Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The following excerpt is from Lauren’s experience. She reflects on her abortion as a Catholic woman in the context of a 2015 declaration issued by Pope Francis that Catholic priests could “absolve” individuals who have had abortions. Read her full essay that was published by Cosmopolitan.
“…And though the media may portray Francis as a gentler patriarch, his language reinforces the stigmatizing stereotype that all women who have abortions are deeply scarred, spiritually damaged, and wallowing in our existential grief. “The tragedy of abortion is experienced by some with a superficial awareness, as if not realizing the extreme harm that such an act entails,” the pontiff wrote.
I could tell Francis many things to disprove his belief: That I weighed the moral consequences. That I thought about whether or not my fetus had a soul. That I prayed to the Blessed Mother. That I still made an appointment with Planned Parenthood. That if only he asked us Catholic girls first, some of us would have told him we don’t need forgiveness…”