In the News - 2014

Washington Times New Catholic rules to affect health care services, mergers

The governing body of the U.S. Catholic Church this week began the process of reconciling doctrine with 21st-century medical directives, but some human rights advocates say those revisions could be a tough pill to swallow. During their 2014 General Assembly meeting this week, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted 213 to 2 to update […]

Meredith Somers

ProPublica Catholic Bishops Weigh Tightening Rules for Health Care Partnerships

Samaritan was secular, committed to providing the widest possible spectrum of reproductive and maternity care to its Albany-area patients. St. Mary’s was Catholic, limiting or banning many reproductive options— and any merger partner had to abide by the same rules. It took several years of negotiations among three different health systems, much back-and-forth with women’s […]

RH Reality Check Pope Francis’ ‘Synod on the Family’ Raises Hope, But Fails to Deliver Change

Since his election in 2013, Pope Francis has been making headlines for his seemingly progressive statements on a number of social issues. He suggested, for example, that God looks at a gay person with love; he also told the United States Catholic Church to stop spending so much time talking about birth control and abortion. And just this week, for […]

RH Reality Check A Colorado Catholic Speaks Out Against Amendment 67

As a Latina Catholic and Coloradan, I care about my community. I hold a deep respect for all life, and an equally profound reverence for the respect due to every person’s conscience. I believe in social justice—the idea that each person has value, and that all of us have a moral duty to stand up […]

Jordan Sauers

Agencia EFE Desarrollan campaña con latinas sobre los derechos reproductivos de la mujer

A tres semanas de que los votantes de Colorado decidan si modifican las leyes estatales sobre el aborto, una organización local celebrará hoy un foro dirigido a latinas sobre las implicaciones de la Enmienda 67 respecto a los derechos reproductivos de la mujer. Según señaló a Efe Gina Milán, de la Organización para la Oportunidad […]

The Daily Beast The Pope vs. the Church on Family Values?

When Pope Francis opened the Extraordinary General Assembly Synod of Bishops to discuss the role of the family in the Catholic context on Sunday, he opened the biggest can of worms in his still-young papacy. It is expected to pit hard-core Catholic conservatives who prefer to hang on to the Church’s traditional doctrine on family matters against […]

Irish Times Pope Francis’s first synod attracts huge media interest

On the eve of the Synod on the Family which Pope Francis opens tomorrow with an inaugural mass in the Basilica of St Peter’s, Synod secretary general Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisserri yesterday focused on the Greek roots of the word synod, namely “synodos”. Literally, this means “walk together”. However, as the 191 Synod fathers (cardinals and bishops) plus 61 experts […]

Paddy Agnew

KGNU Community Radio Catholics for Choice speaking out against personhood amendment

Listen here. Being a devout Catholic and being prochoice is not necessarily mutually exclusive. Despite the official position of the Catholic church on abortion, more and more lay Catholic groups are speaking out in support of women’s choice. One such group is Catholics for Choice. Maeve Conran spoke with Meghan Smith who was in Denver […]

Maeve Conran

The Daily Beast A Christian Case for Abortion Rights?

Wendy Davis’ abortion revelations raise the question: Can abortion be the most compassionate choice? Some religious leaders say yes. When news broke that Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis had previously terminated two pregnancies for medical reasons, she received words of compassion from a surprising source. A spokesperson for Texas Right to Life called “the value […]

Keli Goff

The Hill GOP Senate candidates mum on birth control mandate change

Republican Senate candidates are staying silent on President Obama’s latest changes to the birth control coverage mandate even as the policy catches flak from the religious right. Top GOP hopefuls haven’t weighed in on the issue since Friday, when the administration announced new measures meant to accommodate religious groups and businesses that object to their […]

Thomson Reuters Foundation Religious opposition and hostile press obstruct pro-choice campaigners in El Salvador

Rosa Maria Hernandez’s opponents say she is promoting the law of death and a traitor to her country, El Salvador, and to Catholicism. Hernandez heads Catholics for the Right to Decide in El Salvador. In a deeply Catholic nation, pro-choice activists campaigning to get the country’s blanket ban on abortion overturned so that women can […]

Huffington Post Faith Leaders Sign Letter Opposing Religious Exemption For LGBT Hiring Non-Discrimination

More than one hundred faith leaders sent a letter to President Obama on Tuesday asking that he remove a religious exemption from his upcoming executive order banning hiring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity among federal contractors. “As people of faith, we should be exemplary and not exempted,” Rev. Dr. Serene […]

Catholics for Choice Supports Real Religious Liberty

  We are disheartened by the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius cases. Watch our short movie to see what’s at stake if religious extremists are granted the right to use religion to discriminate. Read more here: Catholics Blast Bogus Claims of Religious Liberty in Washington Post Ad […]

Al Jazeera America The Supreme Court rules on Hobby Lobby case

  Sara Hutchinson Ratcliffe from Catholics for Choice discusses the controversial ruling over birth control coverage. This piece was originally aired by Al Jazeera America.  

