What You Can Do
Letter of Support to Southern Lawmakers
Please copy and paste the following letter into your email and send to the lawmakers below.
As a Catholic, I applaud your commitment to represent all your constituents and thank you for your commitment to women’s reproductive choice and health.
I am also appalled by the recent action taken by your bishop to deny you communion based on your prochoice views. I hope that your faith will sustain you as you pursue the duties of your public office.
Happily, only a small minority of the bishops have taken such drastic action. Research conducted by Catholic For a Free Choice confirms that over 130 US bishops would not deny communion to lawmakers . It is unfortunate that you worship in a diocese whose leader is outside the mainstream.
And you are not alone. According to a recent poll , the majority of Catholics do not consider it appropriate for a bishop to use communion as a means to gain obedience. Most of us, in fact, consider it an abuse of power.
The Catholic majority also agrees with the mainstream church position that Catholic policymakers such as yourself have the freedom to follow their individual conscience—even when it disagrees with church teaching—when voting on specific legislative measures.
These freedoms are a cornerstone of our democracy.
Please take comfort in the fact that the majority of Catholics consider themselves prochoice and that the majority of bishops have been reluctant to stand between you, your faith and the execution of your Constitutional legislative duties.
1. US Diocesan research, Summer 2004 (www.catholicsforchoice.org)
2. The Catholic Voter in Summer 2004, Belden Russonello & Stewart, http://www.catholicvote.net/issues/additional_resources/2004salient_issues.htm
Please send your letters to the following lawmakers
Sen. W. Greg Ryberg
Rep. James Merrill
Rep. Pedro Marin
Rep. Pat Dooley
Sen. Mary Squires
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