Press Releases - 2011

Bishops Continue to Lobby on Healthcare Reform

Use Healthcare Industry to Put Pressure on Obama Administration The never-ending efforts of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to force US law to comply with the bishops’ interpretation of Catholic teachings continue. The USCCB has rounded up its colleagues in the Catholic healthcare industry and allies in Catholic education, social services, NGOs […]

Hearing on Capitol Hill Examines Federal Grant-making Standards for Programs Serving Human Trafficking Victims

Bishops Demand Conscience Protections for Themselves; Ignore the Consciences of Those Trafficked Catholics for Choice provided testimony supporting human trafficking victims’ access to reproductive healthcare to a hearing of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today. We are pleased that the hearing, called “HHS and the Catholic Church: Examining the Politicization of Grants,” is […]

Congressional Briefing Reveals the Real Story behind Attempts to Expand Refusal Clauses in Healthcare Delivery

Members of Congress and their staff will this afternoon hear from a diverse group of faith-based organizations about what is really at stake in the battle over refusal or conscience clauses in healthcare delivery. Religiously affiliated businesses are increasingly seeking to restrict their employees’ access to reproductive healthcare services, regardless of their employees’ beliefs or […]

President Obama, Don’t Turn Your Back on Women

In an open letter to President Obama published on today’s New York Times op-ed page, Catholics for Choice called on President Obama to stand up for what women and men want and ensure that family planning is included on the list of essential preventive services under the Affordable Care Act. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops […]

Pope’s Statement on AIDS in Africa Tells Part of the Story

Catholic Leader Agrees with Pope on Importance of Ethics, Disagrees on Priorities Jon O’Brien, the president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement this morning after the pope spoke about preventing the spread of HIV in Africa. “When Pope Benedict XVI raised the issue of AIDS prevention on his trip to Benin, he told […]

Catholics Praise Gov. Quinn’s Leadership, Reject Bishops’ Condemnation

SPRINGFIELD—Following an unprovoked attack from the Catholic Conference of Illinois on Governor Pat Quinn, Catholics for Choice has written to the governor expressing their support for his actions and thanking him for standing up to the local bishops. Last week, the bishops of Illinois issued a statement condemning Governor Quinn for his plans to present […]

Catholics for Choice Urges Congress to Protect Every Person’s Conscience

CFC President Jon O’Brien Testifies in Hearing on Access to Healthcare Today, Catholics for Choice president Jon O’Brien was invited to testify before the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health. The chairman of the Subcommittee, Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-PA), called the hearing to address the question, “Do New Health […]

Mientras que los legisladores consideran incorporar cambios en la ley del aborto, Una nueva encuesta demuestra que los argentinos respaldan el acceso al aborto y rechazan la influencia de los obispos católicos

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Mientras que una comisión parlamentaria en la Argentina se prepara para debatir la liberalización de la ley del aborto en una audiencia que se realizará el 1 de noviembre, una nueva encuesta divulgada hoy revela que la mayoría de los argentinos está a favor de los componentes de los intentos legislativos […]

As Legislators Consider Changes to the Abortion Law, New Poll Proves Argentineans Support Access to Abortion and Reject the Influence of Catholic Bishops

Buenos Aires, Argentina – As a parliamentary committee in Argentina prepares to discuss liberalizing the abortion law at a hearing on November 1, a new poll released today reveals that most Argentineans are in favor of the components of legislative attempts to reform the abortion law. Currently, while abortion is legal in a few circumstances, […]

Congressional Hearing on Religious Liberty Misled by Bishop’s Testimony

A Congressional Subcommittee hearing today on the state of religious liberty in the US heard from Bishop William Lori, the chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, who gave testimony on behalf of the bishops’ conference. The bishop’s testimony intimated that some Catholic teachings on religious liberty […]

Bishops Lobby Congress to Codify Their Beliefs into Law; Majority of Catholics Oppose Bill

Washington—Catholics today expressed anger about the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ role in promoting support for the so-called “Protect Life Act” (HR 358), a bill that will endanger women’s lives across the US with an extreme ban on abortion coverage while expanding permission for health professionals to refuse to provide reproductive healthcare services, even […]

Decision Time at Health and Human Services

Will the Obama Administration Stand up for Workers or Cave into the Demands of the Catholic Bishops? Today the public comment period for the Department of Health and Human Service’s regulations on coverage for preventive health services comes to a close. Catholics for Choice has spearheaded advocacy from a broad spectrum of voices for those […]

Catholics Support Insurance Coverage for Family Planning

The president of Notre Dame, Rev. John Jenkins, has written to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), calling for the refusal clause in the HHS guidelines on contraception to be widened even further to include institutions “inspired by faith.” He complains that the refusal clause included in the guidelines […]

Catholic Politicians and Theologians Speak Out against Bishops

Open Letters to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Appear as Ads in Political Newspapers Two open letters—one from Catholic theologians and another from Catholic politicians—have been submitted to Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, asking that she resist pressure from Catholic bishops and cover all women under the proposed regulations […]

Catholic Organizations Expose What the Bishops Won’t Tell You about Family Planning

Open Letter Asks HHS Secretary Sebelius to Stand up for Workers’ Rights In an open letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Catholics for Choice, along with 15 other Catholic organizations, urged Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to uphold access to family planning by rejecting the proposed refusal clause in regulations for coverage of […]

Social Justice Leaders Question Obama’s Commitment to Upholding Nondiscrimination Laws

Following recent comments regarding the Obama administration’s commitment to upholding nondiscrimination laws in the work place, Catholics for Choice joined 55 other religious, civil rights, labor and health organizations and delivered a letter to President Obama demanding a clarification of his stance. At a town hall meeting on July 22 in College Park, MD, the […]