Womenstake NWLC Testifies at D.C. Council Hearing on Proposed Bill to Prevent Bosses from Firing Women for Their Reproductive Decisions

It made for riveting television. No, I’m not talking about the latest World Cup match, although I’m sure that was riveting too. I’m referring to Monday’s public hearing at the D.C. Council on the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014 where NWLC’s Senior Counsel and Director of State Reproductive Policy Gretchen Borchelt testified in support of the […]

Forbes What To Expect If Hobby Lobby Wins Religious Freedom Case

Sometime before June 30 — as soon as today, possibly — the US Supreme Court will decide whether a corporation can have religious beliefs. The Justices are set to rule on whether the Affordable Care Act is infringing on craft store chain Hobby Lobby’s religious rights by forcing the company to provide full contraceptive coverage […]

Uprising Radio Sorting Fact From Fiction In the Story of Ireland’s Mass Children’s Grave

Listen here. The story of a mass grave site of nearly 800 children and babies in Tuam, County Galway, Ireland, has sparked worldwide outrage. The bodies are thought to have been found in an unused septic tank of what was known as a “mother and baby home,” called the Bon Secours Home for Unmarried Mothers […]

CNN en Español ¿Cambios en la iglesia?

  Papa Francisco anunció esta semana que se reunirá con víctimas de abuso sexual cometido por miembros del clero. En este clip de CNN en Español, Jacqueline Nolley Echegaray de Catholics for Choice dice que ya es hora que la jerarquía católica reconozca y asuma su responsabilidad por los crímenes cometidos por miembros del clero, […]

Philippine Daily Inquirer A war on girls

Those who see nothing wrong with government, Church and other authorities dictating on and interfering in the behavior of young people need only look to Africa for enlightenment (if they want it). There, according to an article that appeared in a recent issue of “Conscience,” the “newsjournal of Catholic opinion” published by Catholics for Choice, […]

Rina Jimez-David

RTE Jon O’Brien on the John Murray Show

  In a wide-ranging interview, Catholics for Choice president and Dublin native Jon O’Brien discusses abortion and contraception laws in Ireland, the importance of conscience in Catholicism and his predictions for how the church will develop in the coming decades. This piece was originally aired by RTÉ.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Pope Francis inspires incredible optimism

Hands up and grinning, 77-year-old Jorge Bergoglio holds court like any veteran storyteller, but when he rises in St. Peter’s Square, about 735,000 people applaud. The doors to a millennia-old institution stained by financial mismanagement, sex abuse and resolute secrecy were thrown open last year by a cheerful, Argentine pontiff who takes selfies, rides the […]

Megan Harris

Irish Examiner Catholics making their own choices

Catholics for Choice believes people can make their own judgements about sex and reproduction, says Jonathan deBurca Butler LAST summer, a billboard ad campaign for Catholics appeared in towns and cities in Kenya. Posters showed a smiling couple. The caption read: “We believe in God, we believe that sex is sacred, we believe in caring for […]

Jonathan deBurca Butler

Forbes Hobby Lobby Case: ‘About Labor Rights And Religious Extremism, Not Birth Control’

This past Saturday, thousands across the U.S. pledged their support for the religious rights of corporations by taking to craft chain Hobby Lobby en masse. In a show of solidarity with the $3.3 billion (revenues) company in its ongoing Supreme Court case, shoppers bought Easter crafts and wreath-making materials, posting photos of their spoils to a dedicated Facebook page […]

Clare O’Connor

Yahoo News Both self-styled uniters, Pope Francis and President Obama remain deeply divided

Taken at face value, it would be easy to presume that President Barack Obama and Pope Francis have a lot in common. After all, the two men have graced many of the same magazine covers, including Time, Rolling Stone, the Advocate and Fortune. They are both champions of social justice. And each has worked in […]

