Ten Catholic sisters in Ohio recently wrote an op-ed in the Cincinnati Enquirer on the need to move past the culture wars over abortion and build a society where families can thrive.
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Sign On Statement:
We are inspired by our diverse faith traditions from across the state of Ohio to honor the sacredness of us all. 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 people 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 Ohio lawmakers truly care about being pro-life, they should consider how these punitive laws hurt women and fail to address the complexity involved in how we use discernment to make reproductive decisions. We encourage legislators across Ohio 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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