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The Pope has arrived. Here’s what Reproaction supporters want him to know!

Pope Francis has arrived in America. During his visit, the Pontiff will address a joint session of the United States Congress and the United Nations. Pope Francis has drawn both praise and criticism for challenging the world to step up and take action on immigration reform, climate change and poverty. But this sometimes progressive Pope has also alarmed many through his dehumanizing comments about transgender people, rejection of LGBT families and women’s ordination, and his support of regressive policies regarding reproductive healthcare and abortion rights. 

We invited people to send Pope Francis a message. What would people like Pope Francis to know, wish he would take a stand on, want him to understand or appreciate?

Here’s some of what attendees at Netroots Nation 2015 want Pope Francis to know. You can see more NN15 messages here.

I’m Catholic & pro-choice. Get the Vatican out of my uterus.

I’m Catholic & pro-choice. Get the Vatican out of my uterus.

“Women don’t need forgiveness for what they do with their own bodies.”

Reproaction supporters shared messages through our #HeyPopeFrancis online campaign. We hope you will follow #HeyPopeFrancis on Twitter as we share more messages, and join the conversation.

Pope Francis – please stand with the black lives matter movement in the US and the horrible violence happening to transgender people all over the world. Your advocacy could save lives and show that racial justice and equitable treatment are the true doctrines of The Church.
Alexandra – Bowling Green, Ohio

Erin Matson says it perfectly: “A woman who has had an abortion has done nothing wrong. She doesn’t need to apologize, and she certainly doesn’t need to apologize to a man representing an institution that denies her equality.”
Virginia – Lubbock, Texas

And Erin Matson, Reproaction co-founder and co-director, responded to the Pope’s recent announcement of a limited-time offer just for women who have abortions.

Rather than a call to confession about abortion, it would be far more redemptive for Pope Francis to call for a new dialogue within the Catholic Church about gender equality that would elevate the voices of a diverse group of women—including women who have had abortions, women who aren’t sorry about their abortions, and, oh yeah, women priests. That would represent major progress too.
Erin Matson, It’s Pope Francis Who Should Apologize on Abortion – RH RealityCheck

Reproaction would like to thank all participants in the #HeyPopeFrancis campaign for speaking their truth and sharing their hopes and concerns with Pope Francis.

Sex, Lies, and Sting Videos: Making Sense of the Calls to Ban Abortion, Defund Planned Parenthood, and Shut Down the Government

They lied, made sting videos, and edited them to smithereens. Now they want to ban abortion and defund Planned Parenthood, and maybe even shut down the government if they don’t get their way. At this Reproaction Act and Learn webinar, we broke down what’s happening, and what the right is trying to accomplish. We discussed how and why we must use this moment to embrace the positive role access to abortion plays in dignity and equality for women. Finally, we’ll touched on opportunities to take leadership in your community. Get ready to bring your A+ game.

Featuring these guest panelists:

  • Emily Crockett, RH Reality Check federal policy reporter
  • Missouri State Rep. Stacey Newman (D-St. Louis)
  • Renee Bracey Sherman, reproductive justice activist

A Storify of live tweets from the session is available here.

And if you missed our first webinar, check it out here: How Do We Move from Defense to Offense?