Letters: Faith In Iowa

I am appalled by the adoption of an amendment to the Iowa constitution that is a blatant assault on the rights of all women in this state and country. As a Catholic, I stand with the 51 million of my sisters and brothers who believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases.

I was therefore pleased to read the two pieces on “Why Faith Matters” in the last issue of Conscience. According to my Catholic faith, we must always obey the certain judgment of our own conscience. In fact, Pope Francis stated that even in cases of conflict with the moral teachings of the church, Catholics not only may, but must follow the dictates of conscience rather than the teachings of the church.

It is unconscionable that the legislature of the state of Iowa feels that it is better equipped to make moral and ethical decisions for women. It is unacceptable that they succeeded in amending the state constitution of Iowa to weaken or lessen the rights of women. They are telling us that they do not believe women can make sound ethical and moral decisions.

Constitutional amend- ments are written to limit governmental power, not to extend it. Please contact your state representatives, sena- tors and the governor to remind them, we the people are the final decision makers. Please get active. Please vote.

Van Horne, IA

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