In the News - 2012

Washington Examiner Credo: Jon O’Brien of Catholics for Choice

  Jon O’Brien grew up in Dublin and worked in Eastern Europe before immigrating to the United States in 1996. He is now a D.C. resident and president of the advocacy group Catholics for Choice, which works on issues ranging from abortion to AIDS to religion in public life. Do you consider yourself to be […]

Liz Essley

RH Reality Check Inter-American Court Approves Access to IVF in Costa Rica

Last month, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued a final ruling in favor of the right to access in vitro fertilization (IVF) in Costa Rica. This is a win for women and Catholics and a blow to the bishops and conservatives who want to deny individuals the right to decide whether and when to […]

Jacqueline Nolley Echegaray

RH Reality Check The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics

When people ask me why Catholics for Choice decided to make a movie, my answer usually starts with a story about a long train ride in the company of a prominent theologian a few years ago. I knew that this gentleman felt uncomfortable with many of the positions taken by Catholics for Choice, and so […]

Jon O'Brien

Los Angeles Times Philippine Congress OKs bill to offer birth control to poor women

  Ignoring the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ warning that “contraception corrupts the soul,” the Philippine Congress on Monday passed a sweeping bill that would provide birth control to millions of poor women. The historic votes, with bishops and nuns sitting glumly in the gallery, came after the Catholic hierarchy and its political supporters […]

Kenneth R. Weiss and Sol Vanzi

Philippine Daily Inquirer Abortion and motherhood

  What does it mean to be “proabortion”? It means to favor abortion as the primary means of terminating or avoiding a pregnancy, to favor it above contraception, which seeks to prevent and protect against an unwanted or mistimed pregnancy. So what does Sen. Tito Sotto, whose muddled thinking on reproductive health is getting increasingly […]

Rina Jimenez-David

Patheos - The Friendship Atheist Political Bishops

Earlier this week I wrote about and shared the video of the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, on The Daily Show promoting his new book God Believes in Love. Earlier this fall, I wrote about the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, Thomas Paprocki, and his charged political statements that voting for Democrats […]

Caryn Riswold

Austin American-Statesman Critics wary of Catholic teaching hospital for new UT medical school

  Plans to establish a medical school at the University of Texas and train its students at a Catholic-owned teaching hospital have rekindled debate over public health care services for women and the impact of Vatican rules against birth control. Local health and university officials said they don’t see a problem with a partnership between […]

Ralph K.M. Haurwitz

Inter Press Service Major New U.S. AIDS Plan Disallows Funding for Family Planning

  At perhaps a critical turning point in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, the U.S. government, the single largest funder in that fight, on Thursday unveiled a major new strategy for pushing towards achieving an “AIDS-free generation”, the stated U.S. goal. The far-reaching new blueprint for what’s known as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS […]

Carey Biron

Washington Times Communities Leading OB-GYN group endorses greater contraceptive access

  The nation’s largest organization of women’s health professionals said Tuesday that it now supports allowing over-the-counter sales of all oral contraceptives. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) said in a policy statement released Tuesday evening that making birth control available for women without a doctor’s prescription would help decrease the rate of […]

Keely Brazil

CN Belief Blog Liberal Catholics use election results to battle bishops

Emboldened by the re-election of President Barack Obama, a cadre of liberal Catholic activists and groups is waging a campaign alleging that America’s Catholic bishops are out of touch with Catholic laypeople. The Catholic bishops, who are in Baltimore this week for a quarterly meeting, spoke out against the Obama administration during the election cycle […]

Dan Merica

NOTIZIE RADICALI NO a un caso “Buttiglione bis” o “Dalli BIS”: l’Associazione radicale Certi Diritti chiede all’UE di non nominare Tonio Borg commissario europeo alla sanità

  L’Associazione Radicale Certi Diritti si appella al Presidente della Commissione europea José Manuel Barroso, alla commissione sanità ed ambiente del PE ed al governo maltese per rivedere la nomina di Tonio Borg a Commissario europeo. A seguito delle dimissioni improvvise del Commissario europeo maltese alla salute John Dalli, volute dal Presidente della Commissione europea […]

NEW EUROPE Borg: a suitable candidate?

  Ahead of Tonio Borg’s hearing on his candidature for the position of EU commissioner for health, there have been strong suggestions that his strongly-held personal views make him an unsuitable nominee. The commissioner-designate will go before the European parliament’s health committee on 13 November to face questions on his political views, and whether or […]

Cillian Donnelly

Malta Star Will Tonio Borg fill the seat?

