In the News - 2013

USA TODAY Notre Dame re-files Obamacare contraception lawsuit

  The University of Notre Dame re-filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Affordable Care Act’s controversial contraception mandate, claiming the law violated its Catholic doctrine. The Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, mandates that universities and employers provide health insurance plans that cover preventative reproductive services for women, such as birth control and sterilization. […]

Cara Newlon

Salon Civil war in the church!: Catholics tell bishops to stop playing doctor

  Pope Francis last week issued an expansive document outlining the mission behind his papacy, including a strongly worded indictment of free market economics and the government leaders and corporate executives who are the system’s greatest beneficiaries. The pope’s declarations on poverty and economic justice may have been a new turn for the church, but the rest […]

Katie McDonough

CARE2 Repro Wrap: Your Boss May Get to Veto Your Birth Control and Other News

  In the biggest story of the week, the Supreme Court has agreed to review complaints over the birth control mandate in the Affordable Care Act, which will allow them to decide whether private corporations have the right to deny employees birth control coverage because of the company owners’ “religious or moral” beliefs. At the […]

Robin Marty

CARE2 Repro Wrap: Your Boss May Get to Veto Your Birth Control and Other News

  In the biggest story of the week, the Supreme Court has agreed to review complaints over the birth control mandate in the Affordable Care Act, which will allow them to decide whether private corporations have the right to deny employees birth control coverage because of the company owners’ “religious or moral” beliefs. At the […]

Robin Marty

Huffington Post Lessons From the Fight Over Later Abortion in Albuquerque

  There are some important lessons to learn from the outcome in Albuquerque, where voters overwhelmingly rejected a ballot initiative that would have banned later abortion in the city. This defeat protected services that women from all over the country come to New Mexico to use. The rest of the US should take note. Time and […]

Washington Examiner Pope says church won’t cave in on abortion, slams pro-choice laws

  Pope Francis is seeking to reassure Catholics that the church is sticking to its hardline opposition to abortion, writing in a new message that “it is not ‘progressive’ to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life.” In a message that was praised by anti-abortion groups and condemned by pro-abortion supporters, Francis also […]

Paul Bedard

MSNBC Historic abortion vote in New Mexico

Residents are heading to the polls today in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to vote on an ordinance that claims a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks after conception. It marks the first time abortion rights will be decided at the local level.’s Irin Carmon, and Catholics for Choice’s Sara Hutchinson discuss.This piece was originally […]

Thomas Roberts

Associated Press Albuquerque Vote Targets Late-Term Abortion Clinic

  Three years ago, anti-abortion “missionaries” Tara and Bud Shaver left Operation Rescue’s base in Kansas with one target: a clinic that abortion opponents say has turned this southwestern city into the late-term abortion capital of America. But after a loss at the medical board and making little headway in the Democrat-controlled Legislature, their group, […]

Jeri Clausing

KUNM Abortion Ban Initiative Vote On Tuesday

Listen to clips. Both supporters and opponents of the anti-abortion initiative that will be on the ballot in Albuquerque on Tuesday, Nov 19 have appeared on Women’s Focus. Juliana Koob and Adriann Barboa, of Respect ABQ Women supplied more information on 11/16 Women’s Focus. Elisa Martinez, Executive Director, Protect ABQ Women and Children; Angela Herrera, […]

Susan Thom Loubet

ThinkProgress Religious Groups Are Fighting To Defeat Albuquerque’s Proposed 20-Week Abortion Ban

  This month, there’s a 20-week abortion ban up for vote in Albuquerque, New Mexico. If it passes, Albuquerque may become the first city in the country with a local abortion restriction on the books. It’s been a contentious fight centered on a late-term abortion clinic in the area — one of the last clinics in the country that […]

Tara Culp-Ressler

Washington Times U.S. Catholic bishops ponder politics of Pope Francis before picking new leader

  As the world’s Catholics adjust to a very different kind of pope in the Vatican, American Catholics across the political spectrum are watching closely as the country’s Catholic bishops gather this week to select a new U.S. leader. Liberals have been thrilled by some of the pronouncements from Pope Francis, while conservatives are watching […]

Nathan Porter

Albuquerque Journal Don’t make an idol of ideology

  New Mexico has a history of trusting women when they need to make the personal and complex decision to end a pregnancy. As one of the many allied organizations leading the Respect ABQ Women campaign, the N.M. Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice has brought the support of many local clergy and congregations from diverse […]

Joan Lamunyon Sanford

EL PASO TIMES Stand with El Paso women rally talks voting, reproductive rights

  Texas state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio, said Texas women voters have to say “ya no mas” to state leaders who have “disrespected” women with recent legislation that affects women’s reproductive rights and continues wage inequity. “They are more concerned with our private parts than they are about la mujer (the woman)- […]

María Cortés González

MSNBC - MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY SHOW Communities fight for control of hospitals

