Pro-Choice Catholicism 101
You may have heard the claim that “you can’t be Catholic and pro-choice.” But the reality is that the majority of Catholics in the United States believe, in good conscience, that abortion should be legal. Catholics like us are pro-choice because of our faith, not in spite of it. We must speak up to reclaim the moral high ground from the anti-choice religious right. This section of the toolkit will give you some history of church teaching and theological thinking about abortion to help you respond to the false claim that you can’t be Catholic and support the right to an abortion.
For Catholics, casual disagreement is not sufficient grounds for ignoring moral teachings. Catholics are obliged to understand and thoughtfully consider Catholic teaching. Church teachings on moral decision-making and abortion are complex. In Catholic theology there is room to question and disagree with church teachings and support positions and policies that favor access to the full range of reproductive health options, including contraception and abortion. That’s why we are fully Catholic and fully support abortion justice.
Did you know?
In the United States, 56% of Catholics think abortion should be legal in all or most cases (Pew 2019), 68% of Catholics support Roe v. Wade (Pew 2019), and just 14% of Catholics agree with the hierarchy that abortion should be illegal in all cases (Pew 2019).click to read more facts