Letters & Op-Eds - 1999

Conscience Ireland’s Newest Import

By Frances Kissling Winter 1999 – 2000 Emily Lyons is the face of abortion violence in America. A nurse, she was maimed and blinded in one eye by a bomb blast that shattered an Alabama abortion clinic in 1998, killing a policeman moonlighting as a security guard. Emily’s face, pockmarked by the nails in the […]

Frances Kissling

DAILY NATION (KENYA) Condoms: Was Bishop Serious?

  Bishop John Njue’s comment that the use of condoms is to blame for the Aids epidemic ravaging Africa (DN, Nov 2) illustrates the Catholic hierarchy’s continued insensitivity to scientific fact and human suffering. The effectiveness of condoms in preventing the spread of Aids is an undisputed fact. A major review of the foremost studies […]

Frances Kissling

Religion News Service The Catholic Church’s Achilles’ Heel

  Holding women and children hostage to the church’s repudiated positions on reproductive matters is an epic failure of compassion. Just after the Supreme Court recognized a woman’s right to choose abortion twenty-six years ago, the Pregnancy Aid Center opened in College Park, Maryland, a Washington, DC, suburb, to help women who didn’t want abortions […]

Frances Kissling

INSIGHT ON THE NEWS Is the UN Women’s Agenda Riding Roughshod over Religion?

Symposium with Diane Sabom and Frances Kissling Q: Is the U.N. women’s agenda riding roughshod over religion? Diane Sabom Sabom is an independent writer specializing in women’s issues and politics and represents a nongovernmental organization at the United Nations. Yes: Newly minted women’s rights are squeezing freedom of religion and conscience. For years lawyers and […]

Frances Kissling

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE A Question of Faith

  Trust women—even rape victims—to make childbearing decisions Bishop should acknowledge complexity of choice in Kosovo In a May 12 Counterpoint article in the Star Tribune, Archbishop Harry J. Flynn attempted to justify Vatican opposition to the provision of emergency Contraception to women refugees who have been raped in the Kosovar crisis. His argument was […]

Frances Kissling

USA TODAY The Vatican and Politics of Reproductive Health

  The leadership of the Roman Catholic Church is unable to acknowledge and trust that women will make good decisions about family planning, sterilization, and abortion. One of the most complex and important questions facing policymakers is the role of religious institutions in the formulation of public policy and law. The question most frequently arises […]

Frances Kissling

FREE INQUIRY The Case Against the Vatican: Guilty as Charged

  In 1993, the year before the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo began, the Vatican campaigned with a vengeance against the consensus taking shape around the United Nations conference. From Pope John Paul II down through the Roman Catholic hierarchy came charges that the conference represented evil itself. Indeed, the Vatican’s vision […]

Frances Kissling

Irish Times Allowing Leeway in Moral Choices

  It must be hard to be a bishop or priest today. So few teachings are blindly accepted any more by Catholics who are no longer satisfied with “Father says” as an answer to tough questions. Why can’t priests marry or women be priests or divorced Catholics establish new and loving marriages? In the absence […]

Frances Kissling

Irish Times Dr. Connell on Contraception

  Sir, Archbishop Connell’s analysis of the impact of contraception on the quality of family life would, if it came from anywhere other than the Roman Catholic church, be described as psychobabble or dismissed outright. Only a man who has not had to put food on the table, educate his children, or negotiate a fair […]

Frances Kissling

EARTH TIMES Religion: Getting Involved

  In the run-up to the International Conference on Population and Development, significant efforts were made among governments, the United Nations, and NGOs to find new solutions to the challenges at hand. Particular attention was paid to international women’s health organizations and advocates, whose criticisms of past population policies were certainly not integrated into theory […]

Frances Kissling

DALLAS MORNING NEWS Pope Coverage is Sexist

  Pope John Paul II is coming to the United States, and thus it is time for newspapers to do some soul-searching. How will they cover the visit? Will they follow past history and ignore women as sources of serious commentary? Or will they show they are truly committed to fairness and gender equity in […]

Frances Kissling
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