Stronger when Separate: How to Make Religious Liberty Great Again

On September 16, the Coalition for Liberty & Justice held their second forum on religious liberty.

The day-long conference featured an intersectional group of speakers on women’s rights, LGBT rights, journalism, medicine, and religion. Panel topics include the media’s responsibility in reporting about religious liberty, how religious doctrine affects the provision of medical services and how recent accommodations allow religious institutions to discriminate.

Watch the recording.

Press Releases

Statement from Jon O’Brien in Response to Cardinal Dolan’s Statement about Abortion in Good Faith Campaign

14 September 2016 –It should come as no surprise that Cardinal Dolan, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, does not like the Abortion in Good Faith Campaign that Catholics for Choice launched this week. For years, the bishops’ lobby in Washington, DC—of which Dolan is a member—has worked against public funding for abortion and against reproductive healthcare options for American people regardless of their faith. Whereas, we believe as Catholics that public funding for abortion is a matter of social justice. Read more.

Press Releases

New Campaign: Catholics Support Public Funding for Abortion in Good Faith

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Today, Catholics for Choice launched Abortion in Good Faith, a multi-year campaign dedicated to amplifying the voices of Catholics across the country who want abortion to be accessible and affordable for everyone—no matter how much money they have, where they live or what they believe. The first phase of the campaign includes ads in 20 publications across the country featuring Catholics who support public funding of abortion because of their faith.

Read more about the campaign, and take the pledge at InGoodFaith.us.

Conscience Magazine

Conscience and Autonomy

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In a conference held by Catholics for Choice last winter, dozens of bright people gathered to discuss the meaning of conscience and autonomy. Do they coexist or are they in opposition? How did those concepts develop, and what role have they played in determining our beliefs about abortion and other reproductive health issues?

Featuring articles fueled from our conference, this issue of Conscience magazine goes to the very heart of why we are Catholics for Choice: a belief in both autonomy and conscience.

Press Releases

Statement from Jon O’Brien, President of Catholics for Choice, on Whole Woman’s Health Decision

27 June – Our faith’s teachings demand that we respect the conscience-based decisions people make, including the right to continue or end a pregnancy. This ruling is a step in the right direction. Still, it is essential that we not take it for granted. Read more.

Press Releases

Catholic Groups Call on US Bishops to Build ‘A Church for Our Daughters’

“A Church for Our Daughters,” a grassroots movement organized by 30 Catholic-rooted organizations, gathered outside of the US bishops’ June meeting to present “A Declaration for Our Daughters,” calling for church leaders to strike down every oppressive practice, teaching and law that assigns women and girls to a subordinate status. Read more.

In TIME, CFC’s domestic program senior associate, Glenn Northern, writes that we must demand a church that respects the rights, conscience, autonomy, skills and vision of all its members.

Patricia Miller of Religion Dispatches describes the movement and declaration as an effort to “publicly spell out the kind of church many Catholics would like to see.”

Religious Freedom under Siege: Why Zubik v. Burwell Matters

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On March 23, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Zubik v. Burwell, the latest challenge to the no-cost birth control benefit for employees under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Zubik is a consolidation of seven cases brought by nonprofit religious organizations and dioceses pushing for more exemptions after the disastrous Hobby Lobby v. Burwelldecision of June 2014. In reality, Zubik is part of the Catholic hierarchy’s long fight to preserve their authority, or at least protect their business interests. It represents a profoundly harmful interpretation of religious freedom. Read more.

Read everything you need to know about Zubik v. Burwell and the big business of Catholic nonprofits.

Catholics for Choice joined nine other Catholic organizations in filing a “friend of the court” brief with the Supreme Court of the United States.

Listen to our press conference with members of the Coalition for Liberty & Justice for an in-depth analysis of the case.

More than 30 members of the Coalition for Liberty & Justice urge the Supreme Court to protect real religious freedom and access to contraception.

Press Releases

Catholics to Pope Francis: Act Now and Respect the Consciences and Reproductive Rights of Women

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In advance of the papal visit to Mexico, Catholics for Choice delivered an urgent message to Pope Francis about the Zika epidemic in theInternational New York Times. The ad is part of a campaign that will also appear in El Salvador asking Francis to do the right thing for Latin American women. Invoking the parable of the Good Samaritan, the open letter asks Francis to show true pastoral leadership. Read more in English and Spanish.

In TIME, Jon O’Brien asks Pope Francis to lift the ban on abortion and birth control.

On his way to Mexico, Pope Francis signed a joint statement with Patriarch Kirill that misrepresents the true meaning of secularism and seeks to impose their beliefs on others. Read Jon O’Brien’s response.

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Can Faith and Freedom Co-exist?

The debate over religious freedom will continue to be a key issue in the United States and Europe. Religious lobbies are pressuring policymakers for exemptions or for permission to impose their views on the rest of society.

“Can Faith and Freedom Co-exist?” a new film produced by Catholics for Choice on behalf of the Global Interfaith and Secular Alliance, answers the pressing questions about religious freedom, secularism and extremism.

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Catholic Theology the Bishops Won’t Talk About

Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics

It’s not just regular Catholics that are being left out of the bishops’ synod. There’s more to Catholic teaching on sexuality and reproductive choices than you’ll hear from the Vatican. Watch this video to learn about some of the best kept secrets about Catholicism on these issues that are critical to Catholics today.