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Global Groups Decry Pope Francis Comment on Abortion

Catholics for Choice organized a group of 50 abortion providers and advocacy organizations across more than 20 countries to send a joint letter to Pope Francis decrying the Pontiff’s comments that compared providing abortion care to contracting a killer.

“Once again Pope Francis has revealed he has a serious blind spot when it comes to the needs of women,” said Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice. “He claims a devotion to the world’s poorest people, but he failed to show compassion or understanding about the impact that unsafe abortion has on the poorest women globally. Almost 50,000 women die, and millions more suffer serious injuries, due to unsafe abortions every year. It is negligent, dangerous and cruel to ignore these daily realities.

Read the letter here.

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Humanae Vitae and a Half-Century of Harm to Women Around the World

Next week, the Vatican will open the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland—just one month after the ominous anniversary of Humanae Vitae, the Vatican policy banning birth control. While the hierarchy “celebrates” 50 years of Humanae Vitae, a ban that has caused half a century of harm to the world’s poorest communities, and as we continue to see a wave of attacks against women’s reproductive rights at home and abroad, it is important to understand the role the doctrine has in shaping policy.

This article originally appeared on the Ms. Magazine Blog.

In the News

Fifty years on, and Catholics are still in turmoil over contraception

Launching a report, Humanae Vitae and the Damage Done, Jon O’Brien of the US-based Catholics for Choice said: “Many Catholics choose to ignore the Vatican’s ban on birth control, but the world’s poorest people do not have that luxury. For half a century, the Catholic hierarchy has blocked funding and access to contraception for family planning and HIV/Aids prevention, with deadly impacts for the most vulnerable globally.”

This article was originally published in The Guardian.

Press Releases

Global poll and report shows poorest communties are hurt by Vatican ban on birth control

Washington, DC – Today Catholics for Choice launched a new report and global poll—in advance of the 50th anniversary of the Vatican’s ban on contraception on July 25—detailing half a century of hurt this policy has caused for millions of the world’s most vulnerable people.

While Humanae Vitae, the Vatican’s ban on contraception, has shaped policy on birth control and HIV/AIDS prevention globally, many people are not aware of this policy, know its influence or the damage it has caused.

Read our full statement here.

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Abortion could be illegal in large parts of US within 18 months after Supreme Court justice resignation, say activists

Cynthia Romero, communications director of Catholics For Choice, a Washington DC-based pro-choice group, told The Independent some states were making it “almost impossible to get an abortion”. She said six or seven states had just a single clinic that provided abortions, making it incredibly difficult for women without means. “There are plenty of places where women are having a really difficult time.”

This article was originally published by The Independent.

Press Releases

It’s morally bankrupt to deceive poor women – NIFLA v. Becerra ruling

Washington, DC – Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5 to 4 vote striking down California’s law requiring health centers to provide comprehensive healthcare information to their patients. Catholics for Choice’s Domestic Program Director, Glenn Northern, issued the following statement:

“We are deeply disappointed with today’s ruling. At the heart of our Catholic faith is the belief that every individual is endowed with the inherent dignity to make their own moral decisions and not be coerced into a predetermined path.”

Read our full statement here.

Press Releases

Argentina’s First Step Towards Justice for Women

Washington, DC – Last night, the Argentinian chamber of deputies voted to liberalize their abortion laws. Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, said:

“We congratulate the Argentinian chamber of deputies and the Argentinian people for taking a historic first step towards justice for women.  For too long, Argentina’s strict abortion law has unfairly punished women, especially poor women.”

Read our full statement here.

Press Releases

We will stand with all Janes until they have moral agency over their lives.

Today the U.S. Supreme Court tossed out a lower court ruling that allowed a young migrant detained by officials in Texas to seek an abortion, declaring it moot since the young woman already had an abortion. Catholics for Choice director of communications Cynthia Romero issued the following statement:

“While Jane Doe’s case may be moot, she is not alone in her ordeal—before Jane there was ‘Rosa’ who was denied housing by a Catholic-affiliated shelter because she sought an abortion after being raped on her journey to the United States. Religious archconservatives in President Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services have routinely interfered with other ‘Janes’ who seek emergency contraception or abortions.”

Read our full statement here.

Press Releases

Apoyamos a todas las inmigrantes como Jane hasta que se les garantice la autonomía moral sobre sus vidas

Hoy, la Corte Suprema de EEUU descartó la decisión de un tribunal inferior que le permitió a una joven inmigrante, detenida por oficiales en Texas, de proceder con un aborto, declarando el caso sin resolución dado a que ya la joven ha procedido con el aborto. La directora de comunicaciones de Catholics for Choice, Cynthia Romero, emitió la siguiente declaración:

“Jane Doe no está sola en su experiencia terrible: antes de Jane, fue ‘Rosa’ a la que le negaron asistencia de vivienda en un refugio Católico porque quería proceder con un aborto  después de ser violada cruzando la frontera a los Estados Unidos. Los oficiales conservadores religiosos de la administración del Presidente Trump en el  Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos han interferido constantemente para negarle servicios de anticonceptivos de emergencia o abortos a otras inmigrantes como Jane.”

Lea nuestra declaración aquí.

Conscience Magazine

Look Back in Anger: The Birth Control Ban at 50

In the midst of renewed fervor around Vatican II reforms, clergy and lay people alike were shocked when in 1968 Pope Paul VI issued the encyclical Humanae Vitae, reaffirming the Catholic hierarchy’s ban on contraception. What began as a theological debate, Humanae Vitae has gone on to shape policy decisions for over half a century on issues ranging from birth control to HIV/AIDS relief—decisions that impact everyday people at home and abroad. Its most damning legacy has been on the world’s most vulnerable. In the poorest communities where Catholic relief groups may be the only game in town, women can find themselves unable to access the birth control. And global progress on HIV/AIDs has been stunted by persistent rates of infection among young women in southern Africa—begging the question, how can we in good conscience continue to leave women and girls underserved and unprotected? This latest issue takes an in-depth look at 50 years of Humanae Vitae and the damage done.

2018 National Survey of Catholics in the United States

Belden Russonello Strategists commissioned a national survey of Catholics in the United States for Catholics for Choice in 2018. The polling data relates to the Vatican’s ban on birth control, Humanae Vitae, and it’s public perception.

View the polling data here.

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