Letters & Op-Eds - 2016

Pocono Record Opinion: Campaign advocates for choice as social justice

Earlier this week, Catholics for Choice launched the Abortion in Good Faith campaign with Catholics appearing in ads across the country. The campaign tells the stories of Catholics who want accessible reproductive healthcare for everyone because of their call to live out social justice. These Catholics support abortion because of their faith, not despite it. […]

Jon O'Brien

The Dallas Morning News But Farrell Isn’t Telling All

It’s no surprise that Bishop Kevin Farrell does not like the Abortion in Good Faith campaign. For years, the bishops’ lobby in Washington, D.C., of which Farrell is a member, has argued against public funding of abortion. Whereas, we believe that public funding is a matter of social justice. There are a few things Farrell […]

Jon O'Brien

Commonweal Hyde Should Go

The editors of Commonweal are wrong (“Why Hyde Matters,” September 9): supporting the Hyde Amendment is not politically responsible, nor is it moral. The Hyde Amendment is the epitome of injustice for low-income women and women of color; it affects their social, economic, and reproductive wellbeing. Catholics are called to follow our conscience and to […]

Jon O'Brien

The Columbus Dispatch Conflict of interest is very clear

Michael Gonidakis’ leadership of the Medical Board of Ohio raises serious concerns beyond mere conflict of interest (“President’s ties to Right to Life assailed in letter,” Dispatch article, last Tuesday). His affiliation with Ohio Right to Life and email harassment of a ProgressOhio leader shows that he prioritizes his agenda over medical best practices and […]

Sara Hutchinson Ratcliffe

The Hill Catholic politicians are following their conscience on abortion

Carl Anderson, CEO of the Knights of Columbus, implores Catholic politicians to disregard the will of their constituents and toe the hierarchy’s line on abortion policy (“Catholic politicians should follow conscience, consensus on abortion,