In the News - 2004

GANNETT NEWS SERVICE Abortion Overshadowed by Security, Other Issues

  WASHINGTON — President Bush doesn’t talk about it on the campaign trail. Democrat John Kerry discusses it only before small gatherings of supporters. The presidential candidates are giving the traditionally hot-button issue of abortion the silent treatment. Both candidates are quiet because they don’t want to alienate swing voters, pollsters say. “We don’t bring […]

Pamela Brogan

BRIAN LEHRER SHOW Prochoice, Pro-Fetus

  Frances Kissling, President of Catholics for Free Choice, recently urged her group’s members to place more value on the lives of unborn children. Some abortion rights advocates think she’s sold out, but Kissling says it’s time to reevaluate what the movement is all about. The Cardinal of Choice Frances Kissling, president and chief executive […]

Brian Lehrer, Host

Source Life Begins at Conversation

  Those of us who support reproductive rights like to say that polls show most Americans are on our side. The truth is that they are on our side, but. I’ve been an opinion columnist for 15 years, and the public debate that has advanced least during that time is the one about abortion. (For […]

Anna Quindlen

NPR/ MORNING EDITION Last Week’s Elections Spur Groups on Both Sides of the Abortion Debate to Step up Advocacy Efforts

  RENEE MONTAGNE, host: Among the winners in last week’s election were those opposed to abortion rights. President Bush, an abortion-rights opponent, was re-elected over abortion-rights backer John Kerry, and the new Congress will include more members in both the House and Senate who want to make abortion illegal. But the biggest benefit for anti-abortion […]

Julie Rovner

NEWSWEEK The New Crusade

  Fighting for God in a secular Europe, conservative Christians, the Vatican and Islamic militants find a common cause. Once upon a time, when the European Union was a simple common market, matters of faith were left to individual consciences and confessionals. But in 1992 the president of the European Commission, Jacques Delors, called for […]

Carla Power

Independent Liberals Fear Supreme Court May Shift to the Right

  With the Republicans having secured another four years in the White House and expanded their power base in Congress, liberals believe the US Supreme Court could be the next in line for a shift to the right. They said yesterday that the move could threaten such landmark decisions such as Roe v Wade, which […]

Andrew Buncombe

Denver Post Group Challenges Archdiocese’s Tax Exempt Status

  A Catholic group that supports abortion rights called Monday for the Internal Revenue Service to revoke the tax-exempt status of the Denver archdiocese, charging that Archbishop Charles Chaput broke laws about partisan politicking. Washington, D.C.-based Catholics for a Free Choice argues Chaput’s repeated statements about the importance of voting in sync with church teachings […]

Eric Gorski

Associated Press Abortion Rights Group Accuses Archdiocese with Violating Tax-Exempt Status

  A Catholic abortion rights group is asking the Internal Revenue Service to revoke the tax-exempt status of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and halt any further attempts by the archdiocese to influence the Nov. 2 election. The Washington-based Catholics for a Free Choice filed a complaint with the IRS on Tuesday, saying the archdiocese […]

Cheryl Wittenauer

FEMINIST DAILY NEWSWIRE Catholic Bishops Urge Voters to Support Anti-Abortion Candidates in November

  Several high-ranking leaders in the Catholic Church have recently said that the obligation to vote for a candidate who opposes abortion rights is a priority over all other issues in the upcoming presidential election. Some, including Archbishop Charles Chaput of Colorado, have declared that voting for a pro-choice politician is a sin, and must […]

BERGEN COUNTY RECORD Bishop Points toward Bush

  Newark Archbishop John J. Myers is strongly suggesting that Catholics should vote for President Bush in the Nov. 2 presidential election. Myers doesn’t name names, but he declares in today’s edition of The Catholic Advocate that abortion is more important than any other political issue, including the war in Iraq. “Certainly policies on welfare, […]

John Chadwick

Boston Globe Mixing Medicine and Faith


Ellen Goodman

New York Times Federal Health Plans to Include One Shaped by Catholic Tenets

  The Bush administration has broken new ground in its ”faith-based” initiative, this time by offering federal employees a Catholic health plan that specifically excludes payment for contraceptives, abortion, sterilization and artificial insemination. The new plan, announced last week, combines two White House priorities. It is part of a $1 billion project seeking to involve […]

Milt Freudenheim

Associated Press Doctors Object on Moral Grounds

  “That the U.S. Congress would be so callous as to add this kind of provision – that affects only poor women in the most extreme circumstances – is outrageous,” said Frances Kissling, president of Catholics for a Free Choice. Kissling said she was heartened by developments in some states – such as a California […]

David Crary

New York Times Archdiocese Leaves Kerry and President off Guest List

  For more than 50 years, the road to the White House has almost always included a white-tie rest stop at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a charity roast at the Waldorf-Astoria named for the nation’s first Roman Catholic to be a major party’s presidential nominee. Since the dinners were first given in […]