  Tonio Borg could soon be responsible for creating laws that will affect the lives of millions of Europeans if he is appointed as health and consumer affairs commissioner. Before this happens, Parliament will submit him to an intense grilling to assess his suitability. The room is filling up for what seemingly augurs an interesting […]

Baltimore Sun Catholic Bishops struggle with message on gay marriage

  Meeting for the first time since voters in Maryland and two other states legalized same-sex marriage, members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Tuesday that they have no plans to soften their position that genuine marriage can only occur between one man and one woman. “Are (the results) concerning? Sure they are,” […]

Jonathan Pitts

MALTA TODAY MEPs, European NGOs to call for rejection of Tonio Borg

  A coalition of Catholics, LGBT activists and other NGOs will be holding a press conference in Brussels later today, calling for the rejection of Tonio Borg’s nomination as EU Commissioner. The civil society organisations are calling on the European Parliament to reject his nomination and on EU Commission President Barosso to withdraw the nomination […]

Jurgen Balzan

Malta Star EU NGOs reject nomination of Tonio Borg

  A coalition of eight civil society organizations is calling on the European Parliament to reject the nomination of Tonio Borg as the next EU Health Commissioner and on EU Commission President Barosso to withdraw the nomination of Tonio Borg. The eight civil society organizations are: Catholics for Choice, Confederation of Family Organisations in the […]

Agence France Presse Les évêques catholiques attaquent la réforme Obama

  Les évêques catholiques américains, réunis pour trois jours en assemblée générale à Baltimore, ont affirmé lundi ne pas désarmer dans leur lutte contre la réforme de santé du président Barack Obama, à peine réélu, ainsi que contre le mariage homosexuel. L’archevêque de Baltimore William Lori a répété devant les quelque 300 évêques de la […]

Philippine Daily Inquirer Women and the bishops in US polls

  WHO MADE Barack Obama win a second term, what many called a “second chance,” as US President? A wire report attributed his victory to a coalition of “Hispanic, African-American and young voters.” But Nancy K. Kaufman, a blogger for “Politics Daily,” wrote a day before the elections that the “deciding demographic of this year’s […]

Rina Jimenez-David

Religion Dispatches Why the Great Religious Realignment is a Great Secular Opportunity

  As I wrote in the wee hours of the morning, last night’s election results show that we’re undergoing a great religious realignment, one in which “nones” share an equal proportion of the electorate with evangelicals, one in which “nones” helped drive President Obama to a reelection victory, one in which an increasing number of “nones” are non-believers, […]

Sarah Posner

Associated Press University of San Diego pulls fellowship for British theologian who backs gay marriage

A British theologian who has expressed support for gay marriage said the University of San Diego withdrew a fellowship because of her views. Tina Beattie released a letter from the president of the Catholic school that said the invitation was being pulled because she dissents from church teachings.University President Mary Lyons didn’t elaborate in her […]

Elliot Spagat

Religion Dispatches Catholics Choose Conscience Over Church

  A full-page ad in the New York Times is my idea of making a statement. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s buy on October 28, 2012 is a clean, clear investment in getting their message across. The half-fold portrait of the Rev. Graham, albeit a bit dated, accompanies a strong statement of highlights of the […]

Mary E. Hunt

Chicago Sun-Times Leader of pro-choice Catholic group clashes with bishops

  Jon O’Brien says he’s a good Catholic. Though his leadership of the group “Catholics for Choice” puts him in clear opposition to Church positions on contraception and reproduction, “I believe in the totality of Catholic teaching, and that includes the right to dissent and freedom of conscience,” he said. “I’m a real traditionalist,” he […]

Maureen O’Donnell

WINDY CITY TIMES Catholics for Choice president on religion and LGBT individuals

  Jon O’Brien, the president of Catholics for Choice whose pro-gay and pro-choice stances have put him at odds with some church leaders, is Chicago-bound this week. O’Brien is among the featured speakers at this year’s Personal PAC Annual Awards Luncheon Oct. 30. Windy City Times caught up with O’Brien to talk about his views […]

Kate Sosin

Denver Post Catholics lean toward Dems, but “moderates” could swing this election

  If all Catholics listened to their bishops, then it would be easy to predict how one of the biggest blocs in the country would vote. But they don’t. And it isn’t. This election season, U.S. bishops have orchestrated a forceful campaign urging Catholics, who make up at least 22 percent of the 2012 electorate, […]

Electa Draper

NAPLES NEWS Guest column: Vote no on Amendment 6

  Nobody likes to be told what to do — especially when it’s a matter of health. Like most people, when I face a health-care decision, I want to be able to consult the people I trust for advice. I talk to my doctor and my family. I might consult my minister or spiritual adviser. […]

