Press Releases - 2006

South Dakotans Speak–“It’s Time to End the Abortion Wars”

Frances Kissling, president of Catholics for a Free Choice, issued the following statement this morning on the South Dakota abortion referendum. Washington, DC – South Dakotans spoke their mind clearly yesterday and rejected efforts to outlaw all abortions in the state. A narrow provision that would permit abortions only when a pregnant woman’s life was […]

From Rhetoric to Reason: Ending the Abortion Wars

Catholics for a Free Choice Launches National Campaign Aimed at Preventing, Not Prohibiting, Abortions Washington, DC– While abortion remains a divisive political issue, polls show that most Americans support legal abortion. Many also want to see the abortion rate reduced through preventing the need for abortion, not prohibiting it entirely. Prochoice groups have long led […]

Statement of CFFC President Frances Kissling on New York Court of Appeals Decision to Preserve Contraceptive Equity, Hold Religious Employers Accountable to the Law

Washington, DC–Catholics for a Free Choice welcomes the New York Court of Appeals unanimous decision in Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany v. Gregory V. Serio upholding the Women’s Health and Wellness Act and ensuring contraceptive equity for all New Yorkers. Regardless of their religious affiliation, nonprofit organizations should be held to the same standards as […]

Same Story, Different Name: CFFC Files Complaint with IRS as Catholic Answers Continues to Intervene in Elections and Ignore IRS Regulations

CFFC Files Complaint with IRS as Catholic Answers Continues to Intervene in Elections and Ignore IRS Regulations Washington, DC—In spite of an IRS investigation into its electoral activity, Catholic Answers is continuing to ignore federal rules governing political activity by nonprofits.  Worse, along with its newly minted clone, Catholic Answers Action, the two groups are […]

CFFC President Frances Kissling Issues Statement About the “Reducing Need for Abortions and Supporting Parents Act”

Washington, DC—“As Catholics committed to ensuring that women have the right to full reproductive choices, which includes access to a full range of family planning options, access to abortion services and access to complete care during pregnancy and childbirth, we welcome the introduction of the “Reducing the Need for Abortions and Supporting Parents Act.” “The […]

Operation Rescue West Loses Tax-Exempt Status

IRS acts against egregious violations by antichoice group   WASHINGTON — On September 11, 2006, the IRS announced that it had revoked the nonprofit 501(c)(3) status of Youth Ministries, Inc., which did business as Operation Rescue West (ORW). While the IRS does not provide information on the circumstances that lead to revocations of any group’s tax-exempt […]

China’s President Called on to Release Barefoot Lawyer Who Opposed Coercive Abortions

Advocates around the world criticize treatment of Chen Guangcheng, seek investigation and redress for human rights violations. BEIJING—Today more than 100 leaders in the fields of human rights, bioethics, reproductive health and religion from more than 30 countries and six continents submitted a letter to Chinese President Hu Jintao to protest the treatment and trial […]

Participants at International AIDS Conference to Ask Pope Benedict XVI to Lift Ban on Condoms

Condoms4Life Campaign Urges Vatican to Promote Culture of Life TORONTO—As tens of thousands of activists, providers and concerned individuals gather for the XVI International AIDS Conference, the Condoms4Life campaign ( is spearheading an initiative to encourage the Vatican to drop its ban on condoms and join others in the active prevention of the spread of HIV/AIDS throughout […]

Condoms4Life Campaign Asks Vatican to Lift the Ban on Condoms as Matter of Justice

Statement of Frances Kissling, President, Catholics for a Free Choice   WASHINGTON DC—As we mark the one year anniversary of Benedict XVI’s papacy, the Vatican has floated a welcome trial balloon suggesting that it will revisit its ban on condoms to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. Last week, the Condoms4Life campaign welcomed the news that another prominent […]

Frances Kissling Named to East Coast Advisory Board of Women’s Bioethics Project

Statement of Frances Kissling, president of Catholics for a Free Choice WASHINGTON DC—The Women’s Bioethics Project is an important element in achieving attention for women’s health and well being as the field of biotechnology develops. The early lack of attention to women in health research has been substantially corrected in medical and health sciences.  It is critical […]

Good Catholics Use Condoms: On St. Valentine’s Day, Condoms4Life Says a Culture of Life Means Caring for One Another

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON DC—On St. Valentine’s Day, the Condoms4Life campaign will launch the newest phase of its campaign to encourage responsible sexuality and to raise awareness about the Vatican’s ban on condoms. On 14 February 2006, giant ads and posters proclaiming “We believe in God. We believe sex is sacred.  We believe in protecting each other. We believe […]

Catholics Hospitals Skirting the Law on Providing EC to Rape Victims

New study by Catholics for a Free Choice reveals that women’s best options are not Catholic hospitals, even in states with “EC in the ER” legislation WASHINGTON, DC—Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC) today released a survey raising serious questions about how well Catholic hospitals are complying with the law in states that have “EC […]

PODCAST: Five Catholic Justices—See How They Rule

An original podcast produced by Catholics for a Free Choice, featuring president Frances Kissling WASHINGTON, DC—“Is there anything left unsaid about Roe v. Wade, that landmark Supreme Court decision?” asks Frances Kissling at the beginning of her new—and first—podcast for the anniversary of the Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in the United States. Always provocative […]

Catholics for a Free Choice Opposes Alito Nomination to Supreme Court

Judge’s claim to “open mindedness” disputed by own words and actions. WASHINGTON DC—Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC) today announced its opposition to the nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court of the United States. “Serving on the highest court in the land takes a fundamental commitment to the individual rights […]

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