Michael Cooper and Daniel J. Wakin

Associated Press Anti-Abortion Activists Broaden Efforts

  “That the U.S. Congress would be so callous as to add this kind of provision – that affects only poor women in the most extreme circumstances – is outrageous,” said Frances Kissling, president of Catholics for a Free Choice. Kissling said she was heartened by developments in some states – such as a California […]

David Crary

Women's E-News Women Across Globe See Impact of Cairo Pact

  The Cairo Consensus is now 10 years old and its ambitious deadline for improving women’s global health is 10 years away. At this midway point, health care professionals gathered in London to celebrate their successes and reckon with their obstacles. (WOMENSENEWS)–Hundreds of health care advocates from around the world gathered in London last week […]

Allison Stevens

Source Ten Years’ Hard Labor

  More money and less ideology could improve the reproductive health of millions A DECADE ago, the world’s leaders met in Cairo at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). There, they crafted a plan to achieve “reproductive health and rights for all” by 2015. That plan was wide-ranging from more contraception and fewer […]

Reuters Vatican Document Angers, Amuses Women

  Women have reacted with anger and amusement to a Vatican ddocument on feminism, with some saying the Catholic Church is run by men who live in a time warp and want to keep women in their place. The document, issued Saturday, said modern feminism’s fight for power and gender equality was undermining the traditional […]

Philip Pullella

Washington Post Vatican Letter Denounces ‘Lethal Effects’ of Feminism

  The Vatican issued a letter Saturday attacking the “distortions” and “lethal effects” of feminism, which it defined as an effort to erase differences between men and women — a goal, the statement said, that undermines the “natural two-parent structure” of the family and makes “homosexuality and heterosexuality virtually equivalent.” The sharp critique was contained […]

Daniel Williams and Alan Cooperman

DELAWARE NEWS JOURNAL Abortion, Communion Dividing Catholics; Pro-Choice Politicians Felling Church’s Backlash

  At St. Joseph’s on the Brandywine, the Rev. Msgr. Joseph F. Rebman is hearing many views from Catholics who sense a new direction in the church. In conversations with some of the Greenville church’s 2,600 parishioners, Rebman said they have taken note that recently some bishops have announced they will deny the Holy Eucharist […]

Gary Soulsman

Associated Press Archbishop Defends Statement on Communion, Abortion Rights Supporters

  Frances Kissling, the Catholics for Free Choice president, laughed when informed of Myers’ assertion. “It’s inconceivable that the bishop would think that this would bring Catholics back to the church,” said Kissling. “They were driven out in the 60’s by the decision to forbid birth control, and they’re not likely to come back because […]

Steve Strunsky

GUARDIAN Catholics Politicians Face US Church Ban over Abortion Laws

  America’s Catholic church yesterday faced the prospect of a backlash from its congregations against a campaign by hardline bishops to deny the sacrament to politicians who support abortion rights. In a letter to Washington’s Cardinal Theodore McCarrick published yesterday, 48 Catholic Democrats in the House of Representatives, chastised church leaders for seeking to punish […]

Suzanne Goldenberg

Religion News Service Most Dioceses Lack Formal Sanctions for Prochoice Politicians

  A survey by an abortion rights group shows that nearly two-thirds of Catholic dioceses have no formal policy about restricting Communion for pro-choice politicians. Research by Catholics for a Free Choice showed that 62 percent of dioceses have an informal policy on how to treat politicians who dissent from the church’s opposition to abortion, […]

New York Times Democrats Criticize Bishops for Threat to Deny Communion

  Forty-eight Roman Catholic members of Congress who are Democrats have signed a letter to the cardinal archbishop of Washington, D.C., saying the threats by some bishops to deny communion to politicians who support abortion rights were ”deeply hurtful,” counterproductive and ”miring the Church in partisan politics.” The letter is the first organized counter-punch by […]

Laurie Goodstein

Washington Times More Bishops Inject Faith into Catholic Political Life

  Two more Catholic bishops have waded into election-year politics by telling members of their dioceses they should stop taking Communion if they are at odds with church teachings and if they vote for politicians who advocate policies contrary to church teachings. Portland, Ore., Archbishop John G. Vlazny declared in a May 6 column in […]

Julia Duin

People's Daily Rally in Washington for Abortion Rights

  Abortion-rights supporters marched in the hundreds of thousands Sunday, galvanized by what they see as an erosion of reproductive freedoms under U.S. President Bush and foreign policies that hurt women worldwide. Amid the clamor of an election year, the throng of demonstrators flooded the National Mall. Their target: Bush, like-minded officials in federal and […]

Inter Press Service Women in Massive Protest Demand Reproductive Rights

  Women from Albania to Zambia joined hundreds of thousands of men and women from the United States on Sunday to charge that the Bush administration’s assault on women’s reproductive health rights is costing lives worldwide. U.S. policies are, in particular, raising maternal mortality rates, due to botched abortions and shortfalls in funding for family-planning […]

Jim Lobe

GUARDIAN Thousands March for Abortion Rights

  Abortion-rights supporters marched in the hundreds of thousands Sunday, galvanized by what they see as an erosion of reproductive freedoms under President Bush and foreign policies that hurt women worldwide. Amid the clamor of an election year, the throng of demonstrators flooded the National Mall. Their target: Bush, like-minded officials in federal and state […]

