one of us because I chose to say “I am a prochoice Catholic, where do you stand?” to a candidate who I did not trust.”

– Corinne Sabo

Catholics for Choice