Char Wendel

TALKING POINTS MEMO Poll: Majority Of Catholics Favor Obama, Oppose Abortion As Top Issue

  The majority of American Catholics favor President Barack Obama, according to a poll released last week from Belden Russonello Strategists and commissioned by Catholics for Choice, a pro-choice organization. Forty-six percent of the 1,000 Catholic likely voters surveyed said they would vote for Obama next month, with 41 percent opting for Gov. Romney and […]

Casey Michel

RH Reality Check Catholics Not Concerned About Abortion, Gay Marriage, Says Catholics For Choice Poll

Despite a continuing push to challenge the Affordable Care Act, the no co-pay birth control mandate, and a call to protect “religious freedoms,” a new poll released today by Catholics for Choice shows that a vast number of self-identified Catholics are more interested in job creation and the economy than they are in the agenda […]

Robin Marty

WABE 90.1 FM Atlanta Archdiocese Files Suit over Birth Control Mandate

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta has joined dozens of other organizations in filing a lawsuit against the federal government. The suit seeks to overturn the so-called birth control mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In an interview with WABE, Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory said he is aware that the lawsuit comes […]

Lisa George

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Archdiocese files suit over birth control mandate

  The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta has joined dozens of other religious institutions to have filed lawsuits seeking to overturn the so-called birth control mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The archdiocese’s suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, said the institution seeks to vindicate one of the country’s most […]

Bill Rankin

Reuters Anti-abortion activists prepare for battle in Ireland

  Patricia Casey’s views on abortion were formed at the age of 12 when she came across an image of what looked to her like a torn-apart baby – an aborted foetus. Now, at 25 a veteran anti-abortion campaigner in the semi-autonomous UK province of Northern Ireland, she’s committed to a fight to ensure the […]

Lorraine Turner

INDEPENDENT VOTER NETWORK Pro-Choice and Pro-Life Democrats: Can They Coexist?

The notion of a “big tent” coalition is a thought that takes extreme precedence in the current two-party state that dominates American democracy. Building a political coalition, for Democrats and Republicans, becomes a high-wire tightrope walk which requires subtlety, nuance, and persuasion. An example of that balancing act pertains to President Barack Obama and his […]

Patrick Cassidy

STATELINE Religious liberty emerges as sensitive political issue

  Earlier this month, in nearly identical benedictions at the two national political conventions, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York talked about the importance of religious liberty. He called it “the first, most cherished freedom bequeathed upon us at our Founding.” Few delegates in Tampa or Charlotte had any reason to challenge this language. The […]

Melissa Maynard

WASHINGTON POST - GUEST VOICES Religious freedom debate off the Democratic convention floor

All the action in Charlotte this week isn’t on the floor of the Democratic National Convention. Issue briefings give activists on any number of topics opportunities to engage delegates, virtually all of whom are opinion leaders back home. I took part in such a briefing Tuesday (like one that was also offered at the Republican […]

Harry Knox

RH Reality Check Progressive Groups Call on Democrats to Support Religious Freedom

Progressive religious and human rights groups today gathered in Charlotte, North Carolina, site of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and called on the Democratic National Committee to “stand up for people of faith and [of] no faith and not allow conservative politicians and religious leaders to redefine the meaning of religious liberty.” Both during and […]

Jodi Jacobson

The Daily Beast 5 Things to Watch at the DNC

  The schedule for the Democratic National Convention is laid out a little differently than the RNC’s, at least on the first day. Where the Republicans offered a series of speeches one after another, on Tuesday the Democrats will mix major speeches with panel discussions. Here’s The Daily Beast’s guide for what to watch on […]

Caitlin Dickson

The American Prospect Holy Rollers

        The Sisters of Saint Joseph are waiting for a bus, glistening ever so slightly as they stand in the near-100-degree heat of a late June afternoon, huddled under a couple of pine trees that border an asphalt parking lot in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. The blocky, charmless building the lot services is home […]

Clare Malone

Washington Times Communities Jon O’Brien on speaking up for pro-choice Catholics

  The Catholic church has been planted solidly in the middle of arguments over reproductive rights this year. At the same time, attitudes in the church are starting to shift. Where are American Catholics going on reproductive rights? In this final part of our discussion, Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, shares his thoughts […]

Joseph Cotto

Washington Times Communities Asking Jon O’Brien: Can you be Catholic and pro-choice?

