I was driving down the road, home from the grocery store, when I heard the news about Dr. Tiller.
I almost drove off the road.
I write with a heavy heart this week, though so fortunate to have a forum like this one for thinking about what this means for my young adult Catholic identity (p.s. happy birthday, blog!!)
Dr. Tiller once said: “Together, we will create a society and a paradigm shift so that every pregnancy is an invited guest in the woman’s body and a welcome addition to her family.”
I share this dream with Dr. Tiller.
As a teenager, I helped decorate the Youth Pro-Life Float through our parish in our town’s local 4th of July Parade. In college, I began to wonder why pro-choice should mean anti-life. Today, I am tending toward Pres. Obama’s camp—we have to learn how to have conversations across the chasm between perspectives on the debate.
As young adults, we know how to talk—we facebook each other, text big news, email our co-workers, call someone to chit-chat, video chat, blog and g-chat to keep in touch…we live in the age of communication. If our generation cannot learn how to communicate across the abortion debate, I am not sure which generation might.
As young Catholics, we have come of age in a post-Vatican II Catholicism. Our purviews and perspectives need not be confined by arguments of our foremothers and fathers. We get to define the conversations and debates for ourselves—and let’s include frank, honest conversation about abortion in that, too.
And then, maybe, we can all share in bringing about Dr. Tiller’s dream.
Kate Dugan is a 29-year-old Catholic living on a boat on Harstine Island, Washington. A while ago, Iearned my Master of Theological Studies and am constantly surprised by how being Catholic affects me in side-ways–its funny to me when I notice rituals in my daily life– Transubstantiation on my walk to work, Reconciliation in my new marriage, breaking bread over a barbecue grill.