In the News - 2011

ST. PETERSBURG TIMES Women’s rights at risk

  A half-century after the advent of birth-control pills, and more than a decade after the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission determined that employers risked gender discrimination if their preventive health and prescription drug plans didn’t include contraception, it appears Washington is still willing to compromise the right of women to plan their pregnancies. The […]

The Nation Bishops vs. Women: Which Side Is Obama On?

  Who matters more to President Obama, 271 Catholic bishops or millions upon millions of sexually active Catholic women who have used (or—gasp!—are using right this minute) birth control methods those bishops disapprove of? Who does Obama think the church is—the people in the pews or the men with the money and power? We’re about […]

Katha Pollitt

Mother Jones - Political Mojo Will Obama Bow on Birth Control?

http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/11/will-obama-bow-birth-control

Kate Sheppard

Louisville Courier-Journal Birth control

  Back in August, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced new guidelines for preventive health care coverage for women. The proposals were made by experts representing the nonpartisan Institute of Medicine. Among the panel’s suggestions: assistance with breast-feeding, screening for domestic violence and free birth control. The free birth control part of the […]

Religion Dispatches Both Sides Expect Obama to Side with Bishops on Contraception Coverage

  Democrats for Life, which lost most of the members of its caucus in the Blue Dog wipeout of the 2010 midterms, is out with a statement about the Obama Administration’s impending decision on whether to expand the exemption from birth control coverage for employer-sponsored insurance plans. If the Administration does the Bishops’ bidding, employers could choose […]

Sarah Posner

Florida Independent Anti-abortion Democrats want religious exemption in birth control decision

  Democrats opposed to abortion are asking the Obama administration to uphold an exemption for religious employers in its recent decision requiring health insurers to cover contraception without co-payments. Through the Affordable Care Act, women with health insurance would no longer be charged co-payments for their birth control. Women in the past have cited the […]

Ashley Lopez

Voice of America Catholic Bishops: Religious Liberty Under Attack in US

  The Roman Catholic Church says religious liberty is under attack in the United States. The allegation is part of an effort by U.S. bishops against reproductive health care policies and government funding priorities that contradict church doctrine. Bishop William Lori led the campaign at the fall assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops […]

Jerome Socolovsky

THE GAZETTE Maryland bishops warn ‘religious liberty’ threatened by same-sex marriage

  The Maryland Catholic Conference of Roman Catholic bishops has issued a 16-page statement claiming that “religious liberty” is threatened because the state might legalize same-sex marriages and other measures that run counter to its positions. Those include a proposal that would require pharmacies and hospitals to provide reproductive services — in opposition to the […]

C. Benjamin Ford

ERIE READER Joe Pitts, Religion, and Healthcare

  Recently, Representative Joe Pitts – Republican representative of Pennsylvania’s 16th district, which spans all of Lancaster county and parts of Berks and Chester counties – called together his Health subcommittee of the House committee on Energy and Commerce to blast the Obama administration standard to mandate that insurers cover contraceptives without co-pay or deductible. […]

Jay Stevens

THE DAVID PAKMAN SHOW Some Catholics Support Contraception & Choice

Catholics for Choice president Jon O’Brien was on "The David Pakman Show" discussing the Catholic hierarchy’s attempts to prevent women from getting the healthcare coverage they deserve. This interview was originally broadcast by The David Pakman Show.

David Pakman

New York Times A New Battle Over Contraception

  The Obama administration made the right call in August when it issued new standards requiring all insurers to cover contraceptives without a deductible or a co-payment, starting next year. The White House now needs to resist pressure from House Republicans, the Roman Catholic Church and other groups out to eliminate or significantly weaken the […]

POLITICO PRO Bishops seek broader health care exemption for birth control

  The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is calling on Congress to correct a “deficiency” in the health care reform law — a provision the organization is blaming for a new HHS mandate to cover contraceptive and birth-control services. The letter, signed by Pro-Life Activities Committee Chairman Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, comes in advance of […]

J. Lester Feder

Huffington Post Birth Control Coverage Sparks Fight Between Pro-Choice Groups And Catholics At Hearing

  The battle between Catholics and pro-choice groups over birth control coverage raged on Wednesday at an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing on conscience protections, which allow some organizations to abstain from providing coverage on religious grounds. The Department of Health and Human Services is currently considering regulations that would mandate that all private health care plans […]