  For Roman Catholics, few issues are so divisive as reproductive rights. Over the last several decades, as countries the world over have legalized contraceptives and abortion procedures, attitudes have changed considerably. Today, many Catholics believe that modern technology should be used to allow women to avoid pregnancy. Despite this, the Church hierarchy remains staunchly […]

Joseph Cotto

Salon Bishops: God votes Republican

  Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, is scheduled to deliver the concluding benediction at the Republican National Convention next week, after Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech. The Eternal Word Television Network leaked word of Dolan’s appearance last night in a press release about Romney’s exclusive appearance, to be aired tonight, on the […]

Sarah Posner

Religion News Service Conservative groups release survey on religious hostility

  Two conservative groups have released a “Survey of Religious Hostility in America,” which seeks to draw attention to a “relentless onslaught” against religious people and institutions. “America today would be unrecognizable to our Founders,” according to the report, unveiled on Monday (Aug. 20) by the Texas-based Liberty Institute and the Washington-based Error! Hyperlink reference […]

Lauren Markoe

WISCONSIN GAZETTE Republicans for gay equality, choice urge an inclusive GOP platform

  A coalition of advocates from women’s rights and gay rights organizations urged the Republican Party platform committee to bring an inclusive and moderate document to the convention. The Republican Party Committee on Resolutions aka the platform committee has been meeting in Tampa, Fla., to finalize a draft to present to delegates at the national […]

The Irish Times US sisters are doing it for themselves

  THIS SUMMER, a group of nuns boarded a bus and undertook to travel to nine states in the US. The bus was painted an unmissable sky-blue, complete with clouds, and it bore their message in large letters. “Nuns on the bus,” it announced, beside the slogan that read more tamely: “Nuns drive for faith, […]

Frieda Klotz

Malta Star Porcu’s arrival means Vatican-controlled IVF

  Local IVF practitioners are interpreting government’s decision to bring ultra-conservative Catholic Eleonora Porcu to Malta as an IVF expert as a move in the direction of having the local IVF facilities at Mater Dei under the control of the Vatican. Porcu has been Medical Doctor and Assistant Professor in Reproductive Medicine at the University […]

Reuters US rule highlights Catholic tensions over contraception

  New rules requiring free access to prescription birth control for women with health insurance go into effect on Wednesday, but controversy lingers at some Catholic institutions struggling to balance the requirement with their opposition to contraception. At Georgetown University, the nation’s oldest Catholic university, students and administration officials are still wrestling with the requirement […]

Susan Heavey

Religion Dispatches Religious Leaders Accuse Conservatives of Misleading Public on Contraception

  The Rev. Harry Knox, the new president and CEO of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, hit opposition to the Affordable Care Act with some harsh words on Monday, at an RCRC-hosted press conference launching a “celebration and education campaign for contraceptive coverage.” In a statement, Knox called opponents of contraceptive coverage “false prophets,” […]

Katie Toth

Politico Some contraception rule supporters worried about other lawsuits

  The leader of a Catholic group that supports abortion rights said Monday he’s worried that Friday’s decision blocking enforcement of the contraceptive coverage rule for just one company could open the floodgates for more lawsuits. “There is no guarantee that the other cases and other judges will not extend the ruling more broadly,” Jon […]

Kathryn Smith

Channel News Asia Around 4.2 million people live with HIV in Asia-Pac region

  Catholics for Choice senior adviser Magdalena Lopez was featured in a Channel News Asia story on the spread of HIV/AIDS in many Asian countries, including the Philippines. This segment was originally published by Channel News Asia.

Nick Harper

Philippine Daily Inquirer Catholics, condoms and the RH bill

  Well, what do you know… It seems that President Benigno Aquino III’s brief mention, almost in passing, in his State of the Nation Address of the importance of “responsible parenthood” lit a fire under the bottoms of the House and Senate leadership. Now the long-delayed Reproductive Health bill is “on the verge” of passage, […]

Rina Jimenez-David

WFDC NEWS Controversial campaña sobre el uso de preservativos

    Una organizacion sin fines de lucro cambia los parametros de algunas posiciones de la iglesia catolica sobre el uso de preservativos para parevenir enfermedades de transmision sexual. This story was originally aired by WFCD News.

TRUSTLAW The Word on Women – When is a condom more than a condom?

  When is a condom more than a condom? When it becomes the catalyst for controversy, intimidation and even criminal prosecution, as it has in many places around the world today, a panel of experts said Sunday. “There is no reason, in my opinion, why an inert piece of rubber should cause so much conflict […]

Lisa Anderson

Religion News Service Amid political battle, Catholic bishops promote ‘natural’ family planning

  Amid a battle with President Barack Obama over a new contraception mandate, the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops are promoting “natural” family planning — but will their flock take heed? When the Obama administration in January announced that employers will have to provide contraception coverage to their employees, U.S. Catholic bishops took the lead in […]

Lauren Markoe

RELIGION & POLITICS Fortnight for Freedom: Whose Religious Liberty?