Catholic Leader Gives Statement on Rejected Abortion Bill in Polish Parliament

The following statement may be attributed to Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice. Today Poland dodged the bullet of a draconian abortion law that would have dragged Polish women even further into the dark ages. The bill was rejected by 191 parliamentarians to 186 who voted for the ban. Sadly, it is likely that the proposal […]

Censored Condoms4Life Campaign Is Beamed Around the World

Campaign’s Night Projections Target Censors during Catholic World Youth Day This week, The Condoms4Life Campaign brought the message that good Catholics use condoms and condoms save lives to the pilgrims of World Youth Day and the people of Madrid. Despite attempts by the local authorities to ban our ads, hundreds of thousands of people saw […]

Pope Arrives in Spain Amid Censorship Controversy

International Youth Coalition Seconds Archbishop’s Affirmation of Freedom of Expression The World Youth Day 4 All coalition welcomed the remarks from Archbishop Braulio Rodriguez of Toledo, Spain, who pointed out that the Catholic World Youth Day celebration is taking place in a country where freedom of expression is protected. “Spain’s openness to freedom of expression […]

Catholic Leader Condemns Expansive Refusal Clause in HHS Ruling

The Department of Health and Human Services has issued guidelines on the Institute of Medicine’s call to include comprehensive family planning services as a preventive benefit for women’s health under the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately, the ruling “allows religious institutions that offer insurance to their employees the choice of whether or not to cover contraception […]

Catholic Organizations Call on Secretary Sebelius to Include Contraception as a Preventive Method under Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Washington, DC – On the 43rd anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s groundbreaking decision to reaffirm the Vatican’s ban on contraception, a score of progressive Catholic organizations wrote to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, calling on her to “implement the coverage recommendations of the recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report which include […]

Faith Groups Applaud Report on Including Contraception in Health Care Reform

Washington, DC – Leading faith-based organizations, representing millions of individuals across the country, joined together today to applaud the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report advocating coverage without copays of the full range of contraceptive services under a provision governing women’s preventive health benefits in the Affordable Care Act of 2010. The organizations include Catholics for Choice; […]

Censorship Rears its Ugly Head in Spain

Versión en español a continuación Publimedia, an advertising company based in Madrid, Spain, has announced that it has rejected the Condoms4Life advertisements that had been booked to run on the Madrid transport system during this year’s Catholic World Youth Day. Catholics for Choice, the organization responsible for the campaign, prepared the ads to thank the pope for […]

Faith Voices Lead Briefing on Religious Support for Abortion Services

Coalition supports access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare services WASHINGTON – Catholics for Choice, the National Council of Jewish Women, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, in coalition with more than a dozen faith-based organizations, will participate in a briefing today on Capitol Hill to highlight religious support for access to a comprehensive […]

CDD-El Salvador Receives First Rosemary Radford Ruether Award for Prochoice Catholicism

Léalo en español On Saturday, June 4, members of El Salvador’s Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir (CDD – Catholics for the Right to Decide) came to Washington, DC, to receive the Rosemary Radford Ruether award for prochoice Catholicism. In 2010, Catholics for Choice established the Rosemary Radford Ruether Award in honor of longtime board […]

Magazine Raises Questions about President Obama’s Prochoice Record

In an unprecedented move, Conscience magazine asked leading authors to provide a comprehensive analysis of President Barack Obama’s prochoice record. Many in the progressive reproductive rights and women’s rights field have whispered it, some have murmured it, but Conscience has finally broken the silence about the administration’s abysmal failure to take action on choice issues. David Nolan, the editor […]

Catholics Decry Cuts to Vital Social Services; Praise Family Planning Decisions

Jon O’Brien, the president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement about the FY2011 spending bill that was passed by Congress today. “There was both good and bad news in the budget deal that Congress passed today, but, as usual, women, especially lower-income women, took some big hits. Lower-income women in DC lost the […]

More than Fifty Catholic State Legislators Urge Congress to Keep Title X Funding

In an unprecedented effort, fifty-seven Catholic state legislators have signed a letter urging their counterparts in Congress to keep Title X funding for family planning services in the federal budget. Citing their responsibility as Catholics to protect the rights of the most vulnerable Americans, the legislators say the proposed cuts would unfairly target the poor […]

Ireland’s Victorian abortion laws highlighted at St. Patrick’s Day event in Washington

Catholics for Choice sponsors a briefing on Capitol Hill this morning for a reproductive rights delegation from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to raise awareness about Ireland’s draconian abortion laws. Abortion is criminalized in almost all circumstances in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. A law from 1861, which is still in […]

Catholics to US Bishops: Stop the Attacks on Planned Parenthood

Catholics for Choice is deeply ashamed that one of the groups at the forefront of the continued attacks on Planned Parenthood clinics is the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Time and again we have seen US bishops, individually and collectively, denounce the excellent work done by these clinics and their staff. Today’s attempt in […]

Catholics and HR 3

Today’s congressional hearing on HR 3, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” is notable for many reasons. The proposed legislation would enact unreasonable obstacles to reproductive healthcare for millions of American women. It would grant a right to refuse to provide abortion or contraception to insurance companies, HMOs and hospitals based on a specious […]

Women’s Healthcare Services Now in Jeopardy as Catholic Entity Gets Go-ahead in Maryland

Today’s decision by the Maryland Health Care Commission to allow the Catholic entity, Holy Cross Hospital, to build a new facility in Montgomery County, Md., is troubling. Despite concerns from health advocates that the new hospital would be subject to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services and therefore not provide a […]

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