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Everyone deserves equal access to the full range of reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion.
“Giving a woman a legal right to have control and agency over her body translates to other aspects of her life, namely her freedom to claim political, economic and social autonomy. The bishops reject the notion that women are equal to men. So how could they possibly support any right that would lead women into that kind of power and liberty?”
Jamie L. Manson

Abortion remains illegal or unavailable for millions of women around the world. In the U.S., the constitutional right to abortion faces constant challenges, despite the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade. The Catholic hierarchy’s political sway plays a huge role in influencing public policy and limiting the availability of reproductive health care services worldwide.

Catholics for Choice fights for the rights of all individuals to have access to the full scope of reproductive health care, including abortion. When abortion access is limited those who suffer the most are the poor, the vulnerable and people of color. We are part of the majority of the faithful in the Catholic church who see abortion access as a social justice value—and a matter to be decided by one’s individual conscience.

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Questions about Abortion

We've compiled these talking points to help inform Catholic conversations about abortion.

Do Catholic women have abortions?
What do Catholics believe about abortion?
Isn't the church's teaching on abortion unchanged and unchangeable?
Will I be excommunicated if I have an abortion?
Do I have to confess to having an abortion?
Why do women have abortions?