  It took less than two weeks for the residents of Abington, PA., to stop a Roman Catholic hospital from decimating reproductive care at their community hospital. In the summer of 2012, Rita Rosen Poley read an announcement of the merger in the paper and knew she had to act. “The possibility that women would […]

Meredith Clark

KTSM Vote with Texas Women Rally rolls into town Friday

Organizers are encouraging El Paso women to get out and vote in the next election cycle in El Paso and throughout Texas, and they’re bringing their message to the Borderland this Friday, November 8 with an organized rally at Memorial Park. Vote with Texas Women rally will be held on Friday at Memorial Park from […]

Associated Press Ohio rally pushes abortion rights, women’s health

Participants from around the state and nation are expected at a Statehouse rally on Wednesday opposing Ohio laws that limit access to abortions and other women’s health care. Members of more than 50 women’s groups, labor unions and others are expected at the “We Won’t Go Back” event. Its organizers take issue with effective funding […]

Julie Carr Smith

MSNBC - THE LAST WORD WITH LAWRENCE O'DONNELL Religious leaders unite against ‘immoral’ shutdown

While most of the commentary about the shutdown has focused on the politics involved, religious leaders are concerned about the moral implications. On a day of brinkmanship in the halls of Congress, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops sent Congress a letter, writing that their failure to find a bipartisan solution to avert the shutdown […]

Clare Kim

Irish Times Campaign for legal abortions says new laws too restrictive

The campaign for “free, safe and legal” access to abortions in Ireland takes to the streets tomorrow as part of a global day of action. The Abortion Rights Campaign, supported by the US-based Catholics for Choice, today urged the Government to repeal the 1983 anti-abortion amendment and introduce “workable” abortion laws. A total of 12 […]

Mary Carolan

Christian Post Prominent Catholic Official Says Pelosi Should Be Denied Communion Over Pro-Choice Politics

A prominent official in the Roman Catholic Church has stated that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi should be denied the sacrament of Holy Communion over her pro-choice politics. Cardinal Raymond Burke, head of the Vatican’s highest court, said in an interview with the Catholic publication The Wanderer earlier this month that he believed Pelosi violated […]

Michael Gryboski

Al Jazeera America US Catholics mixed on pope’s words, but was message missed?

On a spectacularly sunny Sunday morning, everything bustled as usual at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Bethesda, Md. The parish pastor, Monsignor Edward Filardi, stood outside chatting with members of his flock, parents dropped their children off at Sunday school, and a table of coffee and doughnuts welcomed people heading to and leaving Mass. […]

Sarah Posner

Feminist Majority Foundation - Feminist Newswire Catholics for Choice Challenges the Vatican’s Role at the UN

Catholics for Choice launched its “See Change” campaign last week calling for a review of the status of the Roman Catholic church at the United Nations. The Holy See – the government of the Roman Catholic church – currently holds Non-Member State Permanent Observer status at the UN which gives it an influential role in […]

RH Reality Check Church or State? The Vatican Has Too Much Influence at the UN

The pope’s groundbreaking comments last week have certainly knocked the wind out of the ultraconservatives’ proverbial sails. And rightfully so. Pope Francis spoke to those who want a bigger church, one that needs all the world’s churches, not just St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Those of us who support this new turn, this acknowledgement that Catholics do […]

Magdalena Lopez

Feminist Majority Foundation - Feminist Newswire Catholics for Choice Challenges the Vatican’s Role at the UN

Catholics for Choice launched its “See Change” campaign last week calling for a review of the status of the Roman Catholic church at the United Nations. The Holy See – the government of the Roman Catholic church – currently holds Non-Member State Permanent Observer status at the UN which gives it an influential role in […]

Uprising Radio Does Pope Francis Represent a More Progressive Future for Catholicism?

Listen here. Pope Francis made headlines once more in an interview he gave last week that was published in 16 Jesuit Journals internationally, where he appeared to revise the Catholic church’s strong approach on controversial issues like abortion, contraception, and gay marriage. Known for eschewing some of the formality of the church in terms of […]

Sonali Kolhatkar

New Security Beat Religion and Reproductive Rights: Looking For Common Ground

  More than 84 percent of the 2010 world population – 5.8 billion people – consider themselves religiously affiliated, according to a recent study. Religious leaders can therefore have significant influence across a broad range of social, economic, and political issues. Perhaps nowhere is that influence felt more strongly than in debates about reproductive health […]

Irish Times Positive reactions to Pope Francis interview

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was among those who yesterday welcomed the call by Pope Francis for a new balance within the Catholic Church and greater involvement of women. The pope did so in a 12,000-word interview published on Thursday in 16 Jesuit publications worldwide Mr Kenny said in Dundalk that Pope Francis was “a very different […]

Patsy McGarry

The Times (UK) ‘Heal, or church will fall apart’