  When the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops kicked off their “Fortnight for Freedom” campaign almost two weeks ago, they chose an auspicious feast day to start. On the Church’s liturgical calendar, June 21 commemorates two martyrs who suffered political persecution: St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, who were killed under Henry VIII for […]

Jessica Coblentz

RELIGION NEWS SERVICE - LAW & POLITICS Religious groups react to Supreme Court health care ruling

Religious groups and social conservatives are reacting to the Supreme’s Court’s historic ruling, which largely upholds President Obama’s health care law, the Affordable Care Act. RNS will provide live updates here throughout the day, so make sure you keep an eye on this space. Sr. Carol Keehan, president and chief executive officer of the Catholic […]

David Gibson

Religion Dispatches Anti-Contraception Activists Claim Their Suits are Last Resort to Undermine Health Care

  Almost immediately after the Supreme Court’s decision this morning upholding the Affordable Care Act as constitutional, anti-abortion and anti-contraception activists began sending out press releases claiming they would continue to fight the law on the grounds that the Act funds abortion care (which is false), and through their lawsuits against the contraception mandate. Short […]

Sarah Posner

Religion Dispatches Pro-Life Org Sued for Sexual Abuse During Exorcism

  Annie Gowen at the Washington Post has written a lucid and troubling article about a lawsuit filed in Arlington this week against Human Life International. The lawsuit alleges that Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, a Catholic priest and former president of HLI, sexually abused a woman who had turned to him for counseling—and that he did so under the […]

Sarah Morice-Brubaker

DAGSAVISEN Guddommelig stillhet i syndens by

  Read this article in English. Nícholas Souza de Carvalho er fire år gammel, og hadde moren hans fått bestemme selv, hadde han ikke blitt født. Han er som de fleste guttunger på fire år – energisk – og herjer og leker med halvsøsteren sin, Victoria Louise på halvannet år. De bor i Rio de […]

Bente Rognan Gravklev

The Nation Who’s Afraid of Secular Government?

  When 43 Catholic dioceses, universities, and charities simultaneously filed lawsuits against the Department of Health and Human Services last month, charging that the proposed regulation requiring insurance coverage for contraception violated their religious freedom, a simmering conflict between the First Amendment’s protections for religious freedom and against government preference for a particular religion once […]

Sarah Posner

Christian Post ‘Fortnight for Freedom’ to Call Attention to Religious Freedom Issues

  The U.S. Catholic Church, beginning on Thursday, will spend two weeks focusing attention on the issue ofreligious freedom. The “Fortnight for Freedom” will end, appropriately, on the Fourth of July. While it was planned long before, the Obama administration’s birth control mandate will now be a central focus of the event. The two weeks […]

Napp Nazworth

The Hill - Healthwatch Catholic group to launch ad against birth control mandate

  An association of lay Catholics will air a nationwide ad against the Obama administration’s birth control coverage mandate on Fox News Thursday. The move serves to highlight a two-week effort by U.S. Catholic bishops to build momentum against the mandate, which some have argued violates religious freedom. The debate puts the church in a […]

Elise Viebeck

The Hill - Healthwatch Catholic leaders seek to rally HHS mandate opponents

  As those efforts continue, advocates with Catholics for Choice noted that thousands have submitted comments to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department in support of the mandate. The group filed its own 12-page statement on Tuesday, which cited a poll showing that a strong majority of Catholics believe private insurance plans should cover […]

Elise Viebeck and Sam Baker

Huffington Post The Future Women Want: Why Reproductive Rights Matter at Rio+20

“I realized I had become pregnant. I was worried — how would I continue to work? How would my children eat? Go to school?” Beatriz told me last month when I sat down with her in Medellin, Colombia. Beatriz is a widow and the mother of five children. She did not plan her last child. […]

Amanda Klasing

WFAE 90.7 Contraceptive Mandate Focus of Protest

  Listen to audio version of story. More than 100 people rallied at the federal courthouse in Charlotte Friday in protest of a mandate that requires employers’ health plans to offer coverage for contraceptives. They argue that religious institutions should be exempt from the requirement. The rally was one of many held across the country. […]

Kalie McMonagle

EL PAIS La ofensiva antiaborto recorre Occidente

  La marea conservadora avanza. Contra el aborto, la educación sexual, la contracepción, el matrimonio homosexual… Los grupos que se oponen abiertamente a estos derechos ganan terreno en Europa y Estados Unidos. Muy organizados y bien financiados, buscan contrarrestar los avances en salud sexual y reproductiva que se han logrado durante décadas. Su discurso, gracias […]

Maria R. Sahuquilo

The Raw Story Catholic institutions file lawsuit against Obama over birth control mandate

  A number of Catholic dioceses, schools and other institutions announced Monday afternoon that they are suing the Obama administration for the mandate on requiring most employers to cover birth control in their workers’ plans, according to The Associated Press. The University of Notre Dame, the Archdioceses of Washington, New York and Michigan, and the Catholic […]

Andrew Jones

Salon “Leave women alone” act!

