I understand how you can feel the way you do and I am sure that the Church had a lot to do with it. I don't think anyone should feel 'chained' to a religion. I don't. I use my own conscience. I think that is why God gave us one.<quoted text>
Yep, I feel the same way as your friend; an atheist/secularist (I like both terms so I mix them up). I feel I was very lucky to realize what a load of misogynist BULL Catholicism is and be able to reject all of its toxic baggage before it ruined the quality of my life. Why ANY woman would want to chain herself to such a backward religion is beyond me, but thankfully I'M not chained to it any longer, nor will I ever be.
To me, Ink, sASSy, and Knutter (aka HuskerDu or whatever name she's using this week) are all cut from the same anti-choice/religionist mold. They all defend that toxic church and try and sell us the CON JOB that the Catholic Church cares about women. Well, they're free to believe whatever nonsense they want. Thank goodness I don't have to do the same. I think it's wonderful how much freedom women have when we AREN'T mentally chained to a backward religion like Catholicism.
It is only important to me, what God thinks, not the Church.
I also feel strongly that babies in the womb should not be killed which to me is a human reaction, not a religious one. Many people who are not religious feel the same. Call it a gut feeling that killing another human is wrong. Everyone is aware that women have the right to do just that but as men, women and doctors find abortion repulsive there will be fewer performed. Nobody wants to take away your rights. In time abortion will become less popular.