Pope Francis has warned that the Roman Catholic Church will ‘‘fall like a house of cards’’ if it continues to obsess about issues such as abortion, gay marriage and contraception. The Pope, in an interview with Father Antonio Spadaro, editor of the Italian Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica, also warns against being locked in by […]

Ruth Glendhill

Christian Science Monitor American Catholics like what they’re hearing from Pope Francis

Pope Francis shook up the Roman Catholic world this week with his comments about abortion, contraception, and gay marriage, saying such moral and doctrinal issues should not be overemphasized at the cost of “losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.” In the United States, many Catholics hailed what the pope had to say in […]

Brad Knickerbocker

Voice of America Wide Praise for Pope’s Rejection of Focus on Sexual Issues

Pope Francis, who recently said he would not judge homosexuals, has once again stunned Catholics and non-Catholics alike. He conceded in an interview this week that the Roman Catholic Church had become “obsessed” with sexual and reproductive issues. And he warned that the Church’s moral authority could “fall like a house of cards” unless it […]

Jerome Socolovsky

Bondings 2.0 Is Pope Francis the New Beyonce?

Yep, that’s right., a website and blog for women, declared Pope Francis “the coolest Pope ever” and compared him to Beyonce′, the superstar pop singer, who sang at President Obama’s second inauguration ceremony. Erin Gloria Ryan wrote: “Twitter is exploding with Papal adoration today. It’s bizarre.“Francis is basically the Beyoncé of organized religion.” Pope […]

Religion Dispatches What The Church Needs More Than a ‘Good Pope’

According to a September 20 AP report, “Pope Francis offered an olive branch of sorts to the doctrine-minded, conservative wing of the Catholic Church on Friday as he denounced abortions as a symptom of today’s ‘throw-away culture’ and encouraged Catholic doctors to refuse to perform them.” This is indeed ironic, as many have already noted, […]

Mary E. Hunt

Washington Times Liberals take heart from Pope Francis’ ‘home for all’ remarks

The Roman Catholic Church must become “the home for all” and place its pastoral ministries ahead of such hot-button political and social issues as gay marriage, abortion and contraception, Pope Francis said Thursday in his first lengthy interview since becoming the head of the church six months ago. “The proclamation of the saving love of […]

Cheryl Wetzstein

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Pope cautions against becoming ‘obsessed’ with abortion, gay marriage

Pope Francis suggested in remarks made public Thursday that the obsession of some Catholics with such issues as abortion, gay marriage and contraception obscures the Gospel message and the true essence of the church. In a wide-ranging interview, Francis continued to stake out a middle ground on social issues, and provided more evidence that the […]

Annysa Johnson

RTE Pope chooses not to speak on abortion, gay marriage or contraception

Pope Francis has said the Catholic Church has grown obsessed with preaching about abortion, gay marriage and contraception. He said that he has chosen not to speak about those issues despite recriminations from some critics. In his most extensive interview since his election last March, the Argentinean Pontiff told the Civilta Cattolica magazine that the […]

FOX News Battle over birth control mandate could reach Supreme Court

In an interview on Fox News, Catholics for Choice president Jon O’Brien explains what’s really behind the conservatives’ campaign against the birth control requirement in the Affordable Care Act. This piece was originally aired by Fox News.  

Bondings 2.0 Have We Painted Pope Francis’ Gay Comments Too Optimistically?

This week has been a heady one, with hopes and dreams of a more LGBT-inclusive church running high, thanks to Pope Francis’ remarks in his airplane press conference on the way back from Brazil. We’ve tried to give you a variety of points of view on this news story, and you can read our previous […]

Francis DeBernardo

RH Reality Check Young Brazilians Hope New Pope Will ‘Modernize’ Church on Social Justice Issues

World Youth Day (WYD) was in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this year and turned out to be a unique and rewarding—if mixed—experience. For instance, after standing in line for two hours at the Sambodromo, where the famous Rio Carnival takes place, I got my Pilgrim Kit—a backpack containing a t-shirt, a wooden cross, a cap, […]

Susana Cruzalta

Voice of America Pope’s First Trip Abroad Changes View of Church

Pope Francis’ first trip abroad, to Brazil, is being hailed as a success by prelates of the Roman Catholic Church. Critics say that so far, however, the new pope has brought a change of style, not substance. He carried his own bag during his travels, and he visited a slum in Rio de Janeiro. And […]

RH Reality Check Welcome to Brazil, Pope Francis! Can We Please Talk About Contraception?