  We are at a political moment that yields headlines like Politico’s recent “GOP scrambles to assuage women’s groups.” Such copy must have delighted Democrats on the Hill: It means they had managed to back Republicans into a corner. Said scramble was over the Violence Against Women Act, which contains expanded protections that Republicans have accused Democrats of adding […]

Irin Carmon

STRONG FAMILIES MOVEMENT We the Catholic People Say Enough is Enough

In February, when a Congressional committee had a hearing about the new policy requiring no-copay coverage of contraception in employee health plans Nancy Pelosi pointed out something ironic— “Imagine they’re having a panel on women’s health, and they don’t have any women on the panel—duh!” Like me, the House Minority Leader is a mother and […]

Marissa Valeri

Associated Press Gay marriage, abortion back in campaign spotlight

  Abortion and gay marriage. For years, they’ve been lumped together as the paramount wedge issues of U.S. politics — hot-button topics in the vortex of sexuality, personal freedom and public policy. Yet these two divisive issues, prominent as ever this election season and still firing up the liberal and conservative bases of the two […]

David Crary

Associated Press Single Mom: Catholic Schools Discriminated

  At age 30 and single, Christa Dias wanted a baby and decided on artificial insemination. The results: a 14-month-old daughter she adores, a lost job and a federal discrimination lawsuit now moving forward that is being viewed as a barometer on the degree to which religious organizations can regulate employees’ lives. Dias charges that […]

Lisa Cornwell

Legislative Gazette NARAL, Clergy for Choice continue push for action on the Reproductive Health Act

  The Reproductive Health Act received a push from supporters last week, with pro-choice advocates lobbying their legislators to back the bill. NARAL Pro-Choice New York held its annual lobby day April 17, hoping to sway legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to prioritize the Reproductive Health Act in the remaining time of this legislative session. […]

Alli Sofer

Politifact Rhode Island Catholics for Choice president says only 14 percent of Catholics agree with Vatican’s position that abortion, under all circumstances, should be illegal

On April 11, 2012, the Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee took testimony on several bills focusing on the abortion issue, including one that would require a doctor to show each woman seeking an abortion an ultrasound image of her fetus before the procedure (although the woman wouldn’t be required to view it). Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics […]

ALBANY TIMES-UNION - CAPITOL CONFIDENTIAL Clergy show support for abortion rights

The members of Concerned Clergy for Choice had a press conference and luncheon Wednesday in the Legislative Office Building to press their support for New York’s Reproductive Health Act. Led by their director, Rabbi Dennis Ross, Concerned Clergy for Choice stressed that the majority of religious people support a woman’s right to choose abortion — […]

Rebecca Melnitsky

SUNDAY TIMES Laying down the law

  Five months after he was silenced by Rome in March 2010, Fr Seán Fagan, a Dublin-based Marist priest, wrote to a friend. “At last I have got down to the practicalities of waiting for death,” was how the former secretary general of his order began his letter. Fagan wrote that, aged 82, blind in […]

Justine McCarthy

Washington Monthly - Political Animal Bishops Escalate the Culture Wars

Anyone wishing or hoping that “culture-war” politics will subside now that the GOP nomination contest, with its serial pandering to cultural warriors, has ended, needs to read the “Statement on Religious Liberty” just released by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. For a detailed analysis of the statement—particularly its explicit and implicit defiance of federal court decisions […]

Ed Kilgore

Austin Chronicle Keeping the Faith: Women lawmakers endure – and defy – the antichoice wrath of the Catholic Church

  Dawnna Dukes’ great-grandmother was a French Creole. She came to Austin from Louisiana in 1914 and found herself among a growing number of black Catholics without a house of worship. Austin’s white parishes wouldn’t allow black congregants, so Dukes’ great-grandmother joined with a group of like-minded souls to help found Holy Cross Catholic Church, […]