Barbie Latza Nadeau

Associated Press In first meeting, Obama says he’s ‘great admirer’ of pope

President Barack Obama called himself a ‘‘great admirer’’ of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican Thursday with the pontiff he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality. Their nearly hourlong first meeting comes as Obama’s administration remains deeply split with the church over abortion and contraception. Obama arrived at the […]

Jim Kuhnhenn and Nicole Winfield

The Daily Beast Obama Goes to Rome Hoping to Tap Some of Pope Francis’ Popularity

Does being around the most popular person on the planet make you popular, too? Apparently that’s the hope. Judging by the way the world’s elite are flocking to Vatican City, you might think Pope Francis is sprinkling magic pixie dust, not holy water. On Thursday, U.S. President Barack Obama will take his turn visiting the […]

Barbie Latza Nadeau

Wall Street Journal Many Voices Try to Shape Pope Francis-Obama Meeting

In anticipation of Pope Francis’ Thursday meeting with President Barack Obama, activist Judie Brown sent the pontiff an unsolicited 12-page memo that detailed what she said is the administration’s hostility toward the church on issues such as abortion and contraception. The meeting also spurred 10-year-old Jersey Vargas to travel to Rome from Los Angeles to […]

Tamara Audi

Uprising Radio Despite Internal Pressures, Pope Francis’ First Year Shows Promise

Listen here. Pope Francis has just completed his first year of papacy and he’s made more headlines than any other pope in recent memory. He was chosen as Time magazine’s Person of the Year and featured on the cover of Rolling Stone. His eccentricities in driving a used car and doing away with many of […]

Sonali Kolhatkar

WEAR TV Hundreds protest possible abortion restriction

A hundred women were on Capitol Hill in Tallahassee today, expressing their concern about possible changes to Florida’s abortion laws. Right now, there are three proposed bills that would put more restrictions on abortions or completely ban them. Representatives from Planned Parenthood and Catholics for Choice say they want to make sure women’s rights to […]

Capitol News Service A Right to Choose…One Way or the Other

A hundred women wearing pink braved stormy weather to come to the Capitol over concerns their right to control their bodies might change this legislative session. Three pending bills would restrict or ban abortions all-together, Laura Robinson made the trip from Sarasota. “It’s extremely important, that’s why we’re all here,” said Robinson, “we’re all here […]

Mike Vasilinda

Tampa Tribune Planned Parenthood supporters rally in capital for health care expansion

More than 100 Planned Parenthood supporters rallied Monday outside Gov. Rick Scott’s office for increased access to health care, Tampa’s state senator lobbed a political grenade. “We need to pass Sen. Garcia’s bill,” Democrat Arthenia Joyner told the crowd, referring to Hialeah Republican Rene Garcia’s proposal this year to cover more poor Floridians by expanding […]

James L. Rosica

Excelsior Francisco, un Papa mediático

Justo hace un año un cardenal argentino, se convirtió en el primer latinoamericano, que llega a ser el máximo líder de la Iglesia católica. El 13 de marzo de 2013 salió del balcón central de la Basílica de San Pedro un hombre sencillo y humilde que en tan sólo unos meses cambió la historia de […]

Juan Pablo Reyes y María Fernanda Navarro

The Loop Catholics celebrate Pope Francis

Watch here. Jon O’Brien, Catholics for Choice president, says Pope Francis wants to see ‘greater quality for all. This piece was originally aired by CTV News.

National Public Radio One Year Later, ‘A Pope For All’ Keeps Catholics Guessing

Listen here. A year ago today, the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics got their first Jesuit pope and the first from the global south. Taking the name Francis, he soon became one of the world’s most popular newsmakers. Following two doctrinally conservative leaders, the Argentine-born pope’s pastoral approach has given the Catholic Church a new glow […]

Sylvia Poggioli

Religion Dispatches Debate Heats Up Over “Francis Effect”

Mitt Romney’s delusional 2012 pollsters got nothing on apologists for last week’s Pew Poll that found no real “Francis effect” from the pope’s first year. According to Daniel Burke at CNN.com in a lengthy, mostly anecdotal piece, “there’s more way than one to measure the pontiff’s influence” than, say, actual metrics like the number of people going to mass […]

Patricia Miller

The Observer Pope Francis: revitalising the Catholic church

On St Valentine’s Day last month, after days of rain, Rome suddenly found itself bathed in warm sunshine. The canopy of cloudless blue materialised just in time, because in St Peter’s Square around 10,000 engaged couples, from 40 countries, were gathering to receive papal blessings. As with any event that involves Pope Francis, the level of interest […]

Julian Coman

CKNW Jon O’Brien on the Bill Good Show

Listen here. Catholics for Choice President Jon O’Brien discusses some of the highlights and disappointments of Pope Francis’s first year as leader of the Catholic church. This piece was originally aired by CKNW AM.

