Catholic Leaders Urge Continued Funding for Planned Parenthood

Catholic Leaders Urge Continued Funding for Planned Parenthood

As a matter of faith, conscience, equality, and dignity, we, the members of Women-Church Convergence (W-CC) rebuke and condemn efforts to curtail access to critical healthcare with the current move to defund Planned Parenthood. As a Catholic-rooted, feminist coalition committed to social justice, we stand in solidarity with the millions of Catholic women—in the U.S. and around the globe--who use and need the services and care provided by Planned Parenthood for their cancer screenings, access to contraception, and other critical health care.

The core of the Catholic faith prizes justice and fairness for all of creation. It is therefore not an option to ignore the rights and voices of women. Women deserve safe and accessible healthcare. Our faith teaches us that healthcare should not simply be the providence of those with means; nor should healthcare be dependent on the whims of a market. Rather, healthcare is a human right and reproductive healthcare is integral to healthcare. Cutting off federal funds from Planned Parenthood for health care reduces the ability of individual women to access needed health care. It perpetuates racial injustice and gender-based violence by disproportionately targeting women of color and restricting access to reproductive freedom. Women’s health is both domestically and globally undervalued and underfunded, and these efforts to defund Planned Parenthood—following the reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule and its disastrous consequences—would further prove that women’s lives are not valued by this administration and our elected representatives in Congress.

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Women-Church Convergence Statement on the Climate Crisis

For Immediate Release: ​April 19, 2017​

Women-Church Convergence Statement on the Climate Crisis

​Member groups of Women-Church Convergence (W-CC) issued the following statement:

As Earth Day, April 22, is marked worldwide, the following members of W-CC join thousands of other organizations and individuals in decrying the current state of the world where environmental degradation is increasing quickly.

We hold political leaders, business leaders and religious leaders accountable for protecting our environment worldwide, and condemn damaging and myopic policies that are threatening human civilization

The signs of distress, human and ecological, are all around. Drought threatens life in places as diverse as the Sudan and California. Food production is at risk. Human health weakens. Countless species of animal and plant life are threatened. Increasing carbon emissions compromise clean air necessary to sustain healthy life. Disastrous climate events such as floods, storms and hurricanes increase.

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Knights of Columbus as the new funding base of Crux

For Immediate Release: April 14, 2016

Member organizations of Women-Church Convergence, in our capacity as an educational coalition with a particular commitment to women and marginalized people, have serious concerns about the Knights of Columbus as the new funding base of Crux.

We suggest that our colleagues look at the following well researched pieces that shed light on the dubious and problematic practices of the Knights of Columbus especially with regard to LGBTIQ issues and reproductive justice, including:

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Women-Church Convergence Members Respond To Challenging Times With Spirituality and Calls for Justice

For Immediate Release: April 6, 2017

Women-Church Convergence Members Respond To Challenging Times With Spirituality and Calls for Justice

Women-Church Convergence (W-CC), a coalition of autonomous Catholic-rooted feminist organizations, gathered in Chicago last weekend for its annual meeting and expressed its extreme dismay about the present United States administration and its destructive policy positions on many urgent issues.

W-CC held a public panel in conjunction with its annual meeting entitled “Feminist Spirituality and Activism in Challenging Times,” in which five inspiring women of faith shared their perspectives on intersectional activism since the election. Speakers on the panel included Mary E. Hunt, Ph.D., a feminist theologian who is co-founder and co-director of the Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER), Sonja Spoo, Domestic Program Associate at Catholics for Choice (CFC), Laura Singer, an activist for reform in the Catholic church working with the Women's Ordination Conference and Call To Action, and Lauren Robinson and Violet Ricker, both current students at McCormick Theological Seminary.

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Catholic Women: "Our Absence Means Synod Lacks Credibility"

For Immediate Release: October 23, 2014
Contacts: Erin Saiz Hanna, 
Marianne Duddy-Burke, 
 
Gathered in Chicago for its annual meeting, October 17-19, 2014, the members of Women-Church Convergence, a coalition of feminist Catholic groups, issued the following statement as the Extraordinary Synod on the Family was drawing to a close in Rome. 
 
Women-Church Convergence celebrates the diversity of families and affirms the holiness of all families where love and commitment reign.

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