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Day was an obedient daughter of the Church when it came to her views on abortion and birth control, which might come as a surprise to some. Prior to her conversion, she had an abortion, which she regretted. In a television interview with Hubert Jessup, Day referred to abortion and contraception as “genocide,” and lamented population control as a weapon used against the poor. On June 28, 1974, she was one of seven signatories to the Catholic Peace Fellowship Statement on Abortion, which read in part:
The January 22, 1973 Supreme Court decision on abortion deprives all unborn human beings of any protection whatever against incursions upon their right to life and has thus created a situation we find morally intolerable, and one which we feel obliged to protest…
From the point of view of biological science the fetus is an individual human life. The social sciences may attempt to define “fully human” in a variety of ways, but their findings are inconclusive and, at best, tentative and certainly supply no basis for determining who is or who is not to enjoy the gift of life. No one has the right to choose life or death for another; to assume such power has always been recognized as the ultimate form of oppression.
Dorothy Day Statement by Frank Gratke
Disco's father Paul Gratke interviewed Dorothy Day November 1974, five months after the statement. He was completely shaken for a month after the interview. He kept saying we are more than what we thing we are. Disco drove him to the interview.
The problem with the statement it was not sign by Wilder Penfield. In the year 1974, we were first understanding wireless capabilities, the Rockefeller foundation, who is pro choice may effected why the transcript and not the tape of interview is available. Ms. Day did have a strong connection to Penfield because of her relationship with Max Stein , Penfield second in charge.