Linda Pinto

Mother and grandmother, former nun, Catholic

Shohola, PA

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Being Catholic has always been an essential and vital part of my life. I fell so much in love with God that I became a Franciscan nun. When it was revealed to me that God wanted me to embrace a different form of religious life, I fell in love and married a man who just happened to be a priest. People sometimes associate those in the clergy or sisterhood with a lack of understanding of how one celebrates Catholic marriage and family. Certainly the hierarchy doesn’t help, as a closed system of clerical celibate men.

“It is because of my Catholic faith, not in spite of it, that I support women who make conscience-based decisions to have an abortion.”

My husband and I learned quickly that life and marriage have many challenges. We feel compassion when we think of others who face incredible trials and adversity as they follow their path in life. It is because of my faith, not in spite of it, that I support women who make conscience-based decisions to have an abortion. Fundamental to our Catholic tradition is that we listen to and follow our conscience in our moral decision making.

At the very root of our social justice teaching is our belief that we support those who are underprivileged in any way. I believe that the common good will only be served when abortion is treated as an equal part of the US healthcare system. No woman should be discriminated against because of where she lives or how much she earns. I believe in public funding of abortion. I joined this campaign to tell our state and federal legislators that it’s time to do the right thing: Public funding for abortion is a Catholic social justice value.

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By taking the pledge, I invite Catholics for Choice to email me with additional ways to get involved.