International Affairs

De Buena Fe

2010, 24 pp.
En este folleto, Catholics for Choice ofrece una breve reseña de algunos de los temas principales del debate actual en América Latina, incluso la manera en que se ha manipulado el concepto de la conciencia en el contexto de la salud reproductiva y los derechos reproductivos.

Spaniards’ Views on Abortion Analysis of a nationwide public opinion survey in Spain

Click here for the full results of the poll in Spanish.
November 2009
The Spanish public is currently engaged in a national debate over potential changes to the nation’s abortion laws. Belden Russonello & Stewart worked with Catholics for Choice to conduct public opinion research on Spaniards’ attitudes toward abortion and their views on Catholic Bishops’ efforts to restrict access to abortion. The short survey reported here is based on 1,001 interviews with Spaniards age 18 and over, conducted from November 10 to 13, 2009.

Religion & Politics in the New Europe

2008, 68 pp. 
Catholics for Choice organized the Religion & Politics in the New Europe forum on November 27, 2007 which brought together more than 100 members of the European Parliament, experts, advocates and public policy professionals. Bringing together those on both sides of the debate, many for the first time, the forum was part of a continuing and wide-ranging dialogue about the relationship between our government institutions and organized religious influences. This report helps create a better understanding of what should be the appropriate role for religion in contemporary politics.

Catholics for Choice Presentation to the European Parliament

9 April 2008
Catholics for Choice European Representative Elfriede Harth presented information to a hearing in the European Parliament on April 9, 2008, on women’s rights in Latin America and reproductive heath. It was attended by about 100 MEPs, and other staff from the parliament and the European Commission.

Special Report on Poland: Exorcising the Past, Imperiling the Future

Conscience, European Supplement (2006)
Barbara Crossette traces the political history of Poland before and after the fall of communism, revealing the impact that different governments and political systems had on women’s rights and healthcare. She highlights many aspects of the debate, including the role of the Catholic hierarchy, illegal abortion, a prochoice but politically inactive public as well as Poland’s role on the international stage.

A World View: Catholic Attitudes on Sexual Behavior and Reproductive Health

2004, 28 pp.

Also available in Spanish

An indispensable report that provides opinion data, demographical information and behaviors of Catholics from dozens of countries around the world. While the institutional Roman Catholic church – at the global, national and local levels – exerts substantial influence on public policy and even medical practices in reproductive health, the data reveal that the policies advocated by the pope and bishops do not reflect the diversity of attitudes and practices among Catholic people themselves. On contraception, abortion, condoms for HIV-prevention and other matters of family life, Catholic attitudes and behavior often clash with church teaching.


Conscience Vol. XXV – No. 3 (2004)
The Holy See backs off from its claim for full membership of the UN, settling for the same rights already held by Palestine.

Preserving Power and Privilege: The Vatican’s Agenda in the European Union

2003, 43 pp.
This investigative report exposes the truth about the Roman Catholic church’s activities in the European Union. Issues such as the European Constitution, abortion, the family and the future of religious freedom in the European Union are discussed as elements of the Holy See’s European plans.

Catholic Voices on the Rights of Women in Africa

2003, 20 pp. 
Highlights the common ground between the Beijing conference Platform for Action and Catholic social teaching in several key areas. Recommendations include informing Catholics and other individuals about what they can do to challenge the church and society to ensure that the human rights of women and girls are realized.

The United Nations Population Fund in China: A Catalyst for Change

2003, 55 pp. 
In 2003, CFFC sent an interfaith delegation to China to investigate claims that the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) was participating in coercive practices regarding reproductive health choices. This report details their findings and makes the case that not only is UNFPA not participating in coercion, but in counties where there is a UNFPA presence, women’s reproductive health and freedom has dramatically improved.

The Holy See and the Convention on the Rights of the Child: A Shadow Report

2002, 42 pp. 
After CFFC presented a preliminary report on the worldwide problem of sexual abuse of children and adolescents by Catholic clergy and religious to the Committee on the Rights of the Child at the UN, the Committee invited CFFC to develop this report to detail the Holy See’s compliance as a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The report delineates how the Holy See is skirting the Convention and what action steps need to be taken immediately.  See also the executive summary.

Religion and Public Policy at the UN

2000, 70 pp. 
A comprehensive report based on research, case studies and analysis by the Religion Counts project to make clear the role of religion at the United Nations and its world forums.

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