Laura Bassett

El Diario En Argentina, una de cada tres personas conoce a alguien que abortó

  Este martes comienza a debatirse en el Congreso de la Nación, los proyectos de legalización y despenalización del aborto, entre los que se encuentra el de la Campaña Nacional por el Derecho al Aborto Legal, Seguro y Gratuito, que cuenta con la firma de 50 legisladores. El debate en el Congreso desató el debate […]

ENTRE MUJERES Aborto: comienza el debate en Diputados

  La Comisión de Legislación Penal de la Cámara de Diputados debatirá hoy en reunión de Comisión varios proyectos de ley que contemplan la despenalización del aborto. El de mayor respaldo -firmado por más de 50 legisladoras y legisladores de casi todos los bloques- es el promovido por la Campaña Nacional por el Derecho al […]

Sabrina Díaz Virzi

PARLAMENTARIO Un sondeo reveló un importante apoyo hacia el aborto

  En momentos en que los legisladores comienzan a considerar la incorporación de cambios en la ley del aborto, una encuesta expresa que los argentinos respaldan el acceso al aborto y rechazan la influencia de los obispos católicos. Mientras que una comisión parlamentaria se prepara para debatir la liberalización de la ley del aborto en […]

PAGINA 12 Opiniones sin influencia ecclesial

  Aunque el aborto está penalizado en la Argentina, un tercio de la población conoce a alguna mujer que se ha hecho un aborto alguna vez, de acuerdo con una encuesta nacional que realizó en el país Catholics for Choice, una organización con sede en Estados Unidos que promueve los derechos sexuales y reproductivos y […]

Mariana Carbajal

Huffington Post The Men Behind The War On Women

  Watch a video summary of this report. A group of men with no real background in law or medicine, but blessed with a strong personal interest in women’s bodies, have quietly influenced all of the major anti-abortion legislation over the past several years. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops may be one of the […]

Laura Bassett

Alternet Bishops Are Behind the ‘Let Women Die’ Act and the Push Against Birth Control — Even As They’re Under Fire for Sex Abuse Scandals

  Last week, the House’s passage of the now-notorious H.R. 358 — also known as the “Let Women Die” bill — caused deserved outrage. But the bill’s connection to the high-ranking Catholic group that fought for its passage, even while the American church is fighting a horrific new sex abuse scandal, hasn’t been given the […]

Sarah Seltzer

Associated Press House votes to stop abortion coverage under new health care law

  The House on Thursday returned to an abortion issue that nearly sank President Barack Obama’s health care law last year with legislation that bars an insurance plan regulated under the new law from covering abortion if any of its customers receive federal subsidies. Providers that offer abortion coverage would have to set up identical […]

Jim Abrams

Huffington Post Protect Life Act: New Bill Would Allow Hospitals To Refuse To Perform Abortions

  The House is scheduled to vote this week on a new bill that would allow federally-funded hospitals that oppose abortions to refuse to perform the procedure, even in cases where a woman would die without it. Under current law, every hospital that receives Medicare or Medicaid money is legally required to provide emergency care […]

Laura Bassett

Washington Times Bishops push back against Obama on social issues

  Alarmed by what they see as deeper government intrusion into issues such as reproductive health care and gay marriage, the nation’s Catholic bishops have created a committee to identify and resist threats to religious freedom. “Never before have we faced this kind of challenge to our ability to engage in the public square as […]

Cheryl Wetzstein

Religion Dispatches Religious Exemption for Contraception Under Health Care Law

  Today is the deadline for comments on regulations under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the religious exemption has continued to draw controversy. To recap: The exemption says that if you are an employer you must provide contraception and sterilization as part of your employees’ health coverage, unless you are a religious […]

Sarah Morice-Brubaker

KPFA 94.1 FM Jon O’Brien on Living Room with Kris Welch

Living Room – September 23, 2011 at 12:00pm Click to listen (or download)   Catholics for Choice president Jon O’Brien discusses the latest turn in the debate around the Affordable Care Act—which currently includes a refusal clause that allows religious institutions to deny coverage for some preventive care, including contraception. His interview begins at the […]

Kris Welch

Florida Independent Fifty-plus groups ask Obama to clarify position on ‘federally funded employment discrimination’

