Press Releases

Catholic Leaders across the Nation Reaffirm Support for Planned Parenthood

29 March 2017 –Today, over 100 Catholic state leaders and legislators from 33 states joined together to reaffirm their support for Planned Parenthood in a two-page spread in Politico.  The House Freedom Caucus and other ultraconservatives in Congress are bent on using any legislation necessary to defund the organization, including possibly holding hostage the continuing resolution to keep the federal government open. Read more.

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Media Advisory: US delegation to CSW includes groups bent on dismantling UN reproductive health institutions

15 March 2017 – The Trump administration’s agenda to “deconstruct the administrative state,” as stated by White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was made evident to global allies at this week’s sixty-first session of the United Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).  The official government delegation to CSW, headed by newly minted US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, was accompanied by two public delegates from the Center for Family & Human Rights (C-FAM) and The Heritage Foundation— two ultraconservative organizations with a long history of tearing down the CSW and its “feminist agenda” in support of reproductive rights.

“In the midst of potential deep cuts to US contributions to the UN, the inclusion of these antichoice and anti-UN voices was clearly meant to send a signal of hostility by the new administration to the CSW,” said Catholics for Choice president Jon O’Brien.  “These representatives from radical right have railed against the work of the CSW and UN agencies, like the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), that have until now relied on US support to provide essential reproductive health services for the most vulnerable women around the world.” Read more.

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Catholics Cannot Support Gorsuch

1 February 2017 – President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court throws American women’s reproductive rights under the bus and puts real religious freedom in jeopardy.

Rather than being the candidate some thought would shake up Washington, the president is proving to be like many politicians before him—someone who bends a knee before the special interests who delivered him to the White House. He is advancing an ultra-conservative Republican agenda that flies in the face of 40 years of legal precedent and does not respect a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions and choose an abortion. Read more.

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Catholics Support EACH Woman Act

31 January 2017 –Today, Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) have introduced the EACH Woman Act alongside Pro-Choice Caucus Co-Chairs Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and 100 other members of Congress. This bill ends bans on federal funding for abortion services—like the Hyde Amendment—and ensures that every woman in the United States can access abortion services when necessary, no matter where she lives, how she receives health insurance or what she has in her wallet. Read more.

CFC in the News

Why this Catholic will not join the March for Life

“Catholic tradition teaches us that church teaching on moral decision-making is complex — and Catholic theology leaves room for the acceptance of policies that favor the full range of reproductive health options. At the heart of Catholic teaching on moral matters is the call for Catholics to obey the certain judgment of our individual conscience — not mindlessly march to the bishops’ drum.”

Read Jon O’Brien’s latest op-ed in Religion News Service.

Press Releases

Trump’s America Takes 10 Steps Back, Reinstates Global Gag Rule

Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued a statement today decrying the reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule by President Donald J. Trump.

“Today’s decision reinstating the Mexico City Policy, or the Global Gag Rule as it is better known, is a huge step backwards for the United States as a responsible global leader, and for the health and welfare of millions of the world’s poorest women.” Read more.

In an op-ed published by The Independent, Jon O’Brien explains why the Global Gag Rule goes against Catholic social justice teachings.

“As a Catholic, I cannot help but see that social justice will be greatly undermined by this cynical move: It is the poor who will suffer and die as a result, because the Global Gag Rule will severely impact some of the poorest countries in the world by scrapping practical, life-saving programs and curtailing the effectiveness of global health services.” Read more.

New Publication

Is Your Health Care Compromised?

Conscience2016-1-1_001 More than one in six hospital beds is Catholic-owned or –affiliated, and millions of people rely on Catholic healthcare each day in the U.S. Whether they are seeking routine or life-saving medical care, are their options more limited than would be offered at a secular facility? The newly released report, Is Your Health Care Compromised? from Catholics for Choice, answers that question.

Conscience Magazine

Talking About Abortion


Persuading others to a particular point of view is no small feat, which is why the main feature in this issue of Conscience magazine examines the use of framing and rhetoric when talking about abortion. In the article, “The Trouble with George Lakoff,” writer Joanna Williams discusses what one of the preeminent experts on framing and metaphors says about abortion. By overstating the significance of a fetishistic search for the right word, are we downplaying the capacity for people to act consciously upon the world?

The rest of the magazine is packed with interesting and thought-provoking articles. Jon O’Brien raises the timely issue of free speech in an article about debate on campus. Andrew Buncombe traveled to El Salvador to interview Maria Theresa Rivera who was originally sentenced to 40 years in prison for having a miscarriage. And Patricia Miller sheds light on the decline of abortion rights and access in the United States.

If you are ready to examine the power of rhetoric and free speech, reading the many articles in this new issue of Conscience is a good place to start.

ABC Radio – Sunday Nights with John Clearly

12 November 2016 – Catholics for Choice President Jon O’Brien recently toured New Zealand and Australia explaining the position of prochoice Catholicism as the keynote speaker at the Sexual and Reproductive Health conference in New Zealand, and the Family Planning conference in Australia.

Listen to his discussions with ABC Radio’s John Cleary, and Radio New Zealand’s Kim Hill.

The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics

Want to understand how to be Catholic and prochoice? Watch this video to hear Catholic theologians tell you how.


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

Watch the recording.