Thanks to readers Kathy and Beth for their thoughtful comments on my recent post regarding Christianity and the issue of reproductive choice. I value them both so much because they speak from lives influenced by the Catholic Church.
I want to refer any interested readers to the website for Catholics For Choice. The President of this organization came to Lincoln, NE several years ago to speak at our local Planned Parenthood’s annual dinner. It was an amazing speech and very encouraging for the Catholic women in the audience who have grown increasingly disturbed by Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz‘s leadership of the Catholic Diocese of Lincoln.
Christians who are concerned with issues of reproductive choice must be informed about the undeniable and massive amount of influence the Catholic church has worldwide on the issues of reproductive choice, particularly the availability of basic contraception for women around the world who want to control their fertility and family size. As the Catholics for Choice website says: “Catholic or not, the Catholic church’s role in influencing public policy affects YOU through limiting the availability of reproductive health services.”
The influence of the Catholic Church in international affairs is enabled by the status of the Holy See (the government of Vatican City and the Roman Catholic Church) as a “permanent observer” in the United Nations. In 2004, the Holy See gained full membership (albeit non-voting) in the United Nations. This move was unprecedented, since all other religious organizations participate in the United Nations as non-governmental organizations.