  Fifty-six organizations sent a letter to President Obama yesterday asking him to clarify his position on the ability of publicly funded institutions to hire or fire people based on their religion. Catholics for Choice and 55 other religious, civil rights, labor and health groups sent a letter to Obama asking him to comment on remarks he […]

Ashley Lopez

Florida Independent Priests for Life leader reportedly suspended over accusations of financial mismanagement

  According to Catholics for Choice, a religious pro-reproductive rights group, the leader of Priests for Life, Frank Pavone, “has been suspended from engaging in active ministry outside the Diocese of Amarillo, Texas, as a result of concerns about financial improprieties.” Pavone has been a prominent figure in the anti-abortion movement. He was scheduled to speak […]

Ashley Lopez

Mother Jones Anti-Abortion Leader Suspended Over Financial Suspicions

  The Catholic diocese of Amarillo, Texas, has suspended the leader of Priests for Life, Frank Pavone, from active ministry outside the diocese, citing concerns about his finances related to the anti-abortion group. Pavone, whose biography touts him as one of the “most prominent pro-life leaders in the world,” has run the group since 1993. […]

Kate Sheppard

San Francisco Chronicle My pilgrimage to promote condom use

  Like all pilgrims, I was guided from the United States to World Youth Day in Madrid by a belief – in my case, the belief that everyone should know the life-saving truth about condoms. When I hear about communities affected by HIV/AIDS that can’t get condoms at Catholic clinics, or about conservative bishops claiming […]

Samantha Williams

EL REFERENTE Católicos, sí; preservativo, también

  “Por muy católico que seas, el VIH puede llegar, la Iglesia tiene que actualizarse y, como vemos, la abstinencia no es una opción para los jóvenes”. Mayeli Juárez es católica, asiste regularmente a la iglesia y es quien pronuncia estas palabras. Ella es una de los más de 20 cristianos que han aprovechado la […]

EUROPA QUOTIDIANO La crociata delle magliette rosse

  «Noi – dice Maria, madrilena, studentessa di scienze della comunicazione – crediamo in Dio e ci sentiamo parte della Chiesa, proprio come tutti questi ragazzi che sono arrivati a Madrid da ogni parte del mondo. E proprio perché ci crediamo, pensiamo che il sesso, come la vita, sia sacro, e dunque che ognuno si […]

Aldo Maria Valli

ASSOCIATED CONTENT Abortions Forgiven at World Youth Day

  As host city for this week’s World Youth Day event sponsored by the Catholic Church, Madrid is both a logical and improbable choice. Spain is traditionally considered a predominantly Catholic country, with nearly 74 percent of Spaniards describing themselves as Catholic, according to a 2007 survey by the Investiga research firm. Yet the same […]

Kim Jacobs Walker

El Diario Un grupo católico defenderá el condón

  El grupo ‘Catholics for Choice’ (Católicos por la Opción a Decidir), formado por organizaciones de todo el mundo, aprovechará la Jornada Mundial de la Juventud para promover el uso de preservativos en contra de la doctrina de la Iglesia católica, que defiende la castidad y la fidelidad. La campaña bajo el lema ‘Los buenos […]

CADENA SER La coalición “Jornada Mundial de la Juventud para Tod@s” es destacada en el programa de radio “La Ventana de Madrid”

  Jacqueline Nolley Echegaray, Asociada del Programa Internacional de Catholics for Choice, informa sobre las actividades de la coalición “Jornada Mundial de la Juventud para Tod@s” (una agrupación de la campaña Condones por la Vida) durante la JMJ 2011 en Madrid. La entrevista fue transmitida durante el programa “La Ventana de Madrid” de la Cadena […]

EL CONFIDENCIAL Ana Botella veta una campaña anti-sida de condones por la visita del Papa a Madrid

  A Ana Botella, teniente de alcalde del Ayuntamiento de Madrid, no le gustan los condones. La número dos de Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón ha vetado una campaña publicitaria anti-sida en favor del uso de profilácticos promovida por Catholics for Choice (CFC), una organización católica de EEUU crítica con el Vaticano, que iba a anunciarse en autobuses […]