Pope Francis was greeted by massive crowds in Brazil as he arrived on Monday to help celebrate the Catholic festival known as World Youth Day (WYD). He is, after all, the first Latin American pope in history, and this is his first overseas trip. Catholics and non-Catholics alike are drawn to him because of his […]

Susana Cruzalta

RH Reality Check The Bishops Do Not Speak for All Catholics

Last week, members of the Irish parliament, the Dáil, and pro-choice organizations invited me to speak at a meeting in Dublin. The meeting came as parliament was in the midst of debates over a small change to the law, one that would allow women whose lives are at risk as a result of pregnancy to access […]

Magdalena Lopez

ThinkProgress House Republicans Are Using A Budget Bill To Try To Restrict Abortion Access For Low-Income DC Women

A House committee is currently considering an appropriations bill for the next fiscal year — but if Republican lawmakers have their way, the general spending measure will also have some serious consequences for DC women seeking reproductive care. House Republicans have tacked on an abortion-related rider to the legislation that will prevent the District of Columbia from […]

SEÑAL ALTERNATIVA Más del 90% de la población está de acuerdo con la educación sexual en los colegios

El estudio realizado por Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir – Perú, Religión, sexualidad y política: explorando saberes y actitudes, Ayacucho, Lima y Pucallpa,  muestra que más del 90% de las personas encuestadas en las tres regiones considera que debe impartirse educación sexual en los colegios y que los y las adolescentes accedan a información sobre […]

DCIST House Spending Bill Includes Abortion, Needle-Exchange Social Riders D.C. Hates

In keeping with tradition, the House Appropriations Committee released a spending bill today that would continue to deny D.C. the right to use local taxpayer funds to provide abortions for low-income women. The 2014 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill prohibits federal and local funds from being used for abortion, and federal funds from […]

Sarah Anne Hughes

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS Rush Oak Park Hospital to keep Catholic abortion policy

Rush University Medical Center has agreed to continue to enforce the Catholic policy against abortions at Rush Oak Park Hospital after it completes its purchase of the west suburban facility. The anti-abortion stance contradicts the public stance taken on April 10 when the two health care networks confirmed the deal. In a joint news release, […]

Claire Bushey

Spiked Putting choice back into the pro-choice movement

Jodi Magee, thank you for stating so clearly that Physicians for Reproductive Health continues to ‘absolutely support the right to choose’, despite having dropped the word ‘choice’ from its name (see Jodi Magee’s spiked article here). In the UK, we are the poorer because no organisation quite like yours exists here. For us, reproductive health is now pretty mainstream. Our […]

Ann Furedi

Your News Now Debating the Reproductive Health Act

In his State of the State address in January, Gov. Cuomo called for changes to New York’s abortion law. “The New York law was before Roe v. Wade,” said Sara Hutchinson, the domestic program director for Catholics for Choice. “It just needs to be modernized and updated to meet federal standards.” As part of a […]

Antoinette DelBel

ECUMENICAL NEWS Catholic group’s condom ad message riles Kenyan bishops

Four years ago, while traveling for his first papal visit to Africa, then Pope Benedict XVI made a condom statement heard around the world: HIV/AIDS, he said, “cannot be overcome by the distribution of condoms.” The outcry was immediate and Benedict, a year later, softened his stance, telling German journalist, Peter Seewald, condoms could be […]

Dawn Cherie Araujo

THE STAR Shun condoms Priest urges

The parish priest of St Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Kiambu has asked unmarried Catholics to desist from using condoms as it is not in line with Christian teachings. During the morning Mass yesterday, Fr Peter Mburu said the Bible prohibits sex outside marriage and Christians should follow its teachings. He said that advertising […]

Stanley Njenga

Daily Nation Group rubbing Catholic leaders the wrong way

Catholics for Choice is a lobby group that believes in expressing Catholicism as it is lived by ordinary people. The group openly disagrees with the stand of the Vatican on matters related to marriage, sex, motherhood, and family life. Members believe that everyone deserves the right to make a choice. It is based in the […]

Daily Nation Numbers that drive the bold campaigns for condom use

When Chinua Achebe’s book — A Man of the People — was being studied in Kenyan high schools in 2004 as one of the examinable literature texts, a war of words ensued between the Catholic Church in Kenya and the panel that had selected the book. Teachers and parents joined the debate over whether the book was […]

Peter Oduor

Daily Nation How Catholics for Choice started in the US

CATHOLICS FOR CHOICE (CFC) is a pro-choice dissenting Catholic organisation based in Washington, DC, US. It was founded in 1973 as a voice for Catholics who believe that the Catholic tradition supports a woman’s moral and legal right to follow her conscience in matters of sexuality and reproductive health. CFC was founded by Catholics Joan […]

Daily Nation Controversial condom advert sparks debate in the Church

A recent international poll found that Catholics in Ghana, Ireland, Mexico, the US and the Philippines believe using condoms for HIV prevention is pro-life because they help save lives. It all started with a full-page advert in the Sunday Nation and a billboard near the Consolata Shrine Catholic Church in Nairobi.In the adverts, a US-based […]

