Press Releases - 2004

Religious Leaders and International Family Planning Community Address Human Rights Abuse in China’s Family Planning Program

Leaders of religious groups and reproductive rights and advocacy organizations send letter to President Hu Jintao asking for governmental review in case of Mao Hengfeng and to eliminate coercive measures in family planning. WASHINGTON, DC— Today leaders from more than 40 major religious and family planning organizations from around the world submitted a letter to […]

New Federal Refusal Clause Denies Women the Freedom to Exercise Their Conscience

President’s signing of Appropriations Bill measure permits institutions to discriminate and violates the religious freedom of patients WASHINGTON, DC— President Bush’s decision to sign into law a bill that would limit the right of conscience of women seeking safe and legal abortion services is a disturbing breach of religious freedom, not a measure of non-discrimination. […]

Catholics for a Free Choice Files IRS Complaint Against Archdiocese of St. Louis

St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke violates election law with consistent and rigid instruction to voters. Statement of Frances Kissling, President, Catholics for a Free Choice Washington, DC—One week before the United States presidential election, Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC) has filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service against the Archdiocese of St. Louis, […]

MEPs Should Reject Buttiglione

Rocco Buttiglione admits inability to carry out responsibilities of proposed appointment as Commissioner for Freedom, Security and Justice. FRANCE—Rocco Buttiglione, the controversial Italian nominee for Commissioner for Freedom, Security and Justice at the European Parliament, issued a public “mea culpa” last week in which he promised “to be exonerated from the execution of a particular […]

Catholics for a Free Choice Files IRS Complaint Against Denver Archdiocese

Denver’s Archbishop Charles Chaput violates election law with repeated efforts to direct voters toward Bush vote. Statement of Frances Kissling, President, Catholics for a Free Choice Washington, DC—With eight days remaining until Americans will choose their next president, Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC) has filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service against the […]

European Catholics Oppose Appointment of Rocco Buttiglione

More than 140 prominent Catholics and Catholic organisations speak out against Buttiglione’s proposed appointment as Commissioner for Freedom, Security and Justice. FRANCE—Today more than 140 prominent Catholic leaders and organisations submitted a letter to European Parliament president Josep Borrell Fontelles in protest against the appointment of Rocco Buttiglione as Commissioner for Freedom, Security and Justice. […]

Powerful New Film Looks Behind Slogans and Faceless Statistics on Abortion to Illustrate What is Really at Stake

Vera Drake takes a square look at abortion access with urgency and humanity. WASHINGTON DC—On Tuesday, October 19, Catholics for a Free Choice and other organizations that support women’s reproductive health choices sponsored a special advance screening of writer/director Mike Leigh’s award-winning new film about back-alley abortion, Vera Drake. Shown to acclaim at both the Venice […]

Memorandum: US Mission Sponsors Biased Panel on Maternal Mortality

TO: Members of the Press FROM: Frances Kissling, Catholics for a Free Choice DATE: October 18, 2004 RE: US Mission Sponsors Biased Panel on Maternal Mortality On Tuesday, October 19, 2004, the United States’ Permanent Mission to the United Nations will sponsor a panel discussion at UN headquarters in New York: “Maternal Mortality: Effective Strategies for Increasing Maternal and […]

Catholics for a Free Choice Files IRS Complaint Against Priests for Life

Antichoice organization misleads public with claims of nonpartisan voter education efforts as it attempts to influence election outcome. Statement of Frances Kissling, President, Catholics for a Free Choice Washington, DC—As the 2004 election draws near, certain charitable organizations are flouting their tax exempt status in their attempts to influence the outcome.  Groups such as Catholic […]

Catholics for a Free Choice Files IRS Complaint Against Culture of Life Foundation

Antichoice organization violates election law with blatant attacks on candidate Statement of Frances Kissling, President, Catholics for a Free Choice Washington, DC—Can a tax-exempt organization flagrantly disregard the prohibitions on its 501(c)(3) status and publicly target a candidate for higher office for defeat? Today, Catholics for a Free Choice filed a complaint with the Internal […]

House of Representatives Undermines Women’s Health

Vote to allow health care institutions to refuse to provide reproductive health care violates ethical norms WASHINGTON DC—Women’s rights activists have repeatedly warned that reproductive rights are under attack, and last night the House of Representatives approved a measure that will put women at serious risk. The US House of Representatives voted last night to […]

Vatican Not a Credible Source on Women

As Vatican prepares to release statement on feminism, CFFC questions its exclusion of women from leadership in church WASHINGTON, DC—A new Vatican document on women to be released on Saturday, July 31, is unlikely to position the Vatican as a credible or objective source of information, analysis, or support for women’s rights. “Letter to the Bishops […]

Catholics for a Free Choice Calls on President and Congress to Fund Family Planning

President urged to honor promise to use UNFPA funds for family planning; encouraged to fight sex trafficking with alternate source of funding Statement of Frances Kissling, President, Catholics for a Free Choice WASHINGTON, DC—We are deeply disappointed that the Bush administration has once again denied family planning funds to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), […]

People of Faith Join Catholics Worldwide to Thank Cardinal Danneels for Supporting Condoms for HIV/AIDS Prevention

As the XV International AIDS Conference in Bangkok confronts dangerous strategies to discourage condom use, Catholics send thanks to Cardinal Danneels and ask him to urge other bishops to follow his lead WASHINGTON, DC—Belgium’s Cardinal Godfried Danneels inspired more than 200 Catholics, religious people and organizations to send a letter of thanks today acknowledging his […]

Is There a Catholic Vote? Findings of a New Poll Commissioned by Catholics for a Free Choice

Major new poll demonstrates Catholics most concerned about peace, security and economic stability; show less concern about cultural issues Washington, DC—Catholics for a Free Choice ( CFFC) released a major new poll today indicating that litmus test issues for the US bishops have little influence on the concerns of most Catholics in this political season. […]

