Twenty-eight percent of American women who obtain abortions identify as Catholic.
Founded in April 2013, For The Catholic Girls is a way for women* to talk openly about abortion and how it affects, affirms, and strengthens their faith. This community encourages dialogue, discussion, and storytelling as a way to dismantle stigma about both reproductive rights and religion. Although Catholic is in the name, For The Catholic Girls supports members from every faith and background.
"I was raised Catholic, my father is, but my mother is not. I am the only surviving child. My mother had five miscarriages before me and one after me. The pregnancies were extremely detrimental to her health, and after the sixth miscarriage, she begged the hospital (Catholic) to give her a hysterectomy, her doctor approved it, but the hospital would not. My aunt had to have a technical [abortion] to save her life, and still gets angry words from people. This is why I fight for the right to our bodies." --anonymous
You’re very brave for sharing your story—it’s one that needs to be shared more often. I know some “Catholics” would say that you should have not helped your friend, but I think you did the right thing.