Bill Good

Al Jazeera America Pope says he’s no ‘superman,’ playing down potential for sweeping reforms

Pope Francis on Wednesday played down the notion that he is a “superman” who will bring sweeping reforms to the Roman Catholic Church, stressing that bans on contraception and gay marriage would remain in place. In a wide-ranging interview with Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper, the pope also said no institution had moved with more “transparency and […]

Wall Street Journal Women Could Have Greater Role in Church, Says Pope

The Vatican could soon make significant changes to the role of women in the Catholic Church and to its approach to divorcées, Pope Francis said in a newspaper interview. As the anniversary of his election approaches, the Argentine-born pontiff also sought to rebuff criticisms that he has done too little to respond to the sex-abuse […]

Deborah Ball

Reuters Scathing U.N. report demands Vatican act against child sex abuse

The United Nations on Wednesday accused the Vatican of systematically turning a blind eye to decades of sexual abuse of children by priests, and demanded it immediately turn over known or suspected offenders to civil justice. In a scathingly blunt report, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child said Church officials had imposed […]

Stephanie Nebehay and Philip Pullella

EFE Díaz “avergonzada” porque los belgas tengan que defender el aborto en España

La presidenta de la Junta de Andalucía y secretaria general de los socialistas andaluces, Susana Díaz, dijo este jueves que sintió “vergüenza” al ver a los belgas salir a la calle este miércoles para protestar contra la reforma de la ley del aborto que prepara el Gobierno español. “Imagínese la vergüenza que sentimos muchos españoles […]

E.O. Clamor en el corazón de la Unión Europea

Más de un millar de mujeres belgas, españolas y de otros países europeos se manifestaron ayer por la tarde durante más de una hora frente a la embajada de España en Bruselas para expresar su rechazo total al proyecto de ley elaborado por el Gobierno del PP, que pretende restringir el derecho al aborto. La […]

EFE Dos mil personas se manifiestan contra la ley del aborto española frente a la Eurocámara

Bajo el lema ‘En apoyo a las españolas y por el derecho a abortar en Europa’, las organizaciones European Women’s Lobby, Abortion Right, European Humanist Federation, Catholics for Choice e International Planned Parenthood Federation convocaron una marcha que comenzó frente a la sede de la embajada de España en Bruselas. El PP quiere crear una […]

USA TODAY Debate rages over contraception coverage in religious universities

On Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays of every week, a small table is set up in ‘Red Square,’ a space on Georgetown University’s campus where student groups organize for expressions of free speech. On the table is a bowl of free condoms and informational pamphlets about contraceptives and STI testing. “This past semester, we handed out […]

Hailey Lee

CNN BELIEF BLOG Six surprising changes to the anti-abortion March for Life

For decades, the March for Life has followed a familiar formula: Bus in thousands of abortion opponents. Protest in front of the Supreme Court. Go home. But this year, in addition to dealing with snow and bone-chilling wind, the March will move in a different direction, says Jeanne Monahan, president of the anti-abortion group. Long-winded […]

Daniel Burke

NBC 26 First Ever March for Life Event in Green Bay

Nearly 100 people marching on Brown County’s Courthouse this morning. They want to end abortion in Wisconsin. This week marks the 41st anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. It’s a ruling that has seen controversy ever since it’s inception in 1972.Linda Stone says she’s marching for a cause today. “Children […]

Raquel Lamal

Wall Street Journal Pope Looks Beyond West With Cardinal Picks

 Pope Francis took one of his biggest steps yet to reshape the Roman Catholic Church’s hierarchy by appointing a batch of new cardinals hailing largely from the developing world. The pontiff’s choices—including priests from Asia, two African countries and Haiti, marks a departure from his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI’s tendency to appoint cardinals from Western […]

Deborah Ball, Liam Moloney and Tamara Audi
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