Letters & Op-Eds - 2000

CHRISTIAN CENTURY RU-486

  With the arrival of RU-486, those who favor legal abortion face some new challenges. One is the need to bring down the cost of abortion by RU-486. That an abortion primarily produced by pills will cost the same as a surgical abortion is troubling. Abortion providers justify this cost by noting that FDA-mandated procedure […]

Frances Kissling

Roll Call Bush’s ‘Culture of Life’ Double Talk

  Morton Kondracke, in “Counting Catholics, Parties Appeal to Two ‘Gospels’” (Oct. 30), said Bush Catholic adviser Deal Hudson is “pleased” with Texas Gov. George W. Bush’s (R) emphasis on compassionate conservatism as well as with Bush’s promise to restore a “culture of life” in America. “Culture of life” is papal talk for opposition to […]

Frances Kissling

Newsday Women’s Safety is Reason to Celebrate

Despite the protestations of Kathleen Gallagher of the New York State Catholic Conference, news that the Food and Drug Administration has approved RU-486, the medication that induces early abortion, is a welcome development for American women. The approval of RU-486 will also be welcomed by Catholic women, who have abortions at the same rate as […]

Frances Kissling

Choices The Ethics of Prochoice Advocacy

  With increasing opposition to family planning from various conservative forces, it is clear that those of us who are committed to reproductive health must become more thoughtful and engaged advocates. This commitment to advocacy will involve us in many new partnerships. Just as we have moved from a family planning model to a reproductive […]

Frances Kissling

New York Times Vatican’s Role at the UN

  To the Editor: An Oct. 9 front-page article about Rick A. Lazio’s debate with Hillary Rodham Clinton reports that he said the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League “wants to kick the Vatican out of the U.N.” The article says Naral wants “the Vatican’s role weakened at the U.N.” In fact, the “See […]

Frances Kissling

ZPG REPORTER Merger Emergency

  Imagine you are a poor pregnant woman in a remote area of Northern California. You already have as many children as you want-or can provide for-and decide that following the birth of this child, you want your tubes tied. This procedure, known as a tubal ligation, is the most popular form of birth control […]

Frances Kissling

MSNBC.COM Easing a Difficult Moral Choice

  A drug that allows early intervention simplifies the issue News that the FDA has just approved RU-486, the medication that induces early abortion, is a welcome development for American women. Most women, regardless of their religion or lack thereof, take abortion seriously and most certainly would prefer to prevent pregnancy rather than have an […]

Frances Kissling

Sunday Business Post ‘Punishing’ the Holy See

  Your article “Groups combine to oppose international anti-Vatican campaign” (August 27) misrepresents the motives of The “See Change” Campaign. We do not seek to “punish” the Holy See. We seek to ensure that all religions are treated equally at the UN and, in fact, we recognise the good work that the Holy See does […]

David Nolan

Sunday Business Post ‘Punishing’ the Holy See

  Your article “Groups combine to oppose international anti-Vatican campaign” (August 27) misrepresents the motives of The “See Change” Campaign. We do not seek to “punish” the Holy See. We seek to ensure that all religions are treated equally at the UN and, in fact, we recognise the good work that the Holy See does […]

David Nolan

Chicago Tribune Women’s Choices

  On the issue of conscience clauses, we think the Rev. Carlton Veazey (“Allowing reproductive choice,” Voice of the people, June 29) showed far more insight into the ethical dilemmas faced by both health care institutions and consumers of health-care services than either the June 15 editorial or the July 20 response from Bishop Edwin […]

Frances Kissling

Roll Call Catholic League Wrong about CFFC

  To the Editor: A letter by the Catholic League claims that Catholics for a Free Choice should not be characterized as a Catholic group (“CFFC Does Not Represent Catholics,” July 31). The League is wrong on all counts. We are indeed a group of Catholics. While not a membership organization, the vast majority of […]

