Press Releases - 2016

Statement by Catholics for Choice on World AIDS Day

On World AIDS Day, we remember those who have died and the communities around the world that have been devastated by this tragic disease. We also express solidarity with the millions who live with HIV and our support for the services and care they need. Children are orphaned, economies are weakened and poverty increases as […]

Statement from Jon O’Brien About Pope Francis Extending Permission on Abortion Forgiveness

Catholics for Choice president Jon O’Brien issued the following statement reacting to Pope Francis extending permission on abortion forgiveness: As a Catholic, I welcome today’s announcement from Pope Francis who again has taken a much more pastoral, rather than political, approach to abortion – one of the most contentious issues in the Catholic Church. He […]

New Poll: Catholic Voters Favor Clinton for President

As the two Catholic candidates for vice president prepare to face off in a debate on Tuesday at Longwood University, a new poll of likely Catholic voters shows that Clinton leads Trump. The poll also shows that Catholics do not toe the hierarchy’s line on abortion, healthcare and religious refusals. Since 1972, the Catholic vote […]

New Campaign: Catholics Support Public Funding for Abortion in Good Faith

Today, Catholics for Choice launched Abortion in Good Faith, a multi-year campaign dedicated to amplifying the voices of Catholics across the country who want abortion to be accessible and affordable for everyone—no matter how much money they have, where they live or what they believe. This first phase of the campaign includes ads featuring Catholics […]

Memo: The Democratic National Convention and Democrats For Life of America

To: Reporters From: Catholics for Choice Date: 21 July 2016 Re: The Democratic National Convention and Democrats For Life of America Language in the 2016 draft Democratic Party platform strongly affirms a woman’s right to access abortion and calls for an end to the Hyde Amendment. Like the Democratic Party faithful, the vast majority of […]

Catholic Groups Call on US Bishops to Build ‘A Church for Our Daughters’

Huntington Beach, CA…“A Church for Our Daughters,” a grassroots movement organized by 30 Catholic-rooted organizations, gathered outside of the US bishops’ June meeting to present “A Declaration for Our Daughters,” calling for church leaders to strike down every oppressive practice, teaching and law that assigns women and girls to a subordinate status. With more than […]

Catholics Agree: Real Religious Liberty Means Do No Harm

Washington, DC — Catholics for Choice joined some 40 organizations voicing their support for the Do No Harm Act, announced today by Representatives Joe Kennedy (D-MA) and Bobby Scott (D-VA). The Do No Harm Act would amend the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) to protect the religious, civil and conscience-based rights of […]

On May Day, Catholics Rally in Support of Polish Women’s Abortion Rights

Today, American Catholics and other reproductive rights activists are rallying against a proposed total ban on abortion at the Polish embassy in Washington, DC. Poland has been rocked by protests since Prime Minister Beata Szydło, backed by the nation’s powerful Catholic hierarchy, indicated she would support the ban. The leader of Szydło’s far-right ruling Law […]

Catholics Welcome Support for Planned Parenthood

Catholics for Choice applauds the recent guidelines issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which clarify current law that prohibits states from excluding qualified healthcare providers like Planned Parenthood from participating in the Medicaid program. Recent months have shown us how antichoice zealots have been willing to contort laws to achieve their end […]

No One Is Practicing What the Catholic Hierarchy Preaches

The release of Pope Francis’ “Amoris Laetitia” (The Joy of Love) today speaks to Catholicism’s greatest secret: there is an immense chasm between church policy and what everyday Catholics practice. The law says one thing, but Catholics the world over behave according to their conscience. In his nine-chapter, approximately 250-page document that spans subjects from […]

Catholics Urge SCOTUS: Protect True Religious Liberty and Birth Control Access

Today, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Zubik v. Burwell, the latest case to challenge the implementation of the no-cost birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The Catholic hierarchy has been a major player in challenging this employee benefit, and it has been leading the charge in Zubik. “The Catholic bishops would […]

Pope Francis Offers Little to Those Facing Zika Crisis: His Business-as-Usual Approach Displays a Blind Spot on Women

Jon O’Brien, the president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement in response to Pope Francis’ recent comments about abortion and contraception on the papal plane back from Mexico: “For the Global North, Francis’ comments about abortion being ‘absolute evil’ are profoundly disappointing and wrong. For the Global South, the pope’s remarks are devastating […]

Catholics for Choice Beats Censorship in Nicaragua

La Prensa, a newspaper in Nicaragua, refused to publish an advertisement that had been booked to run during the papal visit to Mexico unless all references to abortion were deleted. The open letter was sponsored by Catholics for Choice and Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir Nicaragua as part of a campaign asking Pope Francis […]

What Catholics Are Saying About Planned Parenthood on Valentine’s Day

Today, legislators and Planned Parenthood clinics across the United States received an anthology of letters from Catholics in 39 states expressing their appreciation for the services Planned Parenthood provides.  Read the book.                               “At Catholics for Choice, we’re painfully aware that […]

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