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Catholic mothers, scholars urge US bishops to listen to women on abortion

Faith in Public Life hosted a virtual conversation with signers of an open letter calling on all Catholics and people of faith to have better public conversations about abortion and reproductive justice that reject tired labels and grapple with complexity. The panel was covered in a story from National Catholic Reporter.

The stringent anti-abortion activism of many U.S. Catholic leaders, including the bishops’ conference, has ignored the complex lived experience of women, the realities of racial and economic inequities, and the importance of personal discernment in moral decision-making.

This assessment — coupled with a call for “brave spaces” where women can share their stories about pregnancy and parenthood — was articulated by Catholic mothers, scholars and advocates during an unusually frank panel discussion April 18. 

Read more from the National Catholic Reporter here

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