José L. Lobo

DEUTSCHE PRESSE-AGENTUR Young Catholics converge on Madrid to wait for pope

  Thousands of young Catholics from across the world converged Tuesday on the Spanish capital Madrid for six days of World Youth Day celebrations, which will culminate in the visit of Pope Benedict XVI. Groups of pilgrims were walking about the city or riding buses, taking pictures, singing and buying religious souvenirs. ‘I would like […]

Agencia EFE Catholics for Choice Advocates for Condom Use During Pope’s Visit to Madrid

  Catholics for Choice, a group comprised of young people from around the world, will promote condom use on occasion of World Youth Day, which is set to begin today in Madrid. Pope Benedict XVI will join the World Youth Day festivities on August 18. At a press conference today, spokespeople for the group declared […]

Religion News Service Condom Activists Push Debate At Catholic World Youth Day

  Sending a small band of young people to talk about condoms at World Youth Day, the triennial Catholic jamboree that opens in Madrid on Tuesday (Aug. 16), sounds like penance, if not a kind of martyrdom. The six-day event is expected to draw close to 1 million young pilgrims, as well as thousands of […]

David Gibson

OTTAR Risk för totalförbud mot abort i Polen

  Polen som just nu är ordförandeland i EU förbereder ett lagförslag om att totalförbjuda abort. Oroande, säger polska kvinnoorganisationen Astra. Idag tillåts abort i Polen endast vid fara för kvinnans liv eller hälsa, allvarliga fosterskador och våldtäkt. Men nu är abortlagen återigen satt under hot. Ett lagförslag som vill ha totalförbud mot all slags […]

ABORTION GANG Debunking Sisters of Life

http://abortiongang.org/2011/08/debunking-sisters-for-life/

Serena Freewomyn

THE ROANOKE TIMES Editorial: Preventive care must include birth control

  Sensibly, the Obama administration has added women’s contraception to the list of preventive services that the new Affordable Care Act will require insurers to cover at no additional cost to policyholders: no co-pays, no co-insurance, no deductibles. It is hard to imagine any preventive care more basic to women’s health than reliable birth control. […]

Agence France Presse US women win in health reforms

  The US government has announced sweeping changes that will require health care insurance plans to cover a host of women’s health services including birth control pills at no extra cost. Women’s advocates hailed the move as a major advance but expressed disappointment over a clause that exempts religious groups, while conservatives blasted the plan […]

Florida Independent Federal health agency grants contraceptive opt-out for religious institutions

  The Department of Health and Human Services included a provision in its recent decision to make birth control a preventative service that would allow religious groups to refuse to cover contraceptive services. The federal agency today announced it would be following the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation to include birth control and contraceptive services on […]

Ashley Lopez

Huffington Post Free Birth Control Religious Exemption Coverage Sparks Controversy

  The Obama administration issued official guidelines Monday that will force nearly all health insurance plans to fully cover the cost of birth control, but the mandate makes an exception for religious organizations that morally oppose contraception. That exemption has frustrated some members of both the Catholic and pro-choice communities because it could force thousands […]

Laura Bassett

National Public Radio Feds Order Insurers To Cover Birth Control Free Of Charge To Women

  Listen to the radio segment featuring Jon O’Brien here. Even though the decision was widely expected, there’s no denying the news is still a pretty big deal. Today, the Department of Health and Human Services adopted in full the women’s health recommendations issued two weeks ago by the independent Institute of Medicine. “Since birth control […]

Julie Rovner

KPFA RADIO Jon O’Brien on “Living Room with Chris Welch”

Living Room – July 22, 2011 at 12:00pm Click to listen or download   CFC President Jon O’Brien was featured in a discussion about the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation that family planning be included as preventative care as a part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on KPFA 94.1, a Berkeley public radio station. […]

Chris Welch

Agencia EFE Madrid veta una campaña publicitaria a favor del uso del condón por la visita del Papa

  La empresa Publimedia, gestora de la publicidad que lleva los autobuses de la Empresa Municipal de Transportes (EMT) y dependiente del Área de Movilidad que dirige Ana Botella, veta la campaña de ‘Catholics for Choice’ por la visita del Papa Benedicto XVI a Madrid. La visita del Papa Benedicto XVI a Madrid está generando […]

