Press Releases - 2001

Women’s Health Advocates Call on U.S. Bishops to End Sterilization Ban at Catholic-Controlled Hospitals

Bishops’ health care directives depriving poor women of most commonly used form of contraception, especially at non-Catholic hospitals merged with Catholic hospitals.  Washington, DC—A coalition of leading women’s health care advocates called today for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to revise their Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (Directives) and end […]

New Religious Power in Washington—The Catholic Right

From Stem Cell Research to the President’s Faith-Based Initiative, A New Report Examines the Influence of Conservative Catholics and Catholic Bishops on White House Policy WASHINGTON, DC—Catholics are in fashion in Washington, according to a special report released today by Catholics for a Free Choice. The report sheds light on the high-powered presence of conservative […]

Pope Lobbies Bush Not to Fund Stem Cell Research

New Report Examines Influence of Conservative Catholics and Catholic Bishops on White House Policy  The pope’s appeal to President Bush that the United States not provide federal funding for stem cell research was the latest evidence of the high-profile presence of conservative Catholics within Bush’s inner circle and the Republican Party’s eager courting of the […]

Prochoice Catholics Applaud Court Victory on Access to Contraception

 Call decision an answer to women’s prayers Washington, DC—Catholics for a Free Choice President Frances Kissling issued the following statement today: In an opinion published today, the California Court of Appeals unanimously rejected Catholic Charities of Sacramento’s constitutional challenge to the Women’s Contraceptive Equity Act. This decision is an answer to our prayers. Had Catholic […]

U.S. BISHOPS BAN STERILIZATION AT ALL CATHOLIC-CONTROLLED HOSPITALS

Vote on new healthcare directives to reduce reproductive health services for women in half of the largest healthcare systems in the U.S Atlanta, GA–The following statement by Frances Kissling, president of Catholics for a Free Choice, is in response to the vote taken today by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) to revise their Ethical […]

Prochoice Catholics Repudiate Conservative Catholic Attack on Dolores Cross

Call on Ray Flynn, former US Ambassador to the UN, to Apologize Catholics for a Free Choice President Frances Kissling issued the following statement today:  As prochoice Catholics, we are shocked at the intolerance and insensitivity shown by former UN Ambassador and current President of the Catholic Alliance Ray Flynn in his attack on Seton […]

Catholic Groups Urge Congress to Overturn Global Gag Rule

Say Policy “Lacking in Compassion” WASHINGTON, DC—Messages from several progressive Catholic leaders are being sent to Members of Congress, stressing that Catholics support international family planning initiatives and oppose the “global gag rule,” which would weaken U.S. commitment to family planning options.  Five of the organizations—Catholics Speak Out, Dignity/USA, National Coalition of American Nuns, Women-Church […]

Catholic Leader says Bush’s Overtures to US Bishops Increase Threat to Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom Key in Support for Legal Abortion Washington, DC—Catholics for a Free Choice President Frances Kissling, speaking this Sunday at the Emergency Action for Women’s Lives protest march in the nation’s capital, will say that the most serious threat to legal abortion and to all reproductive choice is the continuing political opposition from the […]

Catholic Leader says Bush’s Overtures to US Bishops Increase Threat to Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom Key in Support for Legal Abortion Washington, DC—Catholics for a Free Choice President Frances Kissling, speaking this Sunday at the Emergency Action for Women’s Lives protest march in the nation’s capital, will say that the most serious threat to legal abortion and to all reproductive choice is the continuing political opposition from the […]

Catholic Leader Calls For Evaluation of Cardinal Egan’s Position

Washington, DC–Catholics for a Free Choice President Frances Kissling yesterday welcomed the participation of Cardinal Egan in the political process surrounding pending legislation in New York state that would require health plans to provide contraceptive coverage in prescription benefit plans.  At the same time, she called for state legislators to evaluate the cardinal’s policy positions […]

New Report Documents Conservative Catholic Mayhem at UN

Cites claim by Catholic lobbyist that Holy See delegate made offensive remark about Hillary Clinton. Washington, DC–A new report from Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC) released today uncovers shocking remarks made by Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, regarding then-First Lady Hillary Clinton.  The report, “Bad Faith at the […]

Catholic Lay Groups Support Contraception Equity Act in Court

Amici brief refutes claims made by Catholic Charities of Sacramento Sacramento, CA—A coalition of progressive Catholic groups has filed an amici curiae brief in Sacramento County challenging a lawsuit by Catholic Charities of Sacramento, Inc. filed against The California Women’s Contraception Equity Act.  The brief maintains that Catholic Charities does not qualify for exemption as a religious […]

US NGO Leaders Praise EU Action on Bush “Global Gag Rule”

Decry ethical and constitutional lapses in US policy Washington, DC—Leading nongovernmental organizations in the United States today sent a letter to European Union Development Commissioner Poul Nielson, praising his suggestion that the European Union would make up the shortfall in international family planning funding caused by President George Bush’s implementation of the “global gag rule.”  […]

Statement of Catholics for a Free Choice President Frances Kissling in Response to President Bush’s Reinstatement of the “Global Gag Rule”

Recent executive memorandum endangers women’s health Washington, DC—It is sad that the first major policy action of President Bush, who calls himself a “compassionate conservative,” is restricting family planning funds that are much needed to save women’s lives.  Known as the “Global Gag Rule,” this restriction cuts off funding for groups that provide comprehensive reproductive […]

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