I was raised Catholic. I’ve never had an abortion. Yet I am pro-choice. The amazing thing is that in the past,the Catholic church has been so committed to protecting the life of an unborn fetus, they forgot to protect the life of the mother, or another child whose life was being threatened by the existence of another unhealthy child. Sometimes being pro-choice means being pro-life. Pope Francis has taken a huge step forward for the church’s acceptance of women who have had an abortion. He has declared that during the Year of Mercy may be forgiven.