Press Releases - 2008

Univision Listens to Latino and Catholic Voices and Agrees to Run Condoms4Life Radio Ads

Catholics for Choice and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health are pleased to announce that Univision Radio has decided to run two Condoms4Life radio ads. The two Spanish-language ads take on myths about condom use in Catholic and Latino communities and highlight the importance of condom use and that Good Catholics Use Condoms. The radio […]

Catholics Call on President-Elect Obama to Rescind Refusal Clause Regulation

Washington, DC —“The conscience, or more correctly refusal clause regulation issued by the Bush administration attacks the health options open to women and men throughout the United States,” said Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice in a statement. “This regulation represents a low point in the administration’s eight-year campaign to restrict and deny access to […]

Statement on Dignitas Personae by Jon O’Brien, President of Catholics for Choice

“The Vatican’s new document on bioethics, Dignitas Personae, shows that the Catholic hierarchy is once again on the wrong side of science and the needs of contemporary society. There is little new in the statement, but it remains difficult to reconcile the Vatican’s self-avowed prolife approach with the rejection of in-vitro fertilization and embryo freezing, not to mention the condemnation […]

Radio Ads Take on Myths about Condoms in Catholic and Latino Communities

Catholics for Choice and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health are proud to announce the launch of the first-ever Condoms4Life radio ads. The two Spanish-language ads take on myths about condom use in Catholic and Latino communities and highlight the importance of condom use and that Good Catholics Use Condoms. The radio campaign will launch […]

Population Research Institute, Inc. “expressly advocates the election of John McCain and the defeat of Barack Obama” in Presidential Election

Catholics for Choice Files Complaints with IRS and FEC Washington, DC—Catholics for Choice today filed complaints with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) over a pre-election edition of Population Research Institute’s Weekly Briefing. Catholics for Choice charged that PRI had committed an egregious violation of the rules governing the behavior of […]

Catholics for Choice Statement on the Common Good: Five Inconvenient Truths for the Bishops

Washington, DC—Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued a statement today in response to discussions about abortion at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops fall assembly. “It is by now well-known that the majority of Catholics disagree with the dictates of the Catholic hierarchy on matters related to sexual and reproductive health. In […]

Catholics for Choice Statement on the US Election and Priorities for the Next President

Washington DC—Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued a statement today on the US election results and the priorities for the next president. “Initial results show that 54% of the Catholic vote went to President-elect Barack Obama. This shows that the majority of Catholics voted their conscience when deciding who should be the next […]

Prochoice Catholic Policy Makers in the News

In recent weeks, there has been much discussion about Catholic teachings on abortion and the responsibility of Catholics in public life to their constituents. There is a concerted effort by some conservative Catholic bishops and the Pro-Life Activities Office of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and several conservative Catholic organizations to 1) present […]

Bishops Get it Wrong on Biden

Washington, DC—Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement about the response from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to vice presidential nominee Senator Joseph Biden: “In their response to Senator Joseph Biden, the US bishops again miss the mark on political discourse in the United States. “Senator Biden stated that it […]

Bishops Still Playing Politics on Abortion

Washington, DC — Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement about the fact sheet on abortion released by the antichoice lobbying arm of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. “The fact sheet from the bishops’ lobbying arm, the Committee on Pro-Life Activities, reaffirms the US bishops’ desire to place themselves […]

Catholics for Choice Responds to Bishops’ Comments on Speaker Pelosi

Washington, DC—Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement about the response from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: “In their response to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the US bishops commented on their interpretation of what Speaker Pelosi said, not what she actually said. Speaker Pelosi […]

Catholics at XVII International AIDS Conference Tell Pope: End Ban on Condoms

Mexico City—As thousands gather in Mexico City for the 17th International AIDS Conference August 3-8, 2008, Catholics for Choice and its Latin American sister organizations, Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir, will be highlighting Catholic opposition to the Vatican’s ban on condoms using materials developed for the Condoms4Life campaign, www.Condoms4Life.org. From the opening moments of the […]

Catholic Groups Claim Victory Over Vatican

The Catholic groups who today placed an ad in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera calling on the pope to end the Vatican’s ban on contraception claimed their first victory after soliciting a highly unusual response from a top Vatican official. The ad appeared on the 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae—the papal encyclical that confirmed the Vatican’s teaching against contraception. Jon O’Brien, president […]

Catholic Organizations to Pope: End Ban on Contraception

Open Letter to Pope Signed by more than 50 Organizations Published in Corriere della Sera Friday Washington, DC-Marking the 40th anniversary of the Catholic hierarchy’s encyclical Humanae Vitae, Catholics for Choice, in partnership with over 50 organizations from across the world, published an open letter to Pope Benedict XVI calling on him to lift the Vatican’s dangerous ban […]

Catholics Asked to Tell Their Bishops to End Ban on Contraception

July 25th Marks 40th Anniversary of Vatican’s Devastating Decision Washington, DC—Forty years ago, a decision was announced that has had a catastrophic impact on the poor and powerless around the world. On July 25, 1968, Pope Paul VI slammed the door on the hopes of the vast majority of Catholics and confirmed a complete prohibition […]

Catholic MPs May, in Good Conscience, Vote to Retain Current Time Limit on Abortion

In Letter to Parliament, Catholic Group Urges Respect for Women’s Rights and Scientific Data   London—In considering how to vote on abortion, Catholics for Choice president Jon O’Brien called on Catholic MPs to remember that Catholic teaching about the primacy of conscience holds that the individual must follow his or her conscience—even if it is […]

Federal Law on “Conscience Clauses” Needs to Be Reformed

Washington, DC – “The Bush administration’s statement on so-called conscience clauses reveals that the 2004 federal law on such clauses does not meet the needs of American women and men,” said Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice. “In their strategy to restrict and deny reproductive healthcare over the last several years, those opposed to […]

Catholics Reject Influence of US Bishops in Congressional HIV/AIDS Funding Battle

Washington, DC – “As people of faith who believe in social justice, Catholics around the United States will be very disappointed with the influence the Catholics bishops invested in gutting practical, life-saving programs during the drafting of the Lantos/Hyde HIV/AIDS Global Leadership Act,” Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, said in a statement today. […]

Catholics for Choice Statement on President’s FY 2009 Budget

Washington, DC – Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement about President George W. Bush’s FY 2009 budget: “The cuts proposed for various reproductive health and rights initiatives in President Bush’s FY 2009 budget do not reflect the wishes of mainstream America, and especially not those of American Catholics. In his […]

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