MADAME FIGARO USA, la contre-révolution sexuelle

  Inclus dans la réforme du système de santé voulue par Obama, le remboursement de la contraception s’invite dans la campagne présidentielle. Les républicains s’y opposent au nom de la liberté religieuse. La virulence du débat illustre la menace qui pèse sur les Américaines. L’électorat féminin donnera-t-il de la voix pour défendre ses droits ? […]

Anne Sengès

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Rallies in Georgia and around U.S. oppose contraception ruling

  More than 1,000 Georgians assembled in Atlanta and Athens Friday to protest a federal ruling requiring health care plans — even those at some religious organizations — to cover the cost of contraception. Though Atlanta’s downtown protest was coordinated by the Archdiocese of Atlanta, “This is not just a Catholic issue,” said Deborah Bigda, […]

Bo Emerson

Reuters Catholic bishops pressured Komen over Planned Parenthood

  When he visited the United States four years ago, Pope Benedict XVI blessed a box of silver ribbon-shaped pins for breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure and sent them to its founder, Nancy Brinker. Brinker was touched by the gesture and thanked the pontiff in person on the day of his […]

David Morgan

Toronto Star Are U.S. Republicans waging a war on women?

  Even on Rush Limbaugh’s Stage of Rage it was a showstopper. “What does that make her?” the shock jock fumed into his radio mike. “It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex.” And the kicker, “if we are going to pay for your […]

Olivia Ward

Boston Globe Santorum’s faith isn’t driving vote of Catholics

  Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is a proud traditional Catholic. But so far that is not helping him with Catholic voters. Santorum has not had a significant victory among Catholic voters in any of the 10 states in which exit polls have been taken, nor has Newt Gingrich, who is also Catholic. While Santorum […]

Shira Schoenberg

FOX News Should there be a contraception mandate?

  David J. Nolan, director of communications at Catholics for Choice, debated Brian Burch, the president of Catholic Vote, on Fox News this week about the plan to require health insurance plans to provide no-cost contraceptive coverage. This segment was originally aired on Fox News.

Baltimore Sun St. Joseph considers merger with non-Catholic hospital system

  Financially troubled St. Joseph Medical Center may soon become part of a hospital system that does not follow its strict Catholic beliefs on abortion and reproductive rights. The Towson hospital’s owner, Catholic Health Initiatives, put it up for sale after a surgical scandal threatened its business and besmirched its reputation. Two of its three […]

Andrea K. Walker

COLUMBUS DISPATCH Contraception sparks political controversy

  For many Americans, birth-control pills are about as controversial as taking a daily vitamin. No big deal. And yet, contraception has emerged as a dominant social issue this election year. Observers and advocates on both sides of the issue say there’s a perfect storm of political manipulation, anti-government sentiment and polarizing debate about the […]

Meredith Heagney

National Journal Women to Congress: Contraception Conversation Isn’t Over

  When Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke was denied the opportunity to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last week, outraged Democrats and activists cried that a woman’s voice has been silenced on an issue that pertains to women’s health. But the conversation is far from over. Silence was not a symptom […]

Olga Belogolova

FOX News Contraception mandate debate pits Catholics against one another

  The debate over the contraception mandate is not over despite efforts by the Obama administration to create an “accommodation” to guarantee women free access to contraception even if they work for religious employers. The mandate — guaranteeing access for women to get birth control and other contraceptive services — also exempts religious organizations from […]

PALM BEACH POST Many Catholics say choice of using contraception should be private despite church’s edict

  A week ago, Maureen Mollineaux stood in front of St. Juliana Catholic Church in West Palm Beach and calmly told a reporter that she used contraceptives during her child bearing years and that she considers herself a practicing Catholic. According to the U.S. Conference of Bishops, Mollineaux is in direct defiance of the Catholic […]

Lona O’Connor

Legislative Gazette Catholics for Choice defend Obama health plan

  Members of Catholics for Choice say the majority of the millions of Catholics in New York state believe religiously affiliated hospitals and other organizations should provide reproductive health care, including birth control, even if it goes against their religious beliefs. Catholics for Choice, joined by Concerned Clergy for Choice and Sens. Diane Savino, D-Staten […]

Alli Sofer

BBC Mundo Obama cede ante católicos por los anticonceptivos

  El presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, presentó una revisión de su polémica ley que obliga a todos los empleadores, salvo las iglesias y otros templos de culto, a ofrecer gratuitamente métodos anticonceptivos y de planificación familiar como parte de la cobertura del seguro de salud. Organizaciones religiosas, particularmente el Consejo de Obispos Católicos, […]

William Márquez

COUNTERSPIN Jon O’Brien on contraception controversy

  Listen here. This week on CounterSpin: Another front has opened up in the long-running battle over the new health care law. As we hear the story in the media, Catholics are up in arms over being required to provide birth control, or something to that effect. Republicans are loudly criticizing the White House’s war […]

