Letters & Op-Eds - 2006

Baltimore Sun Ban on contraception antiquated, dangerous

When the archbishop of Kampala, Uganda, Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, told the BBC Panorama documentary Sex and the City that it was preferable to die than to use a condom, many suddenly realized the depth of the Catholic hierarchy’s opposition to the use of condoms. When it became clear that he was referring to a woman […]

Frances Kissling

Salon Should Abortion Be Prevented?

If abortion is a morally neutral act and does not endanger women’s health, why bother to prevent the need for it? After all, the cost of a first-trimester abortion is comparable to the cost of a year’s supply of birth control pills — and abortion has fewer complications and less medical risk for women than […]

Frances Kissling

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Should Vatican alter condom stance?: Yes

If recent reports are true, and we do see a modest change in official Catholic opposition to the use of condoms to prevent the spread of AIDS, it would be a lifesaver. UNAIDS, the United Nations program on the disease, reports that there are more than 40 million people worldwide living with HIV. And the […]

Frances Kissling

The Nation Looking for Salvation in All the Wrong Places

The overwhelming power of conservative Christians in the current Administration is deeply disturbing. But equally disturbing is the call that has gone out to what is now called “progressive religion” to counter the conservative Christian view of what God wants with a different list of God’s desires. The loudest call has come from the Democratic […]

Frances Kissling

Washington Post Catholic Barriers to Plan B

According to William Saletan [“The Birds and the Plan B’s,” Outlook, April 2], the attitudes of Catholic hospitals toward emergency contraception (EC) are far from liberal. The majority refuse to provide emergency conception at all, even to women who have been raped. Even among those that do, many place unnecessary barriers in the way; if […]

Frances Kissling

Hartford Courant Does Church Doctrine Trump Rape Victims’ Needs? Frances Kissling

A bill before the Connecticut General Assembly requiring hospitals, including four Catholic ones, to provide emergency contraception to sexual assault survivors is heatedly opposed by local Catholic bishops and the Catholic hospitals. They want an exemption permitting hospitals to deny emergency contraception to women who have been raped, because such contraception might induce what they […]

Frances Kissling

Bridging the Abortion Divide

This past week, 55 Catholic Democrats in Congress issued an unprecedented statement of principles. Never before have they worn their religion so openly on their sleeves. Unlike evangelicals, Catholics have tended to downplay their religious affiliation. Perhaps it’s a function of the memory of the anti-Catholic bias John F. Kennedy faced; perhaps it stems from a […]

Frances Kissling

Slate.com Is Abortion Bad? A Response from Catholics for a Free Choice

Having followed with great interest the dialogue between Katha and Will and the responses in the “fray,” many things surprise me. I think this discussion embodies the core tensions within prochoice circles at this time. The fact that not a single leader of the movement has entered the dialogue is disturbing. Consider this a plea […]

Frances Kissling
Catholics for Choice