Press Releases - 2000

Catholics Challenge Church Hierarchy’s Position on Use of Condoms

Campaign Urges World Leaders to Support Full HIV/AIDS Prevention Programs  Washington, DC—Catholics for a Free Choice has called on progressive Catholics around the globe to make their voices heard on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2000.  According to the latest estimates from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization […]

CFFC Challenges Bishops’ Closed-Door Policy on Healthcare; Criticizes Decision not to Discuss Vatican Call for New Policy on Sterilization Openly at NCCB Meeting

Washington, DC–Catholics for a Free Choice President Frances Kissling today criticized the decision by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) to remove a discussion about proposed changes to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services from the agenda of its annual meeting. Under pressure from the Vatican, the NCCB had proposed a series […]

Catholics for a Free Choice Supports Demands of Gay and Lesbian Catholics

Washington, DC—Catholics for a Free Choice today expressed its support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Catholics protesting against discrimination in the Catholic church.  CFFC joins Dignity—a group of gay and lesbian Catholics—and the interfaith movement Soulforce at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception where they will protest during the National Conference of Catholic […]

Archbishop Mounts Bully Pulpit, But Who’s Listening?

Survey shows most Catholics oppose politicking by church leaders New York—Archbishop Edward Egan, in a letter read to parishioners before masses last weekend, made sweeping statements that failed to take into account the unique diversity of Catholic voters.  By calling on parishioners to vote in favor of candidates who “share our commitment to fundamental rights […]

If You Want to Win Catholic Voters, Don’t Rely on the Bishops

New Poll Challenges Conventional Wisdom that Social Messages Determine the Catholic Vote Washington, DC—A new poll refutes a general misconception about what some have called the biggest swing vote in American politics—Catholic voters. There is a prevailing myth that Catholics vote primarily on social issues such as abortion and that they are influenced by the […]

Catholics Call for Equality Among Religions at the UN

“There is a need to change the status of the Vatican at the UN,” says Catholic leader. Washington, DC—“The Catholic church is complicit in interfering with women’s reproductive rights around the world,” is the central tenet of the address by a representative of The “See Change” Campaign to the World March for Women. Bishops in […]

Catholics for a Free Choice Welcomes UN Agency’s Focus on Women’s Health and Equality

Washington, DC–On the launch of the United Nations Population Fund’s The State of World Population 2000, Catholics for a Free Choice welcomes UNFPA and the UN Foundation for their focus and dedication to expanding women’s rights and illustrating the role sex discrimination plays in women’s poverty and oppression around the world.  By bringing this disparity to the […]

Catholic HMOs Provide Contraception, Tubal Ligations, But Fall Short on Reproductive Healthcare

Washington, DC–The first ever survey of the nation’s Catholic HMOs, conducted by Catholics for a Free Choice, has found that despite protestations by many Catholic hospitals and employers that it would violate church teaching to provide coverage for contraceptive services, many Catholic managed care plans cover contraception and other reproductive health services.  A total of 25 […]

Statement of Frances Kissling, president of Catholics for a Free Choice on the Health Insurance Coverage for Contraceptives Act of 2000

Washington, DC– Catholics for a Free Choice welcomes the decision of the House Appropriations Committee to leave the task of crafting an exemption to providing insurance coverage for contraceptives to the D.C. City Council. In order to protect the consciences of the vast majority of the District’s women and men who value responsible parenthood, we call […]

Catholics for a Free Choice Meets with Abortion Reform Committee

Supports abortion laws that respect women as moral decision-makers Dublin, Ireland—Following the submission of a written report to the committee, a delegation of the leadership of the international organization Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC) had the opportunity to meet with the All-Party Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution. The committee is hearing testimony as it […]

Statement of Frances Kissling, president of Catholics for A Free Choice, on the introduction of congressional resolutions regarding the “See Change” Campaign

Several Republican members of Congress (Sens. Rick Santorum and Bob Smith and Rep. Chris Smith) have introduced a resolution condemning The “See Change” Campaign and objecting to any effort to expel the Holy See from the UN.  It should come as no surprise that Republican members of Congress should attempt to assuage the current charges […]

Statement of Support by Catholics for a Free Choice For Resolution 218 “Access to Comprehensive Reproductive Healthcare”

Catholics for a Free Choice supports Resolution 218, “Access to Comprehensive Reproductive Healthcare,” currently being considered by a committee of the American Medical Association. Catholic hospitals are major providers of healthcare services and as such should not be allowed to deny legal reproductive health services when in a doctor’s judgement they are appropriate.  According to […]

The “See Change” Campaign Makes Waves at Beijing +5

Dialogue Opened About Status of Holy See at UN, Says Catholic Leader United Nations, New York–The “See Change” Campaign to initiate a review of the Holy See’s special “state” status at the United Nations has already achieved one of its main objectives, according to Frances Kissling, president of Catholics for a Free Choice, which initiated […]

Asociación Madres de Plaza de Mayo endorses The “See Change” Campaign

Washington, DC—The internationally renowned Argentinean human rights group Asociación Madres de Plaza de Mayo (Mothers of the Disappeared) has endorsed The “See Change” Campaign. Asociación Madres de Plaza de Mayo was established in the late 1970s by a group of mothers whose daughters and sons were kidnapped by military death squads and who literally “disappeared” […]

National Survey Finds Women Oppose Religious Control of Reproductive Health Services

American women expect hospitals, pharmacies and health plans to put women’s rights to reproductive healthcare above the religious tenets of providers.  Washington, DC— A new study finds that American women want and expect a wide range of health services to be available to them, regardless of the religious affiliation of the hospitals, pharmacies or insurance […]

Catholic Bishops Called on to Repudiate Republican Claim that GOP Positions are “Closest” to Catholic Church’s

CFFC Says Claim is Inappropriate and Inaccurate Washington, DC—Frances Kissling, president of Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC), today called upon Bishop Joseph A. Fiorenza, president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic Conference, to repudiate a claim made by the Republican National Committee’s Catholic Task Force that the Republican Party’s positions are […]

Statement of Frances Kissling on the Catholic Bishops’ Abortion Reconciliation Campaign

Washington, DC–In response to a new, nationwide ad campaign designed by the nation’s Catholic bishops to reconcile women who have had abortions with the church, Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC) offers the bishops advice in the form of the following statement by CFFC President Frances Kissling: Whenever the Catholic bishops choose a pastoral approach […]

Vatican Claims to Support Women’s Rights Overstated, New Report Charges Shadow Report Documents that the Church Acts to Limit Women’s Human Rights

(New York) A new shadow report details actions by the Holy See that limit women’s human rights in the Catholic church and in society.  Shadow reports are compiled by non-governmental organizations on the progress of various nations in implementing the Platform for Action developed at the Fourth World Conference on Women, which outlined specific goals for […]

Catholics for Choice