Julie Davidson-Gomez, longtime Exhale board member, wrote an article for Conscience magazine, the NewsJournal of Catholic Opinion, published by Catholics for Choice. You can find her article on page 30 of the magazine.
In her article Julie writes about how Pro-Voice helped her come to terms with her identities as a Catholic Latina and a progressive political activist:
My salvation, as it were, came in the form of a secular intervention…While I didn’t have a personal abortion story, I immediately connected with the stories of isolation, fear of judgment and leading dual lives due to their abortion experiences. I recognized the power that sharing individual, authentic stories might have in transforming the social stigma surround abortion. ..In working with these women, I was able to stop straddling what I believe to be two divergent worlds. I finally stood firmly in one world, able to acknowledge its complexity and seeming contradictions. I regained my ability to discern as a member of a vibrant and diverse faith community. In the true spirit of the word catholic, this work has provoked a deep reexamination of my faith formation, and beckoned me to cultivate a more inclusive and universal appreciation for church teachings. The fundamental shift that I seek begins with compassionate hearts and open minds. It begins with me.