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Hello! I recently directed someone to your page as they mentioned people could be catholic and pro-life, and I thought your page was a perfect example of that, anyways, I recently got a reply on that post by someone who is pro-life and I suppose Catholic as well, pretty much saying that there is in no way that one can be "Catholic and pro-choice". I don't know much about religion, so I thought I would ask you about what I could say, I mean clearly you can be Catholic and pro-choice, I just (1/2)
(continued) am not sure about how to go about giving a rebuttal to them, or if I should just ignore them? Anyways, thank you for running this blog, I know I myself am not Catholic, or religious for that matter, but I know people can utilize this blog and I know they appreciate it so much. It’s always nice to see representation of all people, no matter their religion or culture, so thank you for being awesome and kind and supportive to those who need it! (2/2) - Paige
Hi Paige, thanks so much for your message! So, responding to people who say things like, “you can’t be Catholic and pro-choice” is kind of tricky, considering that there’s so much that goes into both issues. I’m going to refer you to some nifty resources that Catholics for Choice recently sent me that you can give out to your followers/pro-life anons:
I hope this helps, and thanks again for your support!
The Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas donated over $440,000 to Planned Parenthood South Texas this year, alongside other generous donations to dozens of healthcare providers. PP South Texas operates eight clinics in three cities, providing general and reproductive care and referrals for all genders.
Since Planned Parenthood has been excluded from Texas’ women’s health program funding, I’m sure this donation was very much appreciated. Bless pro-choice Christians!
I know I say this a lot, but I am so so happy to know that there are other religious voices who support choice. And I’m relieved to know that secular voices welcome us with open arms.
So many people are pro-choice not in spite of, but because of their faith, and it’s so inspiring to read their words. I’m not religious, but I truly admire work they do in their communities centering on their faith.
And honestly, what are the numbers? Almost 75% of abortion patients are Christian or otherwise religious. More abortions patients identify as religious than not! Clearly, there’s a huge need for spiritual support and connection.
Recently, I talked with Catholics for Choice about reproductive rights activism. They sent me some information on the state of contraception and abortion among American Catholics. Just how many Catholics in the U.S. use birth control or support legal abortion? Check out some of these statistics:
- 83 percent of sexually active Catholic women use a form of contraception that’s not approved by the Vatican.
- Fewer than 2 percent of sexually active Catholic women use a birth control method that’s approved by the Vatican.
- 69 percent of Catholic women have used the birth control pill, while nearly 90 percent have used condoms.
- In 2009, 63 percent of Catholics believed heath insurance plans should cover birth control.
- Nearly 70 percent of Catholics believe they don’t have a moral obligation to vote against a pro-choice political candidate.
- Almost 60 percent of Catholics support legal abortion in most cases, while 50 percent believe it should always be a decision made between a woman and her doctor.
- Nearly 90 percent of Catholics think abortion should be legal when a woman’s life is endangered, while more than 70 percent believe it should be legal when a pregnancy will cause long-term health risks and complications for the woman.
(source: Catholics for Choice, The Facts Tell the Story: Catholics and Choice)
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