Agencia EFE Vetan anuncio a favor del preservativo a exhibir en JMJ de Madrid

  Publimedia es concesionaria de los soportes publicitarios que hay en Metro de Madrid, AENA, Renfe, ADIF y la Empresa Municipal de Transportes (EMT), así como de los intercambiadores de transportes de Plaza de Castilla y de Príncipe Pío de la capital. La empresa ha explicado hoy, en un comunicado, que la campaña que tenía […]

PÚBLICO “La libertad de expresión en España está en serias dudas”

  Tras el anuncio de Publimedia, la empresa que gestiona la publicidad en los autobuses en Madrid, de rechazar la difusión de la campaña Condoms4Life que Catholics for Choice había reservado para que viera la luz en el transporte madrileño durante el Día Mundial de la Juventud Católica, el grupo acusa a los responsables de […]

Pablo Oliveira Y Silva

Europa Press Botella defiende el veto a la campaña de los condones ‘para no herir a nadie’

  La teniente de alcalde y delegada de Medio Ambiente del Ayuntamiento de Madrid, Ana Botella, ha defendido este martes la decisión de Publimedia de rechazar una campaña publicitaria a favor del uso del preservativo que quería ponerse en los autobuses de la EMT por considerar que la justificación de la compañía “es razonable”. Tal […]

Europa Press Los autobuses urbanos de Madrid rechazan una campaña en favor del uso del preservativo

  La empresa adjudicataria de la publicidad exterior de los autobuses de la Empresa Municipal de Transportes (EMT) de Madrid, Publimedia, ha rechazado una campaña de la organización Catholics for Choice que pretendía abogar por el uso del preservativo a mediados de agosto, coincidiendo con la visita del Papa Benedicto XVI a la capital española. […]

MLADINA Good Catholics Can Use Contraception

  The organization Catholics for Choice represents the voice of many in the US, Europe, Latin America and elsewhere who disagree with the Catholic church’s official position on issues of sexuality. They present an alternative view to official church teachings forbidding condoms and other contraception and, especially, abortion. Do Catholicism and “choice” belong together? It […]

Peter Petrovcic

Chicago Tribune Chicago businesswoman resigns from Notre Dame board

  A Chicago business executive resigned Wednesday from the University of Notre Dame’s board of trustees after a conservative Roman Catholic watchdog group reported that she donated thousands of dollars to an organization that says it is “dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women.” Roxanne Martino, a 1977 Notre Dame graduate and president and chief executive […]

Manya A. Brachear

Religion Dispatches Paul Ryan’s Bible, Jim Wallis’, Or None of the Above?

  Rep. Paul Ryan refused a Bible—handily notated so he could pick out the passages on the poor—offered to him by James Salt of Catholics United, at Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition conference last week. Salt was working with Faithful America, an affiliated organization of Faith in Public Life. Some progressives think this is noteworthy, or […]

Sarah Posner

Associated Press Movement to establish ‘personhood’ of fetus gains ground in South, divides abortion opponents

  Eager to prove their pro-life credentials in the increasingly Republican South, conservative lawmakers are pushing to define a fetus as a person from the moment of conception and spur a direct challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion decision. By defining “personhood,” legislatures in Louisiana and Alabama are effectively […]

Molly Davis

PBS NEWSHOUR Vatican Maintains Stance on Condoms at HIV/AIDS Summit

  Catholics for Choice president Jon O’Brien was featured in a segment on the PBS NewsHour about the May 2011 summit in Rome on HIV/AIDS prevention. This video was distributed by PBS NewsHour.

Ray Suarez

Associated Press Vatican convenes AIDS experts amid condom flap

  The Vatican on Friday welcomed AIDS experts from around the world for a two-day symposium on preventing HIV and caring for people with the virus, just months after the pope made international headlines with his groundbreaking comments about condoms and AIDS. Organizers insist the meeting won’t call into question traditional church teaching opposing artificial […]

Nicole Winfield

Malta Star Shadows cast on Maltese Church as International official condemns Church’s Divorce propaganda

Jon O’Brien, the President of Catholics for Choice has expressed his doubts over the Maltese Catholic Church’s attitude towards the upcoming divorce referendum. In an article on The Malta Independent, O’Brien says that although the Maltese Church has every right to voice its opinion against divorce, it still has no right to dictate what should […]

VARLDEN IDAG Bishop Protests Parliament Decision Against Doctors’ Conscience Rights

