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Many Catholics are pro-choice. They believe that it is wrong for the government to impose a particular religious view on all women. Moreover, many Catholics disagree with the official policies of the Church on abortion, contraception, and other reproductive issues. It is interesting to note that Catholic women are as likely as women of other religions to use birth control pills or have an abortion.

By and large we identify as pro-choice, not pro-abortion. We support every woman’s fundamental right to make her own choice about pregnancy and childbearing, including abortion. We believe we need to do more to give women a broader range of reproductive choices, including better access to contraceptives and responsible sexuality education.

 NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri only fights for a woman’s right to abortion, doesn’t it?

We wish it were settled, but the Supreme Court is only one vote away from undermining Roe v. Wade. President Trump and the anti-choice lawmakers dominating both chambers of Congress have repeatedly vowed to restrict, if not overturn, a woman’s right to choose. States across the country, Missouri included, are poised to criminalize abortion if the Court overturns Roe. Meanwhile, many doctors are terrified by anti-choice violence and won’t offer women full reproductive health care, including abortion. We are swiftly approaching an era in which, even if it remains the law of the land, there will be no doctors who will perform the procedure or there will be so many restrictions on the right that access will be nearly impossible.

 Does abortion cause breast cancer?

No, that’s not true. Anti-choice activists, who want to criminalize abortion and thus endanger women’s health, use this scare tactic. Every year they file a bill in the Missouri legislature to scare women into believing this falsehood, despite the fact that the New England Journal of Medicine, The National Breast Cancer Coalition, The American Cancer Society, and the World Health Organization have all concluded that no link has been established between abortion and breast cancer.

Emergency contraception (EC), often called “morning after” pills, are ordinary birth control pills that can prevent pregnancy after sex. EC is not the same as mifepristone (RU 486, an early option for abortion), and does not interfere with an established pregnancy.

 When do you think life begins?

There are many different moral and religious views on that question. In a country that embraces and is tolerant of a variety of religious views, it is important to avoid adopting one religious view over another. That is why every woman should have the right to examine her own religious, spiritual and ethical beliefs in deciding what is best for her and her family, rather than allowing the government to impose one view on all Americans.

 Don’t you think the right of the unborn to live supersedes the right of the woman to control her own body?

A woman’s right to control her own body is fundamental to determining the course of her own life. We cannot trivialize this fundamental freedom.

Throughout history, theologians, philosophers, and scientists have debated the question of when life begins. There is no single answer. That is why each woman must be free to make the decision about abortion based on her own moral, ethical and religious beliefs, including her beliefs about when life begins. The critical question is who should decide; at NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri, we believe it should be the woman, not the government.

 What does NARAL stand for?

NARAL used to be an acronym that stood for “National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League.” As of January 2003, however, our National organization changed its name from NARAL to NARAL Pro-Choice America. At that point in time, the national organization chose to stop spelling out the acronym.

We wish it were settled, but the Supreme Court is only one vote away from undermining Roe v. Wade. President Trump and the anti-choice lawmakers dominating both chambers of Congress have repeatedly vowed to restrict, if not overturn, a woman’s right to choose. States across the country, Missouri included, are poised to criminalize abortion if the Court overturns Roe. Meanwhile, many doctors are terrified by anti-choice violence and won’t offer women full reproductive health care, including abortion. We are swiftly approaching an era in which, even if it remains the law of the land, there will be no doctors who will perform the procedure or there will be so many restrictions on the right that access will be nearly impossible.

Pro-Choice Missouri

We fight for a future that includes access to all reproductive health care no matter your zip code or employer. Missouri must lead the charge. Are you with us?