Press Releases - 2012

Inter-American Court Approves Access to IVF in Costa Rica

Today, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued a final ruling in favor of the right to access in vitro fertilization (IVF) in Costa Rica. This is a win for women and Catholics and a blow to the bishops and conservatives who want to deny individuals the right to decide whether and when to have […]

Corte Interamericana avala el acceso a la fecundación in vitro en Costa Rica

La Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos publicó hoy una sentencia definitiva a favor del derecho de acceso a la fecundación in vitro (FIV) en Costa Rica. Se trata de una victoria para las mujeres y para las personas católicas, así como un revés para los obispos y conservadores que pretenden negarle a cada persona el […]

New Investigative Report Exposes Group’s Efforts to Restrict Academic Freedom on Catholic Campus

WASHINGTON, DC — A new report from Catholics for Choice unravels the ultraconservative agenda of the Cardinal Newman Society (CNS), a self-appointed “watchdog” of Catholic higher education. The organization is notorious for inventing “scandals” on Catholics college campuses in order to marginalize those who legitimately dissent from some church teachings. In-depth research illustrates the society’s systematic efforts […]

Catholics Applaud Final Passage of Reproductive Health Law

Today in the Philippines the Reproductive Health Bill (known as the RH Bill) cleared its final hurdle when it was passed by the Senate 13-8 on its second and third reading. The bill will give millions of women the right to access contraception, which was, in many cases, out of their reach. Reproductive health has […]

Catholics Herald Passage of Reproductive Health Bill in the Philippines

The Philippines House of Representatives has voted to pass the Reproductive Health Bill (commonly known as the RH Bill), which will give millions of women access to contraception that was, in many cases, out of their reach. Despite widespread support for the move, and the fact that almost a third of Filipino women have an […]

Catholic Group Calls on Obama Administration to Do the Right Thing on HIV Prevention

Calls for condom provision and access to family planning to support ongoing prevention efforts Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement today: “This morning, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will release ‘PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-free Generation’—the Obama administration’s plan for combating HIV & AIDS. For the plan to be effective, […]

“The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics”

Catholics for Choice Releases Film Setting the Record Straight on Catholic Teaching WASHINGTON, DC — “The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics,” a new documentary-style film produced by Catholics for Choice, sets the record straight about Catholic social teaching on issues related to sex and sexuality. In the wake of a bruising campaign season, during which Catholic […]

Bishops’ Meeting Needs to Reflect on Cost of Failed Campaign

BALTIMORE, MD—As the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gathers today, Catholics for Choice called on the bishops to engage in a serious examination of conscience as they reflect on their divisive political activities this year and the millions of dollars they spent trying to influence elections. “The bishops had a miserable return on […]

Bishops’ Ballot Measures Fail

Voters in five states sent down in flames attempts to legislate preposterous restrictions on reproductive rights, same-sex marriage and religious liberty—measures for which the Catholic bishops had campaigned heavily and spent mightily. These victories in Florida, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington provide important insight into the “Catholic vote.” Meghan Smith, the domestic program associate at […]

Catholic Leader to Obama: We Still Hope for Change

Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, made the following statement today: “Catholics for Choice congratulates Barack Obama on winning a second term as president of the United States. We look forward to working with his administration for another four years. During the campaign we heard the president reassert his commitment to women’s reproductive health. […]

Catholics for Choice Mobilizes Florida Catholics against Amendments 6 & 8

Catholics across the state of Florida have taken action to oppose two proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution: Amendments 6 and 8 appear on the November 6 ballot. If passed, Amendment 8 would gut the separation of church and state in Florida’s constitution, give a free pass for religious organizations to discriminate and create a […]

New Poll: Americans Oppose Using Religion to Deny Reproductive Health Services

A new poll, jointly commissioned by the American Civil Liberties Union and Catholics for Choice, shows that Americans reject policies that allow institutions to refuse to provide reproductive health services on religious grounds. When asked about the general concept of such exemptions and about specific examples, large majorities of those polled opposed the denial of […]

Abortion in the Vice-Presidential Debate: Catholics Are Still More Concerned about the Economy

Last night’s vice-presidential debate concluded with a brief, five-minute discussion about abortion and religion. Both candidates expressed their party’s position, their own personal perspective and how it related to their Catholic faith. Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, responded: “The candidates are right that women and men do consider their faith when they are […]

Catholic Voters Reject Political Influence of Bishops

New Poll Reveals How Catholics View Key Election Issues As the two Catholic candidates for vice president prepare to face each other in a debate tonight, a new poll of 1,000 self-identified Catholic likely votersshows that, despite the best efforts of the bishops, they are least concerned about abortion and gay marriage. Catholic voters are most […]

Líder católico acoge con agrado la decisión con respecto al aborto en Uruguay

Jon O’Brien Presidente de Catholics for Choice acoge con agrado la aprobación por la Cámara de Diputados de Uruguay de un proyecto de ley que despenaliza el aborto. “Lamentablemente durante muchos años la jerarquía católica a influido negativamente en políticas públicas de salud reproductiva en Uruguay tanto como en otros país de América Latina. Como […]