Religion Dispatches White House Unveils Contraception Accommodation Plan

  The White House had a conference call with reproductive health advocates this morning, in advance of its planned noon-time announcement of its decision to accommodate religious institutions in their objections to the requirement that their health insurance plans provide co-pay-free contraception to their employees. According to Sara Hutchinson, policy director for Catholics for Choice, […]

Sarah Posner

Christian Post Some Religious Groups Voice Support for Obama’s Contraception Mandate Despite Outcry

  In stark contrast to most mainstream Christian leaders, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S., a coalition of 22 Christian, Jewish and Muslim institutions has emerged expressing support for President Barack Obama’s controversial contraception mandate that affects many faith-based institutions. Catholics for Choice, Episcopal Divinity School, Jewish Women International, Methodist Federation […]

Luiza Oleszczuk

Religion Dispatches Bishops Reject Proposed Compromise with Obama on Contraception Coverage

  Yesterday’s news on the contraception coverage requirement was dominated by two seemingly contradictory events: two polls showing that most Catholics agree with the Obama administration rule, and signals from David Axelrod and Obama spiritual advisor Joel Hunter that perhaps there was a compromise in the offing. But the primary compromise proposed, known as the […]

Sarah Posner

DEMOCRACY NOW! As Contraceptives Rule Enters GOP Race, Will Reproductive Rights Affect 2012 Election?

    Rick Santorum’s three-state victory comes after a week of heavy Republican campaigning against a new Obama administration rule requiring health insurance plans, including those provided by Catholic-affiliated hospitals and universities, to offer free birth control methods. Reproductive rights groups have hailed the measure, which was fueled by research showing birth control is necessary […]

Amy Goodman

Your News Now Battle continues over mandated contraception coverage

  Watch news story here. It is church versus state once again as a recent announcement by the Obama administration mandates that under the Affordable Care Act, all employer-based health insurance must provide contraceptive coverage, without co-pays. This includes any faith-based employers, like schools and hospitals. Now, some members of the Catholic Church and other Conservatives […]

Innae Park

DAILY CAMERA Taken for granted no more

  It’s been an explosive week for women’s reproductive health with two events reaching new depths of outrageousness and a third prompting pundits to call on a silent voting bloc to defend its practices on contraception. The biggest story of the week was the Susan G. Komen Foundation stripping Planned Parenthood of its grants for […]

Anne Butterfield

Church & State The Bishops, Obama and Religious Freedom

  Last fall, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York City unleashed a stinging attack on President Barack Obama. Dolan, who serves as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), issued a Sept. 30 press release asserting that religious liberty is “increasingly and in unprecedented ways under assault in America” thanks to the […]

Rob Boston

BETWEEN THE LINES Obama Ruling on Access to Birth Control Provokes Attack from GOP and Religious Right

  In late January, the Obama administration issued a ruling that religious institutions serving the public, such as schools and hospitals, must provide their employees with access to birth control through employee health plans with no deductibles or co-pays, as part of the president’s Affordable Care Act health reform law. However, the ruling provides an […]

Huffington Post Marco Rubio Writes Bill To Override Birth Control Mandate

  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced a bill on Monday that would override the Obama administration’s new rule on birth control coverage and allow religious hospitals, universities, and other organizations that morally oppose contraception to refuse to cover it for their employees. Churches and other places of worship are already exempt from the Department of […]

Laura Bassett

The Raw Story Obama admin. to enforce universal birth control access

  The Obama administration announced Friday it would stand by a policy that requires virtually all private insurance policies to cover family planning, including female contraceptives, essentially guaranteeing near universal access to birth control once all the provisions of the Affordable Care Act are implemented. Friday’s decision comes after the White House was lobbied by […]

Stephen C. Webster

Huffington Post Obama Administration Announces New Decision On Birth Control, To Chagrin Of Religious Groups

  In a long-anticipated decision that will affect millions of women’s ability to pay for contraception, the Obama administration announced on Friday that it would not allow religiously affiliated employers such as universities and hospitals to deny full birth control coverage to the women they employ. Under the new rule, set forth by the Affordable […]

Laura Bassett

Los Angeles Times Religious institutions’ health plans must offer birth control

  The Obama administration announced Friday that it would give Catholic hospitals and other religious institutions an extra year to comply with a new requirement that most health plans provide contraceptive benefits at no cost to their members. The administration, however, held fast to the mandate that most health plans eventually offer free contraception. That […]

Laurie McGinley
Catholics for Choice