Kenfrey Kiberenge

RH Reality Check Respecting Beatriz’s Freedom of Conscience

Nearly one month has passed since lawyers representing Beatriz, a 22-year-old pregnant woman suffering from lupus and renal deficiency, filed a petition to El Salvador’s Supreme Court of Justice requesting an exception to the country’s total ban on abortion. A positive ruling would allow Beatriz (not her real name), who has a young child, access […]

Jacqueline Nolley Echegaray

BBC INDONESIA Katolik Kenya menentang iklan kondom

Gereja Katolik Roma Kenya mengecam sebuah kelompok Katolik yang memasang papan iklan berisi ajakan untuk menggunakan kondom. Grup Catholics for Choice yang berbasis di AS menanamkan “perilaku negatif” yang dapat menghancurkan “serat moral” bangsa, kata para pemimpin gereja. Kelompok tersebut membela kampanye bertajuk “condoms4life” dengan mengatakan himbauan itu dapat mencegah penularan HIV. Berdasarkan data PBB, […]

BBC Mundo Obispos de Kenia piden eliminar anuncio de condones

Los obispos católicos de Kenia pidieron que se retire un anuncio que insta a los católicos a usar condones. El anuncio – colocado por un grupo católico estadounidense – muestra una pareja sonriente con el lema “los buenos católicos usan condones”. Los obispos dicen que el anuncio es un abuso de la fe católica y […]

BBC NEWS AFRICA Kenya condom advert opposed by Catholic Church

Kenya’s Roman Catholic Church has condemned a Catholic group for a billboard and newspaper advertising campaign promoting condom use. The US-based Catholics for Choice was planting “negative attitudes” that could destroy the nation’s “moral fibre”, church leaders said. Catholics for Choice defend it, saying it could curb the spread of HIV. Around 1.6 million people […]

Daily Nation Lobby group hits out at bishops over advert stance

A lobby group has accused the Catholic Church in Kenya of putting lives at risk by rejecting the use of condoms. Catholics for Change president Jon O’Brien said some Catholics had accepted that condoms can be used, and must be used in some cases, but Kenyan bishops “reject all this wisdom”. “Even Pope Benedict said […]

SOUTH AFRICAN PRESS ASSOCIATION Catholic leader disappointed by bishops

A Catholic leader has expressed his disappointment after Kenyan bishops allegedly “attacked” Catholics over Condoms4Life campaign. In a statement, Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice said, “It is sad that the Kenya Episcopal Conference chose to attack Catholics rather than address the critical issues raised by the Condoms4Life campaign.” According to O’Brien, Catholics believe […]

STANDARD DIGITAL NEWS Catholic cleric disowns condom advertisement

A Catholic archbishop has disowned weeklong adverts by an American group supporting the use of condoms. Nyeri Archbishop Peter Kairu said he had read the message of the group —Catholics for Choice, but did not endorse it. “I don’t agree with them and I say we continue living according to our faith as the Bible […]

Wainaina Ndung’u

GHAFLA! Condom Advert Causes A Stir Once Again

Just when you thought that the whole uproar surrounding condom advertisement was over, yet disquiet arises from the Church over a controversial condom campaign. If you’ve been keen enough, am sure you have seen a huge billboard at the Museum Hill overpass with the message, “We believe in God. We believe that sex is sacred. […]

Jeff Omondi

Legislative Gazette Where is the Women’s Equality Agenda?

Several women’s rights groups are putting the pressure on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to release the bill language for his proposed Women’s Equality Agenda and to pass the legislation before the current session draws to a conclusion. During Cuomo’s State of the State Address in January, the governor proposed a ten-point agenda that aims to shatter […]

Josefa Velasquez

JALUO The Big Debate on ‘Good Catholics Use Condoms’

Some of our readers have requested if I could make a comment on the Archbishop Peter Kairo of Nyeri’s statement on Sunday at St Cyprian Kagicha Catholic Church in Othaya that the position of the church was clearly against the use of condoms, when Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI encourages the use of it. Although Benedict […]

Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ

RH Reality Check Why We Are and Must Remain for Choice

At a time when state legislatures continue to break new records for the number of restrictions on reproductive health-care access introduced, passed into law, and placed on ballots, when lawsuits against birth control coverage continue to trickle into the courts, when political candidates can’t even get it right on rape and the White House has […]

Jon O'Brien

KISS TV A pragmatic response from Condoms4Life

The use of condoms as a family planning method among catholic faithful has always been a controversial subject. Whether biblically correct or morally wrong, the fight is now on billboard advertisement. The Kenya Episcopal Conference says, ‘ignore the advert’. However, pro-choice Catholics insist that the advert is a pragmatic response to circumstances. JSO @7’s Sam […]

