California Bishops Respond to California’s ‘Reproductive Health’ Website

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In response to the State of California’s release of its new “reproductive health” website, abortion.ca.gov, Catholic Conference of California Executive Director Kathleen Domingo issued the following statement :

“Yesterday, in a dismissive statement, the State of California released its new taxpayer-funded abortion website, which amounts to coercion for Californian women. Touted as providing access to “reproductive care the new website only provides information about abortion, neglecting the millions of California women who need access to supportive care for cancer screening, fertility issues, prenatal care, childbirth and a myriad of other health issues.

“When California families are struggling to afford gas, pay rent and put food on the table, promoting abortion violence does not solve any of the pressing problems that countless families face. As Pope Francis said, “It’s not ‘progressive’ to try to solve problems by eliminating a human life.”

“Earlier this year, the Catholic Bishops of California reaffirmed the support of the entire Catholic community for economically vulnerable and marginalized women, children and families. The Catholic Conference of California helped pass legislation to extend paid family leave to low-income workers, ensure permanent housing with support services for homeless families, improve family-finding for youth in foster care and to provide more community placements for incarcerated mothers so they can bond with their children.

“We engaged our community and shared comprehensive resources through our We were born ready campaign to ensure women, children and families in California can access support and services to help them thrive. We also raised awareness of the amazing pregnancy care centers and clinics across the state that cater to medical needs, pregnancy resources, housing referrals, parenting classes, and the true variety of comprehensive services including women and families need.

“The Catholic community has supported women, children and families for centuries through our charities, hospitals, schools, churches and the commitment of the faithful. We invite the State of California to join us in providing true comprehensive support services so that no mother or father is misled or coerced into ending a child’s life, and to ensure that no mother or father goes through their parenting journey alone.

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