Frances Kissling

Washington Times DC Council, Contraceptives and the Catholic Church

  A letter the Catholic League claims that Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC) is “anti-Catholic.” (“D.C. Council, contraceptives and the Catholic Church,” Aug. 2). Therefore, a CFFC report that proves that insurance coverage for contraceptives is provided by many Catholic health plans across the country should not be cited or trusted in the current […]

Frances Kissling

MODERN HEALTHCARE Religion Shouldn’t Dictate Healthcare Services

  When Chicago Archbishop Cardinal Francis George opposed an American Medical Association resolution that would have required Catholic hospitals that take federal money to provide sterilizations and other reproductive health services (“Matters of principle,” June 19, p. 6), you can be sure he did not present the viewpoint of many American Catholic women. A recent […]

Frances Kissling

New York Times Priests and Abortion

  To the Editor: Re “Priests’ Group to Focus on Abortion in Campaign” (news article, July 18): Perhaps one of the most interesting facts about Priests for Life is that it has so few members among the country’s Catholic priests. After nine years of organizing, the group has attracted only 6,000 of the nation’s almost […]

Frances Kissling

BELIEFNET Pro-Choice and Pro-Church

  Why I choose to fight for abortion rights from within the Catholic church-and why I’m not worried about excommunication threats. I’ve always been intrigued–and a bit amused–by conservative lay Catholics who periodically call for my excommunication or that of other Catholics who believe that abortion should be legal. Sometimes when I give a speech, […]

Frances Kissling

National Catholic Reporter Moral Agents

  I am sure that Demetria Martinez is well intentioned when she calls on the pro-life movement to advocate against “various forms of violence perpetrated against the unborn” (“Violence against women — a cause for pro-life activists,” April 21). The desire to find common ground among those along the spectrum of views from pro-choice to […]

Frances Kissling

National Catholic Reporter Misguided Teachings

I am concerned with Teresa Malcolm’s closing remark that “Abortion is illegal in Bolivia” (“Bolivian judge may face excommunication,” NCR, March 31). Readers might think that the judge’s legally sound decision to permit an abortion for the 12-year-old girl who was raped by her stepfather was inappropriate. While abortion is illegal in most circumstances in Bolivia, […]

Serra Sippel

Religion News Service Is God a Republican?

Ever since Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush made his blundering trip to Bob Jones University, a bastion of anti-Catholic bias, Republicans have been falling all over themselves trying to prove their Catholic bona fides. In one of the most visible attempts to regain lost ground on the Catholic front, House Speaker Dennis Hastert reversed […]

Frances Kissling

AMERICA Free to Agree

James Martin, S.J., notes in his article “The Last Acceptable Prejudice?” (3/25) that “Catholics for a Free Choice…can be counted on to disagree with the church on almost any topic.” Not true. C.F.F.C. has agreed with the church that population control is immoral and is not the solution to environmental degradation or poverty; we disagreed […]

Frances Kissling

Choices ‘See Change’ Campaign Gathers Support; Irks Vatican

The Vatican’s attempts to obstruct general agreement on matters relating to reproductive health and choices have led to a campaign to change its privileged status at the UN, a campaign which is rapidly gaining strength. Senior Vatican spokesmen have been forced to respond to the ‘See Change’ campaign that aims to change the status of […]

The New York Times Violence Against Women

To the Editor: The readiness of some secular feminist leaders to absolve the world’s religions of responsibility for extreme violence against women is painful (“Unicef Is Fighting Violence Against Women,” news article, March 9). The problem with the sacred books and teachings of the world’s religions is that they include both texts supporting women’s dignity […]

Frances Kissling

Seattle Times Swedish Selling out Women in Seattle Hospital Deal

A March 1 news article reported on the elimination of abortion services at Swedish Hospital as a condition of joining forces with Providence Health System, a Catholic-run hospital (“Swedish will drop elective abortions to seal deal”). It noted that Swedish Hospital performs fewer than 50 abortions per year. Most likely, those abortions are for women […]

Frances Kissling
Catholics for Choice