Press Releases - 2014

Why Religious Exemptions Hurt—and Why Catholics Oppose Them

“The bishops’ demands that the government allow them to discriminate against people who hold different religious beliefs about marriage, family life and health care are in stark contrast with Catholic values, and with what most Catholics in the US believe,” said Marianne Duddy-Burke of DignityUSA at a briefing on Capitol Hill convened by Catholics for Choice. […]

Catholics Unite to Defeat Colorado Personhood Ballot Measure

Catholics in Colorado joined their neighbors, friends and family in defeating a ballot measure that would have banned abortion in all circumstances and limited access to contraception and other reproductive health services in the state. These everyday Colorado Catholics spoke out in the weeks leading up to the defeat of Amendment 67 by a 2-to-1 […]

Catholics in Colorado: The Bishops Don’t Speak for Us

Colorado Catholics are speaking out against a harsh ballot measure that would ban abortion in all circumstances and limit contraception and other reproductive health services in the state. The truth is, the vast majority of Catholics believe that abortion should be legal and that women must have access to the reproductive healthcare they need without interference […]

Administration’s Fix is a Farce

The Obama administration has issued two new rules to fix alleged problems related to the contraceptive coverage benefit in the Affordable Care Act. The first, in response to the recent Supreme Court decision on cases brought by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, proposes a rule to expand to some for-profit corporations the existing accommodation […]

Supreme Court Hands Reins to Religious Extremists

“Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court is a devastating blow to real religious liberty in America,” said Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice. “The claim that institutions or corporations have a conscience or religious liberty is disingenuous and offensive. Conscience and religious liberty rights belong properly to individuals. The majority of Catholics use and […]

New Video: Hobby Lobby Case Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

All eyes are on the Supreme Court, as the imminent decision in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cases could alter the definition of religious freedom as Americans know it. But these cases are the just tip of the iceberg, part of a long line of complaints brought by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops […]

Catholics Speak Up for Consciences of DC Workers

Today Catholics for Choice presented testimony supporting the District of Columbia’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014—a bill that would ensure all workers in the city are able to make their own reproductive health decisions without fear of retribution from their employers. This bill would guarantee that no matter what happens at a national […]

Catholic Leader Calls out False Dichotomy in Abortion Polling

“The latest Gallup polling on abortion portrays a false dichotomy between ‘prochoice’ and ‘prolife,’” said Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice. “How people describe their instinctive reaction to the prochoice vs. prolife binary is very different to how they react when they or a loved one is facing an unintended or problem pregnancy. That’s […]

People Power in Philippines: Reproductive Health Law Upheld

After more than a decade languishing in Congress and another year in the courts, the Philippines’ Reproductive Health Law (RH Law) was declared largely constitutional by the Supreme Court earlier today. The RH Law will provide millions of women in the country with improved access to the reproductive healthcare they need, including contraception. “Today, conscience […]

Catholics Lift Up Voices of Faith in Dallas for Reproductive Rights of Texas Women

Today, Catholics for Choice co-sponsors an event in Dallas that will celebrate voices of faith, and remember their important role in the fight for choice in Texas—and the country. “Again in Texas” will honor members of the original Women’s Alliance at Dallas First Unitarian Church who quietly sparked the movement for access to legal abortion, […]

President Obama, Consider This When You Meet Pope Francis

When President Obama visits Pope Francis Thursday at the Vatican, he will find an open letter in the International New York Times from Catholics for Choice calling for the president to heed these words of wisdom from John F. Kennedy: “I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute, where no Catholic […]

Catholics Blast Bogus Claims of Religious Liberty in Washington Post Ad and at Faith Rally

As the Supreme Court hears arguments from Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. about the contraceptive coverage benefit in the Affordable Care Act, a full-page advertisement in tomorrow’s Washington Post takes on the arguments of those who seek to impose their religious views on everybody else. Asking the all-important question: “What’s happening to the separation of […]

Pope Francis at Year One: More Pastoral, Less Political

“When the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics look at our church after a year with Pope Francis, it feels different than the church of Pope Benedict XVI or Pope John Paul II,” said Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice. “In just one year and through simple words and gestures, Pope Francis has changed the church’s […]

Time for Pope Francis to Bring Back Authentic Catholic Teachings

“Pope Francis has an opportunity this week to put real action behind his words by creating a Catholic church that is ‘home for all’ and not a ‘small chapel’ obsessed with sex and political power,” said Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice. “It’s a chance for renewal and reform within the church. “As 150 […]

More Proof that Catholics Oppose Vatican Dictates on Sexual and Reproductive Issues

The results of an international survey by Univision show that large majorities of Catholics around the world support the use of contraception and access to abortion care. “The world now knows what Catholics have known for a long time—we reject the Vatican’s dictates on sex, family life and reproductive issues,” said Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for […]

Stop Playing Politics with Religious Liberty

Today Catholics for Choice and the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), co-conveners of the Coalition for Liberty & Justice, participate in a day-long forum on religious freedom with leading experts in women’s rights, LGBT rights, religion and constitutional scholarship. Twenty-one experts will lead discussions on the impact that recent attacks on religious liberty will […]

Pope Francis: Act Now on Child Abuse

“During their hearing in front of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, Vatican officials insisted that priests who sexually abused children were the responsibility of local bishops, not the pope or the Vatican,” said Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice. “If the pope is serious about turning the page on […]

Catholics Urge Congress to Oppose the Latest Attack on Abortion Rights

For Immediate Release “Today, the House of Representatives will likely vote on HR 7, a bill designed to prevent women from accessing insurance coverage for abortion in both private and public health insurance plans,” said Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice. “This act is an unconscionable attack on access to abortion services—especially for poor […]

Catholic Organizations: Supreme Court Should Protect Real Religious Freedom

Today, Catholics for Choice and 29 other faith-based organizations filed an amicus brief in two contraceptive coverage cases pending before the Supreme Court: Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius and Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius. Drafted by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, the brief is signed by faith-based organizations committed to real […]

Catholics Oppose Harsh Congressional Bill Against Abortion Rights

This morning, the US House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice marked up an antiabortion bill introduced by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ). HR 7, the so-called “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” would expand existing federal policy banning federal funding for abortion to include any funding, subsidy or […]

Archdiocese of Washington’s Lawsuit Not Reflective of Catholic Opinion

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington has joined other Catholic organizations and requested that the Supreme Court hear its case and block the Obama administration’s contraceptive coverage requirement under the Affordable Care Act. Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, said that in filing the suit, “the archbishop is not representing the views of the […]

Catholics Oppose Latest Congressional Attack on Abortion Rights

This morning, the US House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice will hold a hearing on a vehemently antiabortion bill. Introduced by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), HR 7, misleadingly named the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” expands current federal policy banning any federal funding for abortion to […]

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