Catholic Leader Welcomes Abortion Decision in Uruguay

Jon O’Brien, the president of Catholics for Choice, welcomed the vote in the Uruguay to legalize abortion. He said, “For far too long, the Catholic hierarchy has negatively influenced reproductive health policies in Uruguay and other countries in Latin America, forcing women to resort to illegal, often unsafe backstreet abortions. It is heartening that both […]

Progressive Advocacy Groups Call on Democrats to Defend Individual Religious Freedom

Charlotte, NC— During the Democratic National Convention a unique gathering of progressive advocacy groups came together in Charlotte with a message for the Democratic National Committee. They called upon the committee to stand up for people of faith and no faith and not allow conservative politicians and religious leaders to redefine the meaning of religious liberty. […]

Faith and Freedom Groups Call for Inclusivity in GOP Platform

New Polling Data Released on Republicans and Choice Tampa, FL—A unique gathering of advocacy groups came together in Tampa to urge the Republican Party Committee on Resolutions (the platform committee) to consider all faith viewpoints when it comes the country’s most pressing social issues—including access to reproductive healthcare and the freedom to marry. In response […]

Colorado Ruling Endangers Women’s Health

Catholics Demand Respect for Employees’ Consciences A Federal District Court in Colorado ruled today that a private air-conditioning manufacturer can discriminate against its employees and refuse to cover contraception as required by the Affordable Care Act. Catholics for Choice is dismayed by the injunction in favor of Hercules Industries, a for-profit, private, heating and air […]

Catholics Call for an End to Second-Class HIV-Prevention Programs

Why not provide condoms? “The XIX International AIDS conference this week in Washington, DC, has highlighted the involvement of faith-based organizations in providing AIDS care around the world,” said Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice. “Catholic people and organizations have been on the front lines of providing care and treatment for many years—and the […]

Catholics Pleased with Supreme Court Ruling on Affordable Care Act

Catholics for Choice is pleased that the Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. We are also aware, however, that the battle to ensure that individuals can make conscience-based decisions about their healthcare is not over. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has made clear that it will stop at nothing […]

Catholics Reject the Bishops’ Fortnight for Discrimination: It’s Not about Freedom

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is kicking off its so-called Fortnight for Freedom this evening. Fortnight for Discrimination would be a better name for it. The bishops seem to be most concerned about their own power to discriminate against others’ freedom to act according to their conscience. Catholics and other believers in true […]

Catholics Tell HHS: We Support Contraceptive Coverage

Thousands Reject Bishops’ Claims and Demand Equal Treatment for All Thousands of Catholics from across the country spoke out this week, making clear their support for coverage of contraception at no additional cost in insurance plans, and showing without a doubt that the bishops do not speak for them on issues of family planning or […]

Catholics Reject Bishops’ Attempts to Redefine Religious Freedom

As Bishop Lori and his colleagues discussed alleged threats to religious freedom at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, Catholics in the US shrugged and went about their daily business of putting food on the table and keeping their families healthy and happy,” said Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics […]

An Unconscionable Attack on the Abortion Rights of Women in Washington, DC

“The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution has launched an unconscionable attack on the right of women in the District of Columbia to access late abortion services,” said Jon O’Brien, the president of Catholics for Choice. “The hearing today on the misleadingly-titled “District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” is simply another means for […]

Kansas Governor Signs Law that Ignores Women’s Needs; Attacks Individuals’ Conscience Rights

“The ‘Health Care Right of Conscience Act,’ signed yesterday by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, will impose outrageous restraints on women seeking healthcare services,” said CFC president Jon O’Brien in a statement today. “In addition, it uses fake science in equating emergency contraception to drugs like RU-486—despite the best efforts of antichoice activists, the scientific consensus […]

Bishops Seek to Redefine Religious Liberty

The latest salvo from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) marks a new battle line in their campaign to deny religious freedom to all Americans. Published today, “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty,” a document outlining the bishops’ campaign, was developed by the USCCB’s Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty. Jon O’Brien, president of […]

Insensibles comentarios del Papa con respeto a la infertilidad demuestran una falta de entendimiento de la realidad de la comunidad católica

En una conferencia sobre la infertilidad convocada por el Vaticano la semana pasada, el Papa Benedicto XVI arremetió contra las técnicas de reproducción asistida como la fecundación in vitro. Hablando en el Vaticano ante una audiencia de investigadores y médicos conservadores, el Papa advirtió contra “las ganancias fáciles” que se podrían lograr gracias a la […]

More than Twenty Religious Leaders Issue Statement in Support of Current Policy on Contraceptive Coverage in Healthcare Reform

This morning, leaders of more than twenty mainstream religious traditions issued an open letter to the White House, supporting the announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services that contraceptive services must be covered by most insurance policies without deductibles or copays, with only religious organizations to be considered exempt. Jon O’Brien, one of […]

The Bishops’ Lobby Shouts, “Jump”; Senator, Opinion Writers Ask, “How High?”

The campaign by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops against alleged religious intolerance should be seen today for the shell that it really is. In a nation where the largest single religious denomination in Congress is Catholicism; where six of the nine Supreme Court justices and more than a quarter of the population were […]

President Obama Finally Does the Right Thing for Women

President Obama listened to all of the women and men who called, e-mailed and wrote to the White House to express their support for family planning decisions staying in the hands of women. In so doing, he remained true to the original vision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and refused to bend the knee […]

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