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Conscience: The Newsjournal of Catholic Opinion


Vol. XXXV - No. 4
Read Conscience online.


Press Release

Cruel Bill Plays Politics with Women’s Health and Lives: Why Catholics Reject 20-Week Ban

13 May 2015 - “Catholics trust women and believe they deserve respect for their personal, private healthcare decisions, including abortion,” said Jon O'Brien, president of Catholics for Choice. “The Catholic faith tradition believes that individual conscience is the final arbiter in moral decision-making—bishops and policymakers should respect this. This bill adds the unnecessary pressure of ticking clocks and expiring time limits. As Catholics, we believe it is more important that a woman make the right decision for herself and her family than she make a hasty one.” Read more.

New Publication

An International Summit on Reproductive Choice

An International Summit on Reproductive Choice

At a unique two-day summit, more than 70 advocates, service providers and academics from across the globe discussed how best to defend and advance women’s reproductive choices. The summit was organized by Catholics for Choice, along with Portugal’s Associação para o Planeamento da Família and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service. Summit speakers debated the difficult issues that have long challenged those in the domestic and international reproductive health field. Select proceedings in this publication offer groundbreaking perspectives on thorny issues like later abortion, fetal pain, sex selection and fetal anomaly. Read more.

CFC Supports RHNDA

Stop Abusing Religion to Discriminate Against DC Workers

CFC staffer Glenn Northern speaks on Capitol Hill about CFC's support of RHNDA.

On April 30, Congress voted to overturn the DC Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act (RHNDA), a bill unanimously passed by the DC City Council that would protect the conscience rights of those living and working in the District. Without RHNDA, employees in the District could be fired or face other retribution for their reproductive health decisions. A woman could be fired for having an abortion, a man could be paid less because his wife uses birth control or a woman could be demoted for having a child without being married. Read more.

Stand in solidarity with the majority of Catholics in the District who believe no woman should be fired or punished for her private reproductive healthcare decisions.

Read past statements from CFC on the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act:

Catholics to Congress: Respect the Conscience Rights of DC Residents

Catholics for Choice Remarks on Republican Disapproval Resolution to Overturn D.C. Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act

Catholics Urge Congress to Protect the Conscience Rights of DC Residents

Testimony by CFC on behalf of Women Employed at Catholic Institutions Regarding Bill 20-790, Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act of 2014

Testimony on CFC support for Bill 20-790, Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act of 2014

Press Release

Faith Organizations Urge President Obama
to End Helms Amendment

30 March 2015 - Today, Catholics for Choice joined 30 other faith-based organizations in a letter to President Obama, urging him to take immediate action and end the implementation of the harsh Helms Amendment that all but eliminates access to safe and legal abortion for many. Read more.

LEtters and op-eds

The hard truth about reproductive health under Obama

2 March 2015 - In The Hill, CFC president Jon O’Brien questions the Obama administration’s commitment to reproductive rights. Read more.

New Publication

You Are Not Alone: Catholic Women
and the Abortion Decision

You Are Not Alone


Catholic women facing the abortion decision often feel alone when they walk into a clinic. "You Are Not Alone" is a new resource that affirms their decisions through a solid grounding in our religious tradition.

Order "You Are Not Alone" from the CFC online store.

Read "You Are Not Alone."



Francis' Blind Spot

Francis' Blind Spot


Catholics and non-Catholics are won over by Pope Francis’ ability to see the needs of the poor and disenfranched. But for all his reported compassion, Francis does not see the needs of one group: women. This issue sheds light on his blind spot. Read more.


Catholic Theology the Bishops Won't Talk About


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.

Coalition for Liberty & Justice

Liberty and Justice for All


A new short film from the Coalition for Liberty & Justice shows what happens when religious extremists in the US use religion as a license to discriminate against hospital staff, teachers and other workers who do not conform to the extremists’ views of what is acceptable. This discrimination takes place using your tax dollars. Read more.

Contraception Coverage at the Supreme Court

Catholics for Choice Supports Real Religious Liberty

Africa Calling


We are disheartened by the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Burwelll v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Burwell cases.

You can find additional resources about religious liberty on our resource page.