Press Releases - 2009

Los obispos españoles cada vez más solos en su oposición al aborto

Más del 80% de los españoles apoyan que el aborto sea legal en una amplia gama de circunstancias Sólo el 19% de los encuestados están de acuerdo con la actitud de los obispos españoles Madrid— Según los datos de la encuesta realizada por Catholics for Choice para conocer las opiniones de los españoles sobre el aborto […]

Catholics for Choice Statement on Healthcare Reform Package

Washington, DC —Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice had the following reaction to the deal that the Democratic Party made in order to get Senator Ben Nelson’s support for the healthcare reform package. “The latest language on abortion makes a mockery of the entire healthcare reform package. The idea that women would have to write […]

Catholics for Choice Calls on Irish Government to Lift Restrictions on Abortion

Washington, DC — Today, three Irish women challenged Ireland’s ban on abortion in the European Court of Human Rights on the grounds that the ban violates the rights to health and wellbeing outlined in the European Convention on Human Rights. Each of these women, after making the decision to have an abortion, was forced to travel […]

Senator Ben Nelson Puts US Bishops’ Interests Ahead of Americans’ Healthcare Needs

Washington DC – Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement: “Today, Senator Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska) put the policy priorities of the US Catholic bishops before the needs of women nationwide. Originally, Senator Nelson maintained that the abortion language in the healthcare bill was not a make-or-break factor in his vote.  This week, […]

Everybody’s Healthcare Is Threatened by Catholic Bishops’ Interference

Ad in Today’s Washington Post Highlights Dangers Washington DC – If the Catholic bishops have their way, many medical treatments and preventative measures we take for granted may be under threat.  The pressure that the US bishops have brought to bear on the debate over healthcare reform has been widely reported.  An ad in this morning’s Washington Post warns of […]

Catholics for Choice Supports DC Council on Civil Marriage Equality

Washington DC – Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement on the Civil Marriage Equality vote by the DC council: “Today, in the face of protests, threats and attempts by the archdiocesan officials to withdraw from social service provision in DC, the city council put the interests of their constituents above the […]

Another Courageous Kennedy Shows True Leadership

Representative Patrick J. Kennedy’s support for women’s reproductive justice is strong-and he stands in solidarity with Catholics across the United States. He is one of many Catholic politicians who stand by both the courage of their convictions and their consciences to support women’s reproductive choices. Bishop Thomas Tobin’s recent statement that Representative Kennedy (D-Rhode Island) […]

Catholics Stand in Solidarity with Washington DC’s Gay and Lesbian Community

This week, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops released a pastoral letter on marriage that reiterated its opposition to any legislative changes that would extend marriage to couples that are not composed of one man and one woman. Archbishop Wuerl of Washington, DC, is also involved in a battle against same-sex marriage in the District […]

Catholic Reform Leaders Call for an Inclusive Pastoral on Marriage

At its annual fall meeting from November 16 – 19, 2009, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is expected to review a new pastoral letter pertaining to marriage. In a statement to the bishops, Catholic reform leaders call upon them to create a pastoral that addresses the real needs of Catholics in the […]

Catholics for Choice Statement on the Healthcare Reform Bill

Washington DC – Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement about the passage of HR 3962: “Behavior in recent weeks tells us and the American voters a lot about core values. We in the prochoice community stayed true to our core values, seeking to overcome the struggles ordinary Americans have making ends […]

Catholics for Choice Statement on Antichoice Amendment to Healthcare Reform

With the final House vote on healthcare reform nearing, antichoice extremists are holding the entire bill hostage to further their antiabortion agenda. They are demanding that the bill go far beyond the status quo restrictions on abortion that had been incorporated into the original bill.  In an outrageous amendment, which is expected to be voted […]

Catholics Do Not Support the Bishops’ Stance on Healthcare

Washington DC – Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement about the US bishops’ recent letter to Congress about healthcare reform: “Last week, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) wrote a letter to Congress urging legislators to “produce final health reform legislation that will reflect our principles.” In the letter, […]