Sam Gakunyi

Spiked Remaking the case for a woman’s right to choose

Opponents of the demand for ‘a woman’s right to choose’ have always been against the choice of abortion. So it is confusing and frustrating that feminist friends and colleagues, some of whom provide abortion, have decided to mount their own assault on the notion of reproductive choice. The new anti-choice movement believes the concept of […]

Ann Furedi

Your News Now Catholics react to Women’s Equality Agenda

While Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Agenda is drawing a lot of negative feedback from the Catholic Church, one Catholic organization fully supports it. “The catholic hierarchy, which in the priests, bishops, members of the hierarchy of the church, have been paying really close attention to the women’s health options in the Women’s Equality Agenda, […]

Elyse Mickalonis

WBNG 12 Action news Area Catholics choosing choice

A national group of Catholics are speaking up against their own religious traditions, coming out in support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Agenda. Catholics for Choice is a group that disagrees with the Catholic perspective on sexual orientation, birth control and abortion. Domestic Program Director for Catholics for Choice Sara Hutchinson says she is […]

Jillian Marshall

Medical Daily Catholic Church Drops White House Subpoena Request, Continues Contraceptives Fight

The Catholic Church reduced its pressure on the Obama administration in the legal fight over the government’s requirement of insurance coverage for birth control, but did not say why. On Monday, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York rescinded its subpoena of White House documents in a federal lawsuit concerning the new insurance mandate. The […]

Matthew Mientka

WICZ FOX 40 Catholic Perspective on Sexuality

  A group calling itself Catholics for Choice is pushing for Governor Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Agenda, even though some of that plan is at odds with church teachings. Although specific legislation isn’t written yet, Cuomo’s agenda calls for a number of items, including “protecting a woman’s freedom of choice.” This goes against the church’s anti-abortion […]

Reuters Judge widens “morning-after” pill access for young girls

A federal judge on Friday ordered the Food and Drug Administration to make “morning-after” emergency contraception pills available without a prescription to all girls of reproductive age and criticized the Obama administration for interfering with the process for political purposes. The ruling in a Brooklyn court is the latest step in the years-long legal saga […]

Jessica Dye

RH Reality Check Why I Refuse to Be Taken to a Catholic Hospital—And Why Other Women Should Too

Under no circumstances do I ever want to be brought to a Catholic hospital or medical facility. As a pregnant woman—and as a human being, period—I do not trust that my health needs will guide the care I am offered at such a facility. Furthermore, I urge other women to speak up, write an advance medical […]

Erin Matson

Univision Dos de los grandes retos del Papa

Organizaciones que defiende los derechos de los homosexuales y la salud reproductiva hablan sobre las posiciones del Papa.This piece was originally aired by Univision.

Lourdes del Rio

Up w/Chris Hayes Catholics for Choice on Up w/Chris Hayes

  Catholics for Choice international program senior associate Jacqueline Nolley Echegaray appeared on UP with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, where she discussed what the election of Pope Francis means for Catholics and people living in Latin America. Watch first clip here.   Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy   […]

Wall Street Journal In Latin America, Catholics See a Lift

The choice of a Latin American to lead the globe’s 1.2 billion Catholics stands to reinvigorate the church in its Latin American stronghold, helping it fight off growing inroads from Protestant evangelicals and raising its profile on controversial social issues like gay marriage and abortion. The election of Argentine-born Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope […]

David Luhnow and Sara Schaefer Muñoz

JOOP Alliantie van niet gelovigen dwarsboomt vrouwenrechten

Een groep van Islamitische landen, enkele Afrikaanse landen en de Heilige Stoel probeert tijdens de VN-vrouwenconferentie, die nu wordt gehouden, het verschil tussen mannen en vrouwen te benadrukken en te vergroten. Dat baart mij grote zorgen. Om tegenkracht te bieden zal versterking van de positie van vrouwen in ontwikkelingslanden bovenaan de prioriteitenlijst van Nederlandse ontwikkelingssamenwerking […]

Marit Maij

L’express Aux Etats-Unis, le nouveau pape devra faire face à une église divisée

Le nouveau souverain pontife sera-t-il capable d’unifier desCatholiques américains, aujourd’hui profondément divisés sur de nombreux sujets de société, tels que l’avortement, le mariage gay ou encore la contraception ? L’annonce de l’élection du pape François a suscité à la fois l’espoir et parfois le scepticisme des fidèles et leaders religieux catholiques américains, de plus en […]

Noémie Taylor, avec AFP

Christian Science Monitor Today Election of Pope Francis fuels hopes for Catholic reform

Less than 24 hours after his highly unexpected election as pope, there are high hopes that Francis will bring radical changes to the Catholic Church, which has had its standing battered by scandal and controversy in recent years. Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, the humble 76-year-old son of a railway worker, was up bright and early […]

Nick Squires

The Raw Story New pope same as the old pope: LGBT marriage and adoption rights ‘damage the family’