  Sweden’s reputation as a democratic society is under attack. According to Catholic Bishop Anders Arborelius, this is the result from a parliamentary decision not to endorse a Council of Europe recommendation on conscience clauses, specifically the right of doctors to refuse to participate in abortions. “Respect for individual conscience is a must in today’s […]

Eva Janzon

THE BALTIMORE SUN In defense of religious moderation

Whether it’s the U.S. president ordering the killing of an Islamist extremist in Pakistan, a Long Island congressman scheduling hearings on the radicalization of Islam in America, or mullahs in Afghanistan exhorting mobs to violence in response to a Florida preacher burning a copy of the Quran, it’s hard to avoid the impression that the […]

William Egginton

USA TODAY - THE OVAL Obama attacked on abortion — by abortion rights groups

  As news of the Osama bin Laden raid recedes, politics returns — and President Obama is taking heat from a big part of his political base: abortions rights supporters. Conscience magazine, published by the group Catholics for Choice, produced a symposium from writers questioning Obama’s commitment to abortion rights. A sampling, from the Catholics for […]

David Jackson

FOX 4 FLORIDA Can Catholics be pro-choice?

  A controversial meeting held at Planned Parenthood in Collier County on Thursday night. It’s sparking debate and outrage among some inside the Catholic Church. Nearly 3,000 families practice their faith at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Naples. Father John Ludden is the Pastor there. “What is your first reaction when you see […]

Julie Salomone

Reuters Most Catholic women use birth control banned by church

  Some 98 percent of sexually active Catholic women have used contraceptive methods banned by the church, research published on Wednesday showed. A new report from the Guttmacher Institute, the nonprofit sexual health research organization, shows that only 2 percent of Catholic women, even those who regularly attend church, rely on natural family planning. The […]

Lauren Keiper

Ms. Magazine Treatment Denied

Kathleen Prieskorn gasped in shock as her medical nightmare began. Still reeling from the heartbreak of an earlier miscarriage, Prieskorn was three months pregnant and working as a waitress when she felt a twinge, felt a trickle down her leg and realized she was miscarrying again. She rushed to her doctor’s office, “where I learned […]

The Irish Times Irish pro-choice meeting in US

  Leading Irish pro-choice advocates were in Washington DC yesterday in an attempt to raise awareness there about abortion issues in Ireland. The delegation, which included former deputy leader of the Labour Party, Liz McManus, held a briefing event on Capitol Hill to persuade politicians and influential groups in the United States of a need […]

Cian Nihill

Religion Dispatches If Abortion Isn’t Health Care, What is It?

  Congressman Chris Smith (Republican, New Jersey) introduced his party’s third highest priority for the new congress, H.R. 3, or “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” with a puzzling statement: “Abortion is not health care.”(Congressional Record, Vol. 157, No. 8). Just what is it then? I guess he would call it a sin and try […]

Mary E. Hunt

Washington Post Panel backs Holy Cross’s Montgomery hospital bid

  Maryland state regulators voted Thursday to grant permission to Holy Cross Hospital to build the first new hospital in Montgomery County in 30 years. The vote by the Maryland Health Care Commission comes after Adventist HealthCare and Holy Cross spent more than two years in a fierce and costly high-stakes battle to expand their […]

Lena Sun

Washington Post Coalition urges rejection of Holy Cross proposal for new Montgomery hospital

  A coalition of women’s and religious groups is urging Maryland state regulators to reject a proposal by Holy Cross Hospital to build a new hospital in Montgomery County because Catholic restrictions on reproductive health services could jeopardize access and care for low-income women and teens. The Maryland Health Care Commission is scheduled to make […]

Lena Sun

Washington Post Religious hospitals’ restrictions sparking conflicts, scrutiny

  In Texas, a Catholic bishop made two hospitals cease doing tube-tying operations for women who are not going to have more babies. In Oregon, another bishop cast a medical center out of his diocese for refusing to discontinue the same procedure. In Arizona, a nun was excommunicated and the hospital where she works was […]

Rob Stein

Washington Post - Acts of Faith In good conscience?

  In his annual speech to the diplomatic corps with credentials at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI suggested that the conscience rights of healthcare workers were under attack. “Christians are even required at times to act in the exercise of their profession with no reference to their religious and moral convictions, and even in opposition […]

Jon O'Brien
Catholics for Choice