Press Releases - 2010

The Pope Did Acknowledge that Condoms Can Help Prevent the Spread of HIV

  Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement after the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith sought to clarify the pope’s comments on condom-use. “The statement from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith today on condoms and what the pope did or did not say changes nothing about […]

A Sad State of Affairs in Phoenix, Arizona

Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement today after Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix, Arizona, declared that a local hospital could no longer describe itself as Catholic. “The decision by Bishop Thomas Olmsted to declare that St. Joseph’s Hospital may no longer be considered Catholic is a sad one. “It’s sad that […]

Catholics Welcome Decision on Abortion in Ireland

Today’s judgment by the European Court of Human Rights declaring that Ireland’s abortion law violated the rights of a woman who had to travel overseas to have an abortion is an important first step in ensuring that women in Ireland can access abortion services without having to leave the country. Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics […]

HIV and AIDS Advocacy Groups around the World Call for More Funding Transparency

International development agencies in nine countries—Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States of America—have been asked to explain their criteria for funding HIV and AIDS assistance—and whether faith-based organizations get special concessions when they apply for public funds to deliver prevention and treatment programs abroad. Sixteen national and international nongovernmental organizations today wrote to nine national overseas […]

Pope’s Clarification Reveals Significance of Condom Statement

  Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement on the most recent news from the Vatican on condom use. “The Vatican’s acknowledgement that Pope Benedict’s acceptance of condom use to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections relates to everybody shows how significant the pope’s comments are. “This morning, the Vatican’s […]

Pope’s Statement on Condoms Is a Victory for Common Sense and Reason

  Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement after Pope Benedict XVI acknowledged that condoms have a role to play in preventing the transmission of HIV: “We are delighted that the pope has acknowledged that condoms can help reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections including HIV. It is a marvelous […]

Five Myths about the Catholic Vote in Election 2010

As the election nears, many news outlets are repeating misinformation about what Catholics believe and what they can and should do when it comes to voting. Conservative groups have targeted a largely Catholic group of antichoice Democrats who voted in favor of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, falsely claiming that the bill permits […]

Bill Donohue and his Bullying Tactics Headed for a Fall

Catholic organizations have written to the management company of the Empire State Building supporting its decision not to accede to the latest self-promotion campaign of Bill Donohue, the president of the Catholic League. Donohue wants the Empire State Building lit up in blue and white for Mother Teresa on August 26, the 100th anniversary of […]

Catholics Express Support for New Planned Parenthood Clinic

In a letter to the staff of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Jon O’Brien, the president of Catholics for Choice, expressed sadness over a protest by the local prelate, Archbishop George Lucas, at the site of a new clinic in Omaha, Neb. The letter, which also appears as an ad in the Omaha World-Herald on […]

New Report Questions the Funding and Activities of Faith-Based HIV/AIDS Organizations

A new report released on the eve of XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna calls for clarity regarding the funding and activities of faith-based organizations that are involved in HIV/AIDS work. The report, “Seeing Is Believing: Questions about Faith-Based Organizations That Are Involved in HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment,” was commissioned by Catholics for Choice. Faith-based […]

Catholics Support Reproductive Healthcare Services for the Military

Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement about the US Senate Committee Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that lifts the ban on access to abortion services for those served by military hospitals in the US and worldwide: “This amendment is an important step towards ensuring that all Americans have […]

Diocese of Phoenix Maligns Catholic Nun, Errs on Canon Law

The recent news about a woman in Phoenix who received an abortion in a Catholic hospital has raised again the issue of Catholics, abortion and excommunication. The bishop of Phoenix has declared that a nun who is a hospital administrator and a member of the ethics committee is excommunicated because of her alleged action, or inaction, […]

Truth in Advertising: Bishops Are Not Leaders in Fight for Civil and Human Rights

Late yesterday afternoon, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops meekly followed the marching orders it had received from conservative Catholic advocates and withdrew from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Sister Mary Ann Walsh, a spokeswoman for the USCCB, made the announcement, claiming that the decision was made because the Leadership Conference […]

“Excommunication” of Nun in Arizona Very Troubling

This is a statement from Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice: The news that a nun who works at a Catholic hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, was excommunicated following her participation in a decision to permit an abortion to take place is very troubling. According to the local bishop, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, head of […]

Healthcare Reform: One Step Forward for America; One Step Back for Women’s Rights

The following statement may be attributed to Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice. At the outset of the debate over healthcare reform, leaders in the Democratic Party made a number of promises to the American people. President Obama told us that he was “not restricting women’s insurance choices,” and promised that “if you’re happy […]

American Catholics Want Bishops Out of Healthcare Reform

“Interference by the US Catholic bishops in healthcare reform does not help women,” said Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice. “The bishops claim that this is an issue of ‘conscience.’ However, in seeking to impose their views, the bishops show no regard for the consciences of millions of women in the United States who […]

Victory for Women in Spain after Battle over New Abortion Law

Marysa Navarro-Aranguren, Chair of the Board of Catholics for Choice, welcomed the victory today for women in Spain, after the senate voted to ease the country’s restrictions on abortion. In doing so, they rejected the opposition of the Catholic bishops and the Vatican over access to safe and legal abortion in that country. Navarro, who […]

Spanish Leader Right about Support for Abortion

“The leader of the Spanish Congress, Jose Bono, is absolutely right that Spanish politicians may vote for laws legalizing access to abortion,” said the president of Catholics for Choice, Jon O’Brien. “And, in taking this stance, Mr. Bono has listened to what Catholics in Spain are saying about abortion, something that the bishops clearly have […]

Un líder español se muestra de acuerdo con el apoyo al aborto

“El líder del Congreso de España, José Bono, está en lo correcto cuando insiste en que  los políticos españoles pueden votar a favor de leyes que legalicenel acceso al aborto”, afirmó el presidente de Catholics for Choice, Jon O’Brien. “Y al asumir esta posición, Bono ha escuchado lo que los católicos en España dicen acerca […]

In Taking a Lead from the Bishops, Democratic Leadership Is out of Step with Voters

A series of opinion polls on healthcare reform in four Congressional Districts reveals how out of touch some political leaders are with the views of the electorate. The polls, taken in the districts of four Catholic representatives who supported the restrictions on abortion imposed by the Stupak-Pitts amendment, show that voters do not agree with […]

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