Add Your Name: Join 10 Catholic Nuns in Opposing the Criminalization of Abortion

We are inspired by the Gospels and Catholic teaching to honor the sacred image of God in all people. By caring for the sick, welcoming immigrants, protecting the environment — and also lobbying those in power to change systems that perpetuate injustice — we seek to build a culture that serves the common good and that creates safe and healthy communities where families can thrive. We see up close every day how people are forced into agonizing choices in a society where the lack of quality healthcare, sexual violence, poverty wages for workers and the high cost of childcare all impact how women make difficult decisions about their reproductive lives.

We are deeply concerned that recent legal and legislative efforts to criminalize abortion and block access to reproductive care threaten the lives and dignity of women. Abortion bans in Ohio and other states have made high-risk pregnancies even more dangerous. Black and Hispanic women, who often struggle to access quality medical care and suffer from higher maternal mortality rates, are disproportionately impacted by these punitive laws. Sadly, many politicians and religious leaders often promote these policies as “pro-life.”

If lawmakers and elected officials across the country truly care about being pro-life, they should consider how these punitive laws hurt women and fail to address the complexity involved in how people use discernment to make reproductive decisions. We encourage legislators across the country to join us in building a culture of human flourishing and pass legislation that provides the care and resources people need to thrive. This includes ensuring that everyone has access to quality pre-and-postnatal health care, establishing paid parental leave laws and affordable childcare programs, implementing child-tax credits that have proven to reduce child poverty, and requiring living wages for workers. 

 It’s time to finally move past the divisive culture wars over abortion and come together to do the hard work of supporting families.

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Join with 10 Catholic sisters from Ohio who are speaking out against criminalizing abortion and its harmful effects on women. These sisters are calling on lawmakers to pass legislation that provides the care and resources people need to thrive. 

To truly be pro-life, people in power must be considerate of how criminalizing abortion harms their constituents and find real solutions to the problems they would face if there is no, or limited, access to reproductive healthcare. Join these sisters in urging our political leadership to foster a government that gives us access to the things we need in order to thrive.

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