Source: Catholics for Choice

13/06/2011

On Saturday, June 4, members of El Salvador’s Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir (CDD – Catholics for the Right to Decide) came to Washington, DC, to receive the Rosemary Radford Ruether award for prochoice Catholicism.

In 2010, Catholics for Choice established the Rosemary Radford Ruether Award in honor of longtime board member and feminist theologian, Rosemary Radford Ruether. The award is presented from time to time to an organization or individual who makes a distinguished contribution to advancing prochoice Catholicism.

Since 1998, abortion has been illegal in El Salvador in all circumstances. Women who seek illegal abortions risk lengthy terms of imprisonment or death—the maternal mortality rate in El Salvador is twice the rate of Latin America as a whole. The church hierarchy has shaped legislation on reproductive rights, endangering the lives and health of Salvadorean women.

Jon O’Brien, President of Catholics for Choice, said, “The Board of Directors recognizes that, faced with the huge struggles for women’s equality and rights in their country, the leaders of CDD-El Salvador have shown great courage and fortitude. Their words and actions have tirelessly revealed the truth about Catholic teachings regarding abortion. Because of the alternatives they have worked so hard to present, more people will be able to understand our tradition and decide according to their conscience about matters of conscience like abortion.”

The award was presented by CFC Board Chair Susan Wysocki and Rosemary Radford Ruether to Rosa Gutiérrez Linares, General Coordinator and Founder of CDD-El Salvador, and Deysi Cheyne Romero, vice president.

Read a commemorative edition of Conscience featuring Rosemary Radford Ruether’s numerous contributions to the magazine.