The other day my mother-in-law shared an image that someone else posted on Facebook affirming Roe v. Wade. It had the caption "let's keep a woman's right to choose between her and her healthcare provider".
It had a few comments from friends and relatives, things like "too bad the unborn children don't have the same rights" or "no Christian would support this".
Well, I'm Christian and I support it. I recognize that some reading this might find me a bad Catholic, and frankly.... I don't care. (By the way, making that judgment probably makes you a bad Catholic). 27% of abortions were done to mothers that are Catholic (more than 1 in 4!) so I'm certainly not alone in my thinking.
I thought I had blogged about this before, but I searched through the archives and couldn't find it, so here I am.
I am a Catholic, and I support abortion. Kind of an inflammatory statement, but dramatic and strong and that's how I intended it... though it is a bit misleading. No one truly supports abortion. Abortion doesn't make me happy, and it doesn't make the women having them happy either. While it's certainly misused, I do believe that overall abortion is exactly how it's intended - a last resort for women who desperately need one. I have never been in that position, but I can close my eyes and imagine the despair, the fear. I support legal and safe abortions, and I believe in a woman's right to choose.
I can understand the comment about "too bad the unborn children don't have the same rights", but it's a scientifically weak one, in my opinion. 88 percent of abortions happen during the first trimester, a point in development where the fetus is a cluster of cells, and without the mother as a host-organism, not one that is supportive of life. I think it's wrong to prioritize the rights of the cluster of cells over the life of the mother.
As a woman, I can't imagine not supporting a woman's right to choose. I am the authority on my body, and what it does and what it gets to do. Me. And when I want a second opinion, I don't look to my Catholic leadership... I look my doctor.