Most of you are not Catholic, so, petitioning the Roman Catholic hierarchy may not seem terribly important to you. However, the Roman Catholic Church has influence around the world and its rigid stance against women and their right to control their reproductive lives only encourages the hostility of other groups that are currently waging that same war against women.
The Roman Catholic hierarchy has every intention of influencing an entire national election based on this one issue.
My arguments are two: that the Church 1) is being dishonest in claiming it believes the zygote is a full human being and 2) is wrong to cling to its centuries-old errors about sex and women.
The Church would much better bend its energies to outlaw war, erase poverty, eliminate starvation which is basically a political tool, and protect and defend those children who are already living. However these social problems that perpetually overwhelm the human family are the products of misguided male hubris and the Church has frequently demonstrated a huge tolerance for disastrous male behavior.
I ask you to read the petition, then sign it; and then encourage others to do so as well.