.- The Mexican branch of the pro-abortion group âCatholics for a Free Choiceâ (CFFC) presented the Spanish version of the book, âOur Right to Choose: Toward a New Ethic of Abortion,â in Mexico City last week, in a ceremony attended by various leaders of the movement to legalize abortion in Latin America.
The author, Beverly Wildung Harrison, who wrote the book in English in 1983, attended the event, along with Frances Kissling, the founder of âCatholics for a Free Choice.â 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.
During the event, Mejia said the book was a fundamental component of the feminist strategy to legalize abortion, which she called âa social good.â âPower today is in the hands of women, and therefore the outlook for Latin America is hopefulâ for the legalization of abortion, she said.
Mejia also called Christian tradition "insufficient, because throughout the centuries it has denied women the right to choose regarding procreation.â
âThe 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,â Mejia added.
âNo society can be considered moral if it does not foster and spread the right to decide about reproduction,â she said.
During her remarks, Frances Kissling said it was essential âto speak of a Christian ethic of abortion, itâs time for women to write the four gospels; because Christian conservative tradition is become stronger and is silencing the debate.â
Maria Van Doren, who is a Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, called herself a collaborator to CFFC. âItâs 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,â she said.
âThe book,â she continued, âemphasizes 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.â âWomen should have the right to decide about the fetus, without any absolute parameters,â Van Doren said.