The Catholic Church may have a new pope but there his nothing new about his ideas when it comes to the rights of LGBT people. As Archbishop of Buenos Aires and Primate of Argentina, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio — who was named Pope Francis on Wednesday — has spoken out forcefully against laws granting marriage […]

David Edwards

Agence France Presse François 1er, “figure de l’unité” pour les évêques des Etats-Unis

Le nouveau pape François 1er est “la figure de l’unité de tous les catholiques”, ont estimé mercredi les évêques des Etats-Unis alors que des associations progressistes espéraient que cette élection “reflète les besoins de l’église et des catholiques”. La conférence américaine des évêques (USBCC), présidée par le cardinal Timothy Dolan, donné un temps “papabile”, a […]

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES New Pope 2013: How Ready Enough is Pope Francis for the Job?

It is now early morning in Vatican City and a few hours after Pope Francis revealed himself as the newly proclaimed spiritual leader of the Roman Catholic church. Since he can no longer go back to his homeland Argentina by virtue of his acceptance of his new post, followers of the faith along with the […]

Esther Tanquintic-Misa

Washington Times Communities Pope Francis: Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

Less than 24 hours after his highly unexpected election as pope, there are From one end of the world to the other, the media are abuzz with news of the new pope: the first Latin American pope, the first Jesuit, a break from the past. Setting emotion and novelty aside, just how much change can […]

Joseph Cotto

Religion News Service Reactions to Pope Francis’ election

“The Catholic University of America is proud to congratulate Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio on his election as Pope. … We pray that the Catholic Church will grow under his guidance in wisdom and Christ’s grace. And we hope to welcome him to our campus some day.” – John Garvey, president of Catholic University of America […]

Caleb K. Bell

Washington Times Americans cheer on pope from New World

Americans — Catholics and non-Catholic — expressed surprise and mostly satisfaction as the news broke that Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio had been selected the next pope of the global church, the first pontiff from the New World. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia called Pope Francis a “wonderful” choice from the “new heartland of […]

Sidney Van Wyk and Cheryl Wetzstein

CNN DirectoUSA: Comienza en Cónclave

  Jaqueline Nolley Echegaray de Catholics for Choice, grupo de laicos, sobre la expectativa por la elección del nuevo Papa. This piece was originally aired by CNN.

FLORIDA TODAY Catholics wait, watch as papal selection nears

The world might be turning to Rome for word on the selection of a new pope. But Roman Catholics, Protestants and activists of all many faith traditions in Brevard County are focused on the future leadership of the influential worldwide religious body. Among those looking ahead are lay Catholics such as Enrico Iacobi II, who […]

J.D. Gallop

WUSA Pro-Choice Catholics Work To Change The Church From Within

    Over the years, many Catholics have left the church because of its strict stand against contraception, abortion and homosexuality. But not those affiliated with Catholic Organizations for Renewal, or COR. “I’m a married lesbian mom who’s a Roman Catholic,” says Marianne Duddy-Burke who understands that some people will see that as a contradiction. […]

Peggy Fox

At The Threshold Looking for a Pope Who Will Change Direction

Every time there’s a papal election, Catholics and non-Catholics alike turn their eyes to Rome, and sometimes wonder why they do so. Those who are not Catholic, and those who are, may feel alienated by what they hear from the Vatican when a pope is firmly in place, so why pay attention to cardinals jockeying […]

Jon O'Brien

RH Reality Check Why is Michelle Bachelet Playing into the Holy See’s Hands?

The opening day of the recent United Nations-sponsored Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) brought the worrying news that Michelle Bachelet, under-secretary-general and executive director of UN Women, was willing to compromise with the world’s most conservative regimes and water down the UN’s commitment to women’s rights. Speaking of the language contained in the […]

The Nation At the UN, Twenty Years of Backlash to ‘Women’s Rights Are Human Rights’

Socially conservative American Catholics and like-minded evangelical Protestants who have led a decades-long campaign against the rights of women in the United States are now gearing up for a season of battles on the bigger global stage. This week, the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN begins a two-year series of international […]

Barbara Crosette

Alternet Philadelphia Becomes Third City to Pass Resolution Supporting Reproductive Health Care

As of last week, the Philadelphia Board of Health has avowed it will firmly stand behind the right to comprehensive reproductive health and abortion care. The proclamation came in the form of a resolution adopted last week calling on the federal government, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, and the state’s General Assembly to uphold public funding for reproductive […]

Annamarya Scaccia

DE VOLKSKRANT De verlossing moet uit het Zuiden komen

De nieuwe paus erft een minder Europese kerk. Dat kan een verademing zijn voor het door crises geteisterde instituut. Maar conservatief blijft het. Door Rob Vreeken. Graphic Thijs Balder De paus stapt op en opeens staat overal een zwarte man in bisschopsgewaad op de voorpagina’s. Hij is jong voor een kardinaal, hij heeft een beminnelijke […]

Rob Vreeken

Washington Monthly - Political Animal The Obama administration’s birth control cave-in: bad policy, bad politics

Yesterday brought news that the White House had once again “compromised” on a woman’s right to reproductive health care. The newly announced compromise would allow employees at large not-for-profit organizations with religious affiliations, such as universities and hospitals, to receive contraceptive coverage, while at the same time enabling their employers to weasel out of paying […]

RH Reality Check So What’s the Deal with the New Contraception Mandate Rules?