Elizabeth Wolfe

Chicago Tribune Abortion-Rights March Targets Bush

  WASHINGTON — Abortion-rights activists turned out by the hundreds of thousands Sunday, packing the National Mall with a sea of pink signs and a warning to the White House that they will go to the polls in November. The ACLU and Planned Parenthood, along with about 1,400 other organizations, organized the March for Women’s […]

Kristina Herndobler

Los Angeles Times Abortion Issue Pushes Kerry’s Faith to Fore

  A cardinal’s stance against Communion for Catholic officials who back abortion rights sets off a political and religious furor. Sen. John F. Kerry saw his Catholic faith pushed to the center of the nation’s political stage Friday as he expressed unabashed support for abortion rights, even as a top Vatican official issued a statement […]

James Rainy and Maria L. LaGanga

CNN Vatican Cardinal Fuels Religious Dispute

  VATICAN CITY (CNN) — Just hours before Sen. John Kerry was scheduled to discuss his support for legalized abortion at a large women’s rights rally Friday in Washington, a top Vatican cardinal called on priests to deny communion to Catholic politicians like Kerry who take that stance. In a news conference to announce the […]

Chicago Tribune For Some Clergy, Legal Abortion is a Basic Right

  Sister Donna Quinn, a Palos Hills resident, attended the last two and is flying to this one with four other nuns. Rev. Nan Conser, a retired United Church of Christ minister in Golf, never went before but is going with a group of 10 clergy and lay people. Rev. Larry Greenfield, an American Baptist […]

Gail Schmoller Philbin

Roll Call Church Scrutiny More Prevalent for Members

  In the wake of Sen. John Kerry’s (D-Mass.) standoff with some church officials over abortion, some Catholic activists are warning that other Roman Catholic lawmakers at odds with the church’s anti-abortion stance should be prepared to face considerable scrutiny and even the potential of sanctions from church officials this election year. “The pressure has […]

Amy Keller

Religion News Service Religious Voices to Join Chorus Calling to Keep Abortion Legal

  WASHINGTON — As hundreds of thousands of abortion rights supporters make plans to head to this city for the March for Women’s Lives, contingents of religious and faith-based organizations are selling their T-shirts and preparing their banners for the Sunday (April 25) event. The Rev. Carlton Veazey, president of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive […]

Adelle M. Banks

Boston Globe Putting Kerry on ‘Wafer Watch’

  A wafer watch? One of the more unseemly stories of the Easter weekend hovered around the controversy over Kerry and Catholicism. The intra-church debates about whether a prochoice, pro-civil union Kerry could consider himself a good Catholic ratcheted up into a public spectacle about whether he would step up to the altar and whether […]

Ellen Goodman

WE! Catholics Say Church Should Revise Age-Old Provisions

  People from three Catholic-dominated countries believe the Church should start revising its age-old provisions to enable Catholics to adopt a healthier, flexible and plausible lifestyle. This was the major conclusion gathered from the study of three Catholic-dominated countries, namely Bolivia, Colombia and Mexico. Entitled “Attitudes of Catholics on Reproductive Rights, Church-State, and Related Issues: […]

Associated Press Group Says Many Catholics Oppose Vatican on Sexual Behavior Issues

  NEW YORK — Catholics for a Free Choice last week released a new report that shows global Catholic public opinion varies on issues including sexual behavior and condom use to prevent HIV/AIDS from the Vatican, according to a news release from the organization. The United Nations is hosting the Commission on Population & Development […]

PALM BEACH BUSINESS REVIEW Worker Contraception Coverage Upheld in California

  Even if they say that doing so violates the basic tenets of their religion, employers must provide coverage for contraception as part of employee health care plans, the California Supreme Court has ruled. The court said employers, even church-affiliated employers, must qualify as a “religious employer” in order to be exempt from a state […]

Marcia Coyle

RELIGIOUS CONSULTATION Vatican Wants Special Exemption from EU Policy

  “If the Vatican succeeds in its goal to gain special consultative status within the EU a great number of people could face discrimination and be denied their human rights,” declared Elfriede Harth, on behalf of Catholics for a Free Choice-Europe. The Vatican wants a special exemption from EU policy so that the Catholic church […]

WASHINGTON BLADE Condoms4Life Campaign Targets Gay Catholics

  WASHINGTON — Gay Catholics are the target audience of a new global public education effort by Catholics For a Free Choice, the group said in a press release this week. The program attempts to counter what the organization calls “Vatican misinformation on condoms,” and also seeks to end the Catholic bishops’ ban on condoms, […]

Agence France Presse Bush on the Spot Again over UN Population Fund China Claims

  President George W. Bush Friday faced new pressure to reverse a US decision to pull 34 million dollars in financing from the UN Population Fund over claims its programs support forced abortion in China. The fund welcomed the US Senate’s action in passing a 2004 foreign Operations spending bill late Thursday, which included 34 […]

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