Catholic Voters Support Legal Abortion

A new poll from Catholics for a Free Choice reveals majority of Catholics are prochoice; Abortion not expected to have major impact on the election WASHINGTON , DC —Catholic voters are aligned with the rest of the nation on the issue of abortion. The majority of Catholics voters are more likely to call themselves “prochoice” […]

Opposition to Bishops’ Politicking Pervasive Among Catholics

A new poll from Catholics for a Free Choice reveals Catholics are united against the Catholic bishops’ political actions. WASHINGTON , DC —In a year when the bishops have launched an unprecedented foray into the political arena, a new poll demonstrates that the vast majority of Catholics (83%) say they DO NOT believe that politicians […]

Catholics Support Stem Cell Research

New poll from Catholics for a Free Choice demonstrates that Catholic voters overwhelmingly support stem cell research WASHINGTON , DC— With the recent death of former president Ronald Reagan from Alzheimer’s and the upcoming California ballot initiative on stem cell research, it is likely that this controversial subject will continue to be an issue during […]

Bush’s Hispanic Problem

A new poll from Catholics for a Free Choice shows more Hispanic Catholic support for John Kerry WASHINGTON , DC —If one considers how Hispanic Catholics view the war and election issues ranging from taxes to abortion to stem cell research, it is clear that President Bush has a Hispanic problem. Hispanic Catholics are more […]

US Catholics Split on Presidential Race

With 40% for Bush and 40% for Kerry, a new poll from Catholics for a Free Choice shows confidence in the president to resolve war in Iraq drives Catholic vote WASHINGTON , DC—The most important factor in the upcoming election in determining how Catholics will vote is their confidence in President Bush’s ability to resolve […]

Major New Poll Shows US Catholics Overwhelmingly Reject Bishops’ Effort to Control Catholic Voters and Candidates

WASHINGTON, DC—As US Catholic bishops meet in Denver under pressure to craft a definitive policy on communion for prochoice Catholic candidates and parishioners, a major new poll demonstrates that Catholics overwhelmingly reject the high-risk gambit of a handful of bishops to politicize the sacraments. The poll is the largest and most statistically significant poll available […]

Statement of Frances Kissling on the Canonization of Gianna Beretta Molla

WASHINGTON, DC—Frances Kissling, president of Catholics for a Free Choice, released the following statement earlier today: In 1962, Italian pediatrician Gianna Beretta Molla died just one week after giving birth to her fourth child. She was 39. Doctors had informed her of the dangers of proceeding with the pregnancy because she had a large uterine […]

FDA Decision Increases Catholic Women’s Risk of Unintended Pregnancy

WASHINGTON, DC—“We are alarmed by the FDA’s willingness to put women, especially Catholic women, at increased risk of unintended pregnancy,” said Frances Kissling, president of Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC), at a joint press conference today. CFFC joined prochoice members of Congress and other organizations concerned about women’s health to decry the FDA’s refusal […]

Women Have the Moral Capacity to Make Their Own Choices

Statement of Frances Kissling, President, Catholics for a Free Choice WASHINGTON, DC—We stand here hundreds of thousands strong, and we know that for each of us, there are countless people around the world who join us in spirit. We stand here and demonstrate to the Bush administration, the US Congress, and the world that millions […]

Protest at Vatican Embassy Calls Attention to Catholic Hierarchy’s Anti-Women Policies

Catholics for a Free Choice leads chorus of worldwide voices in suport of abortion rights, family planning and condom use to prevent HIV WASHINGTON, DC—Hundreds of protesters from countries around the world, including Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and the US, gathered outside the Vatican Embassy in Washington, DC today wearing T-shirts and […]

Catholic Hierarchy and Political Fundamentalism Harm Women, Families Worldwide

Statement of Frances Kissling, President, Catholics for a Free Choice, Global Abortion Politics Press Conference of International Nongovernmental Organizations, National Press Club, April 23, 9:30 am WASHINGTON, DC—Much has changed since the 1992 March for Women’s Lives. This past decade, we have seen a steep increase in the threat to women’s reproductive health in the […]

Catholics in Bolivia, Colombia and Mexico Respect Church but Reject Its Positions on Many Critical Issues, New Survey Reveals

First comprehensive three-country polling exposes “a silent revolution” among Catholics who want the church to help the poor but reject its intrusions into politics and bans on contraception and condoms. SANTIAGO, CHILE—results of the first comprehensive polling of Catholics in Bolivia, Colombia and Mexico were released today showing that Catholics in these countries see a […]

Debating Sexual Health and Rights in Latin America

New Billboard in Santiago Promotes Use of Condoms to Prevent Spread of HIV/AIDS SANTIAGO, CHILE—A startling message will greet government delegates from Latin America and the Caribbean gathering in Santiago this week. As they drive from the airport, a massive billboard promoting the use of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS will fill the […]

Catholics for a Free Choice Applauds the California Supreme Court’s Decision to Uphold Women’s Access to Contraceptive Services

WASHIONGTON, DC—Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC) welcomes today’s ruling in the California case Catholic Charities v. Superior Court as an important step in acknowledging women’s right to equal access to the healthcare services they need. The California Supreme Court today issued a 6 to 1 decision in support of the constitutionality of the California Contraceptive Equity […]

Good Catholics Use Condoms

New Phase of Condoms4Life Campaign Reaches Out to Gay Catholics WASHINGTON, DC—A new global public education effort that is countering Vatican misinformation on condoms and seeking to end the Catholic bishops’ ban on condoms is now reaching out to gay Catholics. Using the message, “Good Catholics Use Condoms,” the latest phase of the Condoms4Life campaign features provocative […]

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