Rending of garments has already begun in certain sectors of the blogosphere over the Obama administration’s proposed new rules regarding the contraception mandate (or, as I like to call it, the “birth control benefit.” “Mandate,” I think, feeds into wingnut teeth-gnashing about the Big Bad Government forcing them to do Shit They Don’t Like.) Conservatives […]

Imani Gandy

Patheos - The Friendship Atheist Secular Groups Respond to Obama Administration’s Broadening of Religious Exemptions to Birth Control Rule

Under the Affordable Care Act, churches didn’t have to provide employees with birth control they (wrongly) believed caused abortion but other non-profit religious institutions, like Catholic hospitals and Christian colleges, were not exempt. Owners weren’t allowed to deny female employees access to comprehensive health care because of their personal religious views. That led to a […]

Hemant Mehta

Huffington Post Religious Reaction To Contraception Mandate Changes Mixed; Some Say Religious Freedom Is Violated

Despite the Obama administration’s attempts to allay concerns among some institutions with religious objections to contraception, proposed changes to the national health care law requiring most employers to provide insurance coverage for birth control were met with tepid responses or strong criticism. The administration said Friday that the new rules would ensure that no religious […]

Jaweed Kaleem

Religion Dispatches Why Religious Exemptions Matter

As I reported earlier, it appears that the Obama administration’s new proposed rule (which of course is still subject to public comment) expands the type and number of religious organizations that can claim an exemption from covering contraception for their employees. Religious organizations that don’t qualify for the exemption can “self-certify” as one that is entitled to […]

Sarah Posner

Alternet Obama Admin Tries Again to Appease Misogynist Clerics on Contraception; No Dice

If there’s one thing that President Barack Obama and his cabinet secretaries should have learned by now, it’s that right-wing leaders of misogynist religions will never, ever be happy with the administration’s attempts to appease them with any kind of accommodation on matters involving the control of women’s bodies by the female souls who inhabit […]

Adele Stan

Religion Dispatches Catholics for Choice Blasts New Proposed Contraception Coverage Rule

Catholics for Choice president Jon O’Brien harshly criticized today’s proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services, which would broaden the definition of religious employers entitled to an exemption from providing contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Calling the proposed rule “appalling,” O’Brien said that providing such exemptions gives “carte blanche” to […]

Sarah Posner

Reuters Obama Offers Compromise on Birth Control Insurance Coverage

The Obama administration on Friday sought to settle a dispute with religious leaders over whether employees at faith-affiliated universities, hospitals and other institutions should have access to health insurance coverage for contraceptives. The new set of proposals would instead guarantee that employees at religious nonprofits would get access to birth control coverage without out-of-pocket costs […]

David Morgan

KANSAS CITY STAR Catholic Church tests its reach in health care debate

Bystanders love a good brawl. Make it between people not normally viewed as combative and the crowd gathers, primed for the rumble. No surprise, then, when people jumped at the animosity between Bishop Robert Finn and the Kansas City-based National Catholic Reporter. Finn unleashed on the liberal leanings of the newspaper in a column. He […]

Mary Sanchez


  Marking the 40th anniversary this week of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court This week marked the 40th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision that made abortions legal in the US, Roe vs. Wade. As the fight for women’s reproductive rights vs. the right to life continues four decades later, studies show that […]

NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO - MORNING EDITION ‘Roe v. Wade’ Turns 40, But Abortion Debate Is Even Older

  Listen to the story. Jan. 22, 2013, marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. But the conventional wisdom that the court’s 7-2 decision marked the beginning of a contentious battle that still rages today is not the case, according to those on both sides […]

Julie Rovner

Washington Times Two sides of Roe: Activists weigh in on ruling’s past, present, future

Marking the 40th anniversary this week of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling, The Washington Times asked leading advocates on both sides of the issue to discuss the ruling, the present state of the abortion debate and where American attitudes on abortion are heading in the coming years. Jeanne Monahan is president of the […]

Cheryl Wetzstein

Agence France Presse 40 years later, abortion rights still contested in US

  Forty years after the US Supreme Court made a landmark ruling guaranteeing abortion rights under the Constitution, the decision is increasingly contested by opponents seeking to restrict access. The delicate question over whether a woman has the right to choose to terminate a pregnancy — and thus, critics argue, end a life — has […]

Fabienne Faur
Catholics for Choice