Beverly Wildung Harrison, who wrote the book in English in 1983,
attended the event, along with Frances Kissling, the founder of
“Catholics for a Free Choice.” Chery White, professor at the Methodist
seminary of Mexico, Maria Van Doren, a missionary nun of the Sisters of
the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and Maria Consuelo Mejia, director of
CFFC in Mexico, were likewise all in attendance.
event, Mejia said the book was a fundamental component of the feminist
strategy to legalize abortion, which she called “a social good.”
“Power today is in the hands of women, and therefore the outlook for
Latin America is hopeful” for the legalization of abortion, she said.
called Christian tradition "insufficient, because throughout the
centuries it has denied women the right to choose regarding
“The right to
choose regarding procreation is indispensable for there to be a truly
moral society. This right of women to choose, including access to
abortion, is an indispensable good for the building of a more
equitable, free and just society, to be able to exercise reproductive
power as a social good utilized in their benefit and not as a
biological accident,” Mejia added.
“No society can be considered moral if it does not foster and spread the right to decide about reproduction,” she said.
remarks, Frances Kissling said it was essential “to speak of a
Christian ethic of abortion, it’s time for women to write the four
gospels; because Christian conservative tradition is become stronger
and is silencing the debate.”
Maria Van Doren,
who is a Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, called herself a
collaborator to CFFC. “It’s possible to give another theological
explication to these issues in order to remove the sense of guilt from
abortion, because it is not murder and it is not true that women who
accept it have no conscience,” she said.
“The book,” she
continued, “emphasizes that sexuality should not necessarily lead to
procreation, and that having a family is not a divine mandate.
The Bible with all its myths cannot give a theological argument.”
“Women should have the right to decide about the fetus, without any
absolute parameters,” Van Doren said.
Mexican branch of the pro-abortion group “Catholics for a Free Choice”
(CFFC) presented the Spanish version of the book, “Our Right to Choose:
Toward a New Ethic of Abortion,” in Mexico City last week, in a
ceremony attended by various leaders of the movement to legalize
abortion in Latin America.