Press Releases - 2017

Catholics for Choice Hosts Religious Freedom Event at the Newseum

Washington, DC-At a time when religious freedom debates are front and center in Washington, Catholics for Choice will host a major public event on the issue on October 16 at the Newseum. Convened in partnership with the Newseum’s Religious Freedom Center and Spiked magazine, “Church and State: How Separate Should They Be?” will feature thought […]

Trump Administration Hands Win to Bishops at the Expense of Women’s Healthcare

Washington, DC—Today the Trump administration handed a big political win to Catholic bishops and religious ultraconservatives by carving out sweeping exemptions to the birth control requirement in the Affordable Care Act. The decision—which broadens the original exemption for “religious employers”—allows any organization or corporation to deny birth control insurance coverage for religious objections or vaguely […]

Illinois Leads the Way for Women’s Abortion Access

On the heels of the anniversary of the passage of the federal Hyde Amendment, Governor Bruce Rauner took a bold step by announcing he will sign into law House Bill 40, allowing state public funding for abortion and ensuring it remains legal in Illinois. Jon O’Brien, President of Catholics for Choice issued the following statement. […]

Catholics for Choice launches Second Phase of Abortion in Good Faith ad campaign

This week, Catholics for Choice released the second phase of its multi-year campaign Abortion in Good Faith that lifts up the voices of everyday Catholics nationwide who believe that all women deserve the right to equitable reproductive healthcare, including abortion access —no matter how much money they have, where they live or what they believe. […]

Over a dozen progressive Catholic organizations express disappointment over Bishop Paprocki’s decree

Washington DC— Over a dozen progressive Catholic organizations representing diversity within the Church signed a joint letter to Bishop Thomas Paprocki expressing disappointment over a decree he issued denying communion and funeral rites for same sex spouses. The groups—representing a broad coalition of feminist, LGBTQI and prochoice Catholic voices– called upon the bishop to unite […]

Trump Administration Horse Trades Women’s Health for Religious Special Interests

Sara Hutchinson Ratcliffe, Domestic Program Director Catholics for Choice issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s anticipated roll back of the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate, which expands dramatically the ability of any corporation to seek a moral or religious exemption to deny birth control coverage in their employer insurance. “Make […]

Warning: US Foreign Assistance Can Kill You

Jon O’Brien, President of Catholics for Choice issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s directive to US agencies significantly expanding the Global Gag Rule on foreign assistance. “With this action, President Trump continues to provide political payback to antiabortion groups. This action will shut out qualified, experienced aid groups which refuse to toe […]

Catastrophic, Callous and Cruel— GOP Bill Guts Social Justice

Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted to pass a GOP bill to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act that guts coverage for millions of Americans, defunds Planned Parenthood and reverses Medicaid expansion. Jon O’Brien, President of Catholics for Choice issued the following statement: “As Catholics who live by social justice we are compelled to […]

President Trump Takes Steps to Destroy the First Amendment

Jon O’Brien, President of Catholics for Choice issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s release of an executive order to grant sweeping exemptions from federal regulations to religious individuals and organizations, including lifting restrictions that prevent tax-exempt houses of worship from engaging in partisan political activity. “This executive action by President Trump is […]

Catholics for Choice Condemns House Minority Leader Pelosi for Remarks on Abortion

Catholics for Choice issued a letter today to US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi condemning her remarks discarding the importance of prochoice principles to the Democratic Party. Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement on behalf of the organization: “As Catholics, we are dismayed by Minority Leader Pelosi’s out of touch […]

Religious Groups Announce Support for Planned Parenthood

Washington DC— Over 60 faith based organizations across the country signed a letter to Congress reaffirming their support for Planned Parenthood, which was featured in an ad that appeared today in The Washington Times and The Hill. The ad comes on the heels of renewed efforts by the far right to push for defunding Planned […]

On UNFPA Trump is Not Letting Facts Get in the Way of Political Pay Back

The Trump administration’s decision to deny funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will hurt millions of vulnerable women around the world.  The announcement of this decision on the same week as the 50th session of the Commission on Population and Development is a deliberate slap in the face of women as the UN […]

Catholic Leaders across the Nation Reaffirm Support for Planned Parenthood

Today, over 100 Catholic state leaders and legislators from 33 states joined together to reaffirm their support for Planned Parenthood in a two-page spread in Politico.  The House Freedom Caucus and other ultraconservatives in Congress are bent on using any legislation necessary to defund the organization, including possibly holding hostage the continuing resolution to keep […]

Media Advisory: US delegation to CSW includes groups bent on dismantling UN reproductive health institutions

To: Reporters From: Catholics for Choice Date: 15 March 2017 Re: US delegation to CSW includes groups bent on dismantling UN development and reproductive health institutions The Trump administration’s agenda to “deconstruct the administrative state,” as stated by White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was made evident to global allies at this week’s sixty-first session […]

“She Decides” Conference: The International Response To Trump’s Global Gag Rule

She Decides is a new global initiative on sexual health and family planning that aims to support the fundamental right of women and girls to decide if, when and with whom they want to have children. The She Decides initiative is in response to President Trump’s reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy, better known as […]

Catholics Cannot Support Gorsuch

Statement from Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, on the Gorsuch nomination for SCOTUS: President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court throws American women’s reproductive rights under the bus and puts real religious freedom in jeopardy. Rather than being the candidate some thought would shake up Washington, the president is […]

Catholics Support EACH Woman Act

Today, Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) have introduced the EACH Woman Act alongside Pro-Choice Caucus Co-Chairs Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and 100 other members of Congress. This bill ends bans on federal funding for abortion services—like the Hyde Amendment—and ensures that every woman in the United States can access […]

Trump’s America Takes 10 Steps Back, Reinstates Global Gag Rule

Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued a statement today decrying the reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule by President Donald J. Trump. “Today’s decision reinstating the Mexico City Policy, or the Global Gag Rule as it is better known, is a huge step backwards for the United States as a responsible global leader, […]

Is Your Health Care Compromised When You Walk through the Doors of a Catholic Medical Facility? New Report Looks at the Big Business of Catholic Healthcare

More than one in six hospital beds is Catholic-owned or –affiliated, and millions of people rely on Catholic healthcare each day in the U.S. Whether they are seeking routine or life-saving medical care, are their options more limited than would be offered at a secular facility? The newly released report, Is Your Health Care Compromised? […]

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