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USA: Reproductive rigths as human rights

Statement by Catholics for Choice

Friday 24 June 2022, by siawi3

Source: Catholics for Choice by email

USA: Reproductive rigths as human rights

Statement

by Jamie L. Manson,

President

Catholics for Choice

24 June, 22

While we knew this day was coming, that knowledge does nothing to diminish the gut-wrenching horror that we all feel today. The unconscionable Supreme Court decision to end the constitutional right to abortion is the culmination of a decades-long religious crusade – spearheaded by the U.S. Catholic bishops.

This ruling gives right-wing leaders unfettered license to codify fringe religious beliefs into civil law. It is a full-frontal assault on, and is utterly incompatible with, the bedrock American principles of religious freedom and the separation of church and state. Our work as Catholics for Choice has never been more timely or important. At this crucial time in the fight for reproductive rights and justice, your continued support means the world to us. Donate today to continue to stand with the pro-choice Catholic majority.  

The fall of Roe v. Wade will have devastating effects for all of us, and millions of pregnant people across the country. As Catholics, we are taught a theology of social justice, but abortion bans are the opposite of justice. They disproportionately harm people already oppressed by obstacles to accessing healthcare, especially Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color, those working to make ends meet, women, young people, people with disabilities and complex medical conditions, immigrants, and members of the LGBTQI+ community – the very same marginalized people whom our faith commands us to serve first.

Our faith is clear: abortion is a human right. In stealing that right, the extremists on the Supreme Court have shown themselves to be wildly out of touch with the views of most Americans and the beliefs of the majority of U.S. Catholics, who polls consistently show support legal abortion in all or most cases. Now more than ever, Congress and the White House must act where the courts have failed and protect the rights of women and pregnant people once and for all.

Today we mourn, we grieve, and we rage alongside all our fellow Americans who believe in the basic right of all people to determine their own sexual and reproductive futures. But, we fight on. And we will not stop.