Sister Donna Quinn, a Dominican nun, has been involved in pro-choice activism in the United States for many years. From escorting women into clinics and protesting anti-choice legislation to fighting for women’s access to all levels of the religious hierarchy, she has been a long-term champion for women’s rights.
She is now under fire from her order for her beliefs.
On Tuesday, the Wisconsin-based Sinsinawa Dominican order announced that Quinn had been reprimanded for escorting patients into a Hinsdale clinic that provides abortions.
“After investigating the allegation, congregation leaders have informed Sister Donna that her actions are in violation of her profession,” Sister Patricia Mulcahey, head of the Sinsinawa Dominicans, said in a statement. “They regret that her actions have created controversy.”
Quinn said the order’s announcement only served to stir more controversy. A private meeting to discuss her position had been set for later this month, she said.
“I am disappointed that the process agreed upon was circumvented,” she said. “As a peacekeeper, my goal is to enable women to enter a reproductive health clinic in dignity and without fear of being physically assaulted. … I am very worried that the publicity around my presence will lead to violations of every woman’s right to privacy and expose them to further violence.” […]
“We’re standing with her very much. We consider her one of our prophets,” said [Sister Beth Rindler, co-coordinator of the National Coalition of American Nuns], a Franciscan Sister of the Poor. “She’s standing with women who she believes can make good moral decisions.” […]
Quinn doesn’t pull her punches when it comes to criticising the anti-woman actions of many of her fellow Christians:
“I take this opportunity to urge those demonstrating against women who are patients at the Hinsdale Clinic, whom I have seen emotionally as well as physically threaten women, to cease those activities,” she said. “I would never have had to serve as a peacekeeper had not they created a war against women.”
[image via Chicago Breaking News]