Press Releases - 2015

Catholic State Leaders Stand with Planned Parenthood

Today, more than 90 Catholic state leaders and legislators from 31 states joined together in a two-page spread in Politico, vowing to stand with Planned Parenthood. Factions in Congress continue to try to defund the organization during the ongoing battles on spending bills. This month, conservative extremist groups are again threatening to hold government funding […]

Fighting AIDS under Francis?

Francis has become a symbol of fresh air in the institutional Catholic church. He’s been lauded in the media as a progressive pope, an environmentalist—on his recent trip to Africa, he was nicknamed the Pope of Hope. But has his more pastoral tone made any substantive change within the church? Are the Catholic bishops following […]

New Poll: What Do Millennials in the Time of Francis Believe?

When Pope Francis visits the United States this fall, he will no doubt be surrounded by young Catholics. But new polling of Catholic Millennials released today in Conscience magazine shows that while they have positive views of Pope Francis, they express beliefs that stand in stark contrast to the Catholic hierarchy on everything from abortion to […]

Catholic State Leaders Urge Congress to Take a Stand on Planned Parenthood

Today, over 60 Catholic state leaders and legislators from 25 states banded together in a full-page back-cover ad in the Washington Post urging Congress to preserve federal funding for Planned Parenthood. The statement draws on Catholic social justice and tells representatives in Congress that defunding Planned Parenthood would give the least among us even less. […]

What Will Pope Francis Say at the UN?

Tomorrow, Pope Francis will address the General Assembly of the United Nations. Will he arrive with a pastoral message or a political one? Will he talk about his general concerns from a humanitarian point of view by addressing immigration, peace, poverty? Could this be an opportunity to lead by example, to show that he has […]

Pope Francis’ Remarks at the White House: A Possible Preview of His Message to Congress?

Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, reflects on Pope Francis’ address at the White House: It’s disappointing, but not surprising, that it appears Pope Francis may have felt forced to throw a bone to the lobbying agenda of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Referencing the bogus “religious liberty” campaign by the […]

Francis’ Statement on Abortion and What Catholic Women Really Want

Once again, Pope Francis practices what he preaches in his statement today about women and abortion. Francis has announced that priests have the discretion to formally forgive women who have had abortions and seek absolution during the Roman Catholic church’s upcoming Holy Year. Francis has a far more pastoral, not political, approach to abortion—one of […]

Catholics Show Sweet Support for Planned Parenthood

Women’s health clinics across the country will again be harassed by the antichoice movement this weekend. In response, Catholics organized to remind clinic staff that we stand with Planned Parenthood and support the important work they do. Today, Catholics for Choice delivered cakes and messages of goodwill to women’s clinics on behalf of Catholic supporters, […]

Another Effort to Get Obama to Do the Right Thing on Helms

Today, 81 members of Congress released a letter calling on President Obama to take action on his administration’s continued harsh interpretation of the Helms Amendment, which effectively eliminates access to safe and legal abortion for many women around the world. Led by Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), the letter asked […]

In Advance of Obama Visit, Kenyan Government Agents Tear Down Billboard

In response to President Obama’s visit to Kenya next week, we were informed that agents of the Kenyan government tore down—without explanation—a billboard we had placed legally on Chiromo Road. The billboard was sponsored by the international organization Catholics for Choice in partnership with Reproductive Health Services Kenya. Both groups were greatly concerned about the […]

More Employers Now Allowed to Deny Benefits

Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement: “The government issued the final regulation today responding to the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision regarding contraceptive coverage for employees who work at for-profit companies that object to the coverage on religious grounds. The administration claims this rule will ensure that all women will […]

Catholics Herald Bill to End Harsh Hyde Amendment

Today Congresswomen Barbara Lee, Jan Schakowsky and Diana DeGette led more than 70 cosponsors to introduce the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Act (EACH Woman Act) that would ensure that every woman in the United States can have access to health coverage for abortion services, no matter where she lives, how she […]

New Campaign Calls Out Bishops for their Crusade to Discriminate

Catholics for Choice will launch a campaign on the front cover wraparound of the Washington Post Express that points a finger at Catholic bishops for discriminating against people in DC—and throughout the country. The ad will reach 316,000 commuters in the DC metro area. “The truth is that the bishops want to take taxpayer money […]

Catholics to House of Representatives: Don’t Legislate For Discrimination

Today, a subcommittee of the House of Representatives will debate the FY 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill, an annual funding bill for labor and health programs throughout the federal government. If the current bill moves forward, the regular business of our federal government will once again be distorted to serve […]

Catholics to US Senators: Do Not Support Harsh Abortion Ban

Tomorrow, Sen. Lindsey Graham plans to introduce a harsh ban on abortion—based on arbitrary gestational limits and junk science—that would put women’s health and rights at risk. It’s so extreme that back in January, when a similar bill was presented in the House of Representatives, the women of the Republican Party told House leaders that […]

Faith Leaders to President Obama: Take Executive Action Now on Helms

Today Catholics for Choice joins a diverse coalition of faith-based and other advocacy organizations from around the country, as well as a rape survivor from Kenya, to urge President Obama to take immediate action to end the implementation of the harsh Helms Amendment. During a press conference at St. John’s Church near the White House, […]

Stop Abusing Religion to Discriminate Against DC Workers

Tonight there is a critical vote. Congress will vote on the DC Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act (RHNDA), a bill unanimously passed by DC City Council that would protect the conscience rights of those living and working in the District. If RHNDA is overturned, employees in the District could be fired or face other retribution for […]

Catholics to Congress: Respect the Conscience Rights of DC Residents

Today, Catholics for Choice spoke out for the conscience rights of DC residents at an event with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, representative for the District of Columbia. The Catholic bishops are trying to bully the District’s elected representatives by urging Congress to block DC’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act. This blatantly disregards the will of the […]

Faith Organizations Urge President Obama to End Helms Amendment

Today, Catholics for Choice joined 30 other faith-based organizations in a letter to President Obama, urging him to take immediate action and end the implementation of the harsh Helms Amendment that all but eliminates access to safe and legal abortion for many. “Helms hurts the most vulnerable people first and worst, denying them the right […]

Catholics Urge Congress to Protect the Conscience Rights of DC Residents

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ demand that Congress should oppose the District of Columbia’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act and Human Rights Amendment Act flies in the face of our Catholic values. “Catholics believe that religious liberty rights belong in the hands of individuals, not institutions,” said Glenn Northern, domestic program senior associate. “We […]

Catholics Call on Pope Francis to Open Crèche at the Vatican

Today, in light of Pope Francis’ comments that he believes “not having children is a selfish choice,” Catholics for Choice suggests that the pope, cardinals, bishops and priests that make up the citizens of Vatican City consider opening and running childcare facilities for the women in the world to give the hierarchy some hands-on experience. […]

Extremism Defeats HR 36 on Eve of Antichoice Roe v. Wade March

Last night, the women of the Republican Party told the leadership of the US House of Representatives that a 20-week ban on abortion was too extreme. HR 36 was based on arbitrary gestational limits and junk science that would impose a dangerous limitation on abortion, putting women’s health and rights at risk. It was too […]

Catholics to Pope Francis: We’re Not Rabbits

“Pope Francis’s comments yesterday disparaging Catholic men and women for ‘breeding like rabbits’ are particularly troubling because of the Catholic hierarchy’s continued global war on birth control and reproductive choice,” said Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice. “Pope Francis needs to confess the sin he is guilty of—along with his brother bishops in the […]

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