Press Releases - 2003

Good Catholics Use Condoms: New Challenge to Vatican’s Misinformation on Condom Effectiveness Starts World AIDS Day 2003 with Condoms4Life International Media Campaign

New Challenge to Vatican’s Misinformation on Condom Effectiveness Starts World AIDS Day 2003 with Condoms4Life International Media Campaign Washington, DC—“Good Catholics Use Condoms” is the message of a new global public education effort to counter Vatican misinformation on condoms, beginning December 1, 2003, World AIDS Day. The campaign, a new phase in the Condoms4Life campaign, […]

US Policy on Family Planning in China is Misguided

Interfaith Delegation Finds UNFPA a Positive Force in China; Delegation Calls on President Bush to Support Funding of UN Agency New evidence based on first-hand observations in China prove UN agency plays critical role in promoting voluntary, high quality reproductive health care for Chinese   New York — Nine religious and faith-based organization leaders and […]

Report Reveals Vatican Efforts to Expand Power in European Union

EU constitution, health policies and funding are all targets for Vatican lobby opposing sexual and reproductive health and rights Washington, DC–A report released today by Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC) reveals the goals and methods of a well funded and orchestrated campaign by the V atican and conservative Catholic allies to undermine the European […]

“Stop the Climate of Polarization,” Says Catholic Leader

Washington, DC—The following statement by Frances Kissling, president of Catholics for a Free Choice, is on the nomination of Alabama Attorney General William Pryor to the Eleventh US Circuit Court of Appeals. “Today we conveyed our concern to those members of the Judiciary Committee who have claimed that opposition to Mr. Pryor’s nomination constitutes de […]

“There’s More to Fighting AIDS than ABC,” says Catholic Magazine

Exporting Bush’s Puritanism to Africa May Scare Away Those Who Need Help the Most. Washington, DC–The latest issue of Conscience magazine highlights how America is exporting its own version of the ABC campaign (Abstain, Be faithful, use Condoms) to fight AIDS in Africa but could end up hurting those it’s designed to help, especially as […]

Bush’s War on Women Joined by a Congressional Coalition of the Cruel

The following statement by Frances Kissling, president of Catholics for a Free Choice, is in response to the 216-211 vote today in the U.S. Congress denying funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). “Is there anyone remaining in America—other than the ultra conservative right wing and the nation’s 300 Roman Catholic bishops and George […]

Michigan Rape Survivors Denied Emergency Contraception at Catholic Hospitals

CFFC study finds other reproductive services restricted A comprehensive study of reproductive health care in Catholic institutions in Michigan by Catholics for a Free Choice released today shows that more than half of Catholic hospital emergency rooms do not provide emergency contraception (EC) to rape survivors. Other reproductive health services are also limited at health […]

Illinois Rape Survivors Denied Emergency Contraception at Catholic Hospitals

CFFC study finds other reproductive services restricted A comprehensive study of reproductive healthcare in Catholic institutions in Illinois by Catholics for a Free Choice released today shows that nearly half of Catholic hospital emergency rooms — 44 percent — do not provide emergency contraception (EC) to rape survivors. Other reproductive health services are also limited […]

Catholics Join Coalition of 35 European NGOs in Appeal to Convention Not to Give Religion Unfair Influence in Constitutional Treaty

(Versailles, France)–Today, representatives of religious, environmentalist, humanist, and reproductive rights groups, together with professional non-governmental organizations from throughout Europe announced a joint effort to make sure religion is not granted privileged status in the European Union by calling on members of the European Convention to reject Article 37 from the pending draft of the European […]

Catholics for a Free Choice Kicks Off See Change Campaign in France

Catholics for a Free Choice Wednesday kicked off its “See Change” Campaign in France to initiate a review of the Holy See’s special “state” status at the United Nations. Catholics for a Free Choice President Frances Kissling was joined by a number of French colleagues, including Françoise Laurant, president of Movement Français de Planification Familiale. […]

Women in New York don’t always get healthcare options they deserve, Catholics for a Free Choice study concludes

A comprehensive study of reproductive healthcare in Catholic health agencies in New York by Catholics for a Free Choice released today shows many Catholic hospital emergency rooms out of compliance with state health department protocols in the provision of emergency contraception. Today’s study highlighted information from a study by Ibis Reproductive Health that surveyed 597 […]

Catholics for a Free Choice says Vatican Document Defies History and Science

Catholics for a Free Choice today said a new Vatican lexicon is reminiscent of an era in which the Catholic church fought against advances in science. The lexicon, prepared by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family, covers topics such as sexuality, condoms, abortion, birth control and genetic manipulation. “Early reports regarding the contents of […]

World Community Speaks out against the Global Gag Rule

More than 275 public health advocates from throughout the world oppose Bush administration plan to deny family planning organizations global HIV/AIDS assistance Today, more than 275 leading parliamentarians, public health practitioners, and religious leaders from every region of the world sent a letter to President George W. Bush opposing the expansion of the global gag […]

Women’s Rights and Religious Leaders Urge President of Poland to Reform Abortion Laws

International coalition letter supporting Polish women is unprecedented More than 150 leaders from 46 countries from every region of the world today expressed their concerns in a letter to the president of Poland over his recent statements that indicate he is unlikely to consider reform of the country’s current ban on most legal abortions. The […]

Catholic Voices Join African Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Rights Conference

Panel of women Catholic leaders to address African women’s reproductive health issues A delegation of Catholic women from Africa, Latin America and the United States will lead a ground-breaking discussion on “Christianity and Women’s Rights.” The panel will explore the way the Catholic church obstructs women’s reproductive rights in the Global South. The panel is part […]

World Meeting of Families Doesn’t Address Real Family Needs

Church positions on health and reproductive issues undermine family, reform Catholics say Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC) has joined efforts with women and health advocacy groups in the Philippines during the Fourth World Meeting of Families, being held in Manila today through Sunday, to denounce the meeting for not adequately addressing the needs of poor […]

Vatican Guidelines for Catholic Politicians Likely to Fall on Deaf Ears

Doctrinal Note lacks sufficient respect for diversity of views on key moral questions The Vatican attempt to force Catholic lawmakers to set public policy according to its guidelines is unlikely to be successful, said Frances Kissling, president of Catholics for a Free Choice. “While the insights of official leaders of the Roman Catholic church on […]

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