Respect Life and the Truth on Respect Life Sunday

Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement on Respect Life Sunday: “This Sunday, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops holds its annual Respect Life Sunday. On this occasion, we would like to encourage the US bishops to also respect the truth. A recent publication by the USCCB, a brochure entitled Contraception: […]

Catholics Support Healthcare Reform, Including Coverage for Abortion

According to a new poll of Catholic voters carried out by Belden Russonello and Stewart for Catholics for Choice, Catholics support both a public option in healthcare reform and a plan that would include funding for abortion. The results show that the views of Catholics have been seriously misrepresented by the US bishops and by conservative Catholics […]

Catholics for Choice Believes in Healthcare Reform, Supports Federal Funding for Abortion

Washington DC – Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement on healthcare reform: “As Congress returns from the summer recess, we hope that we will soon see an honest and productive debate on truly comprehensive healthcare reform that leads to positive changes in healthcare accessibility for women and men in the United […]

Catholics for Choice Statement on Senator Edward Kennedy

Washington DC – Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement this morning about the death of Senator Edward Kennedy. “Senator Kennedy’s long career in politics epitomized the definition of working for social justice. As a prominent prochoice Catholic, he attracted criticism but never wavered from doing what he thought was right. He, […]

Catholics Call on Dutch Minister to Withdraw from Conservative Conference

Washington DC – The Catholics for Choice European Advisory Group today called on André Rouvoet, the Dutch Minister for Youth and Families, to withdraw from a conservative conference in Amsterdam. He is due to address the conference’s opening session by video feed on Monday. The World Congress of Families has been organized by the ultraconservative Howard […]

Catholics for Choice Statement on the Preventing Unintended Pregnancies, Reducing the Need for Abortion and Supporting Parents Act

Washington DC – Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement in support of the Preventing Unintended Pregnancies, Reducing the Need for Abortion and Supporting Parents Act. “Catholics for Choice is delighted to give our backing to the Preventing Unintended Pregnancies, Reducing the Need for Abortion and Supporting Parents Act, sponsored by Representatives […]

The Pope and the President: Many Similar Outlooks but Very Different Roles

Washington DC – Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement about the meeting today between President Barack Obama and Pope Benedict XVI in Rome. “In the last few weeks, many have speculated about the first meeting between President Barack Obama and Pope Benedict XVI. We at Catholics for Choice have repeatedly been asked about […]

Catholics for Choice Statement on “Caritas in Veritate”

Washington DC – Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement today about the publication of Pope Benedict’s third encyclical, “Caritas in Veritate” (“Charity in Truth”). In the statement, Mr. O’Brien applauds the pope’s dedication to improving development aid but also raises concerns about what is missing. “As President Barack Obama and other world […]

Antiabortion Advocate Appointed to Senior Position at HHS

Washington DC – Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement today about the announcement that Alexia Kelley had been appointed to be Director of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Health and Human Services: The antichoice organization Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG) has announced that Alexia Kelley, its […]

Catholics for Choice Statement on Dr. George Tiller

Gathered at a meeting in Washington, DC, the President and Board of Directors of Catholics for Choice issued the following statement. “Catholics for Choice extends its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Dr. George Tiller, who was shot and killed as he attended church today. Dr. Tiller was a courageous advocate for women. […]

Catholics for Choice Statement on Honduras

Catholics for Choice celebrates this week’s victory for the women of Honduras.  CFC commends the president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, for vetoing Congressional Decree 54-2009 which would have criminalized the use, sale, or purchase of emergency contraception, as well as its distribution in pharmacies, even if it was provided free of charge to women who […]

Catholics for Choice Declaración sobre Honduras

Catholics for Choice (CFC) celebra la victoria de la mujeres hondureñas de esta semana. CFC se permite elogiar al presidente de Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, por vetar el decreto del Congreso No. 54 -2009 en el cual se hubiera podido penalizar el uso, venta o venta de la contracepción de emergencia, lo mismo que su distribución […]

Catholics for Choice Statement on the Sebelius Appointment: A Victory for Common Sense

Washington, DC – Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement today congratulating Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on her appointment to head the Department of Health and Human Services: “Secretary Sebelius has an immense task ahead of her, one that we feel she is more than qualified to accomplish.  Her commitment to protecting the […]

Pope Not Infallible on Condoms

The Vatican has yet again been forced to revise statements made by Pope Benedict XVI as he embarked on a foreign trip. En route to Cameroon on March 17, the pope claimed that condom use would “aggravate the problem” of HIV. A transcript of the pope’s comments on the Vatican’s Web site altered the comment […]

The Pope Is Wrong on Condoms

Washington DC – Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued a response to Pope Benedict’s statement on condom use. “As the pope traveled to Africa, he chose this moment to make what appears to be his first unequivocal statement opposing condom use. In an interview on the papal plane to Cameroon, the pope acknowledged the […]

Catholics for Choice Decries Bishops’ Condemnation of Rape Victim

Washington, DC – Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement regarding the Brazilian bishops’ claims of excommunication in the case of the nine-year-old girl who had an abortion after she was raped. “Last week, the Brazilian bishops shocked the world when they condemned a nine-year-old girl and her family after she had […]

Catholics for Choice Welcomes Support of Embryonic Stem-Cell Research

Washington DC – Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued a statement today welcoming the reversal of restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research by President Barack Obama. “Today’s executive order overturning the restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research is tremendously encouraging.  It marks not only a great promise of scientific advancement, but also an important step towards […]

Sebelius, Reproductive Health and Health Care Reform

Washington DC – Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement today about the role of reproductive health services in reforming the health care system in the United States: “Today, as the more than 100 health care experts attend a White House summit, we are reminded that there are many health care issues […]

Catholics for Choice Welcomes Efforts to Rescind Anti-Contraception Rule

Washington DC – Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued a statement today on reports of the Obama Administration’s plan to rescind the Bush Administration’s anti-contraception provider refusal rule. “The conscience, or more correctly refusal, clause regulation, issued in the last days of the Bush Administration attacks the healthcare options open to women and men […]

Catholics Encouraged By Dialogue between Pope Benedict and Speaker Pelosi

Washington DC – Jon O’Brien, the president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement about today’s meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “I was pleased to hear that Speaker Pelosi and Pope Benedict XVI had a cordial meeting today. At that meeting, Speaker Pelosi did justice to Catholics in the United […]

Pope Benedict and Speaker Pelosi Have Much in Common

Washington DC – Jon O’Brien, the president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement about the meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “As the United States, under the presidency of Barack Obama, seeks to lead the world out of the economic crisis, it is fitting that Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the […]

Catholics for Choice Statement on the 80th Anniversary of the Lateran Treaty

Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement to mark the 80th Anniversary of the Lateran treaty between the Vatican and Italy on February 11. “Eighty years ago, the Holy See and the Italian government signed an agreement that gave legal status to the area we know as Vatican City. Since that […]

Catholics for Choice Statement on the Overturning of the Mexico City Policy

Washington DC – Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued a statement today welcoming the reversal of the Global Gag Rule by President Barack Obama. “Today’s executive order overturning the Mexico City Policy, or Global Gag Rule as it is more commonly known, is tremendously encouraging. It marks the first step on President Obama’s journey […]

Catholics for Choice Statement on the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

On the 36th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States, Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement. “This anniversary of Roe v. Wade is a timely reminder of how important access to legal abortion has been in dramatically improving women’s health and lives and allowing […]

Catholics for Choice Statement on the Inauguration of President Barack Obama

Washington DC – Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued a statement today on the inauguration of President Barack Obama. “After eight years of dismal reproductive health policy, which denied crucial health services to women worldwide, we expect the incoming Obama administration to close the book on this disappointing chapter and move towards repairing the […]

Catholics for Choice Statement on Caring for Victims of Trafficking

Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement: “In a court case filed today, the American Civil Liberties Union has asked a federal court to ensure that government funds distributed through the Trafficking Victims Protection Act are not used to impose restrictions on reproductive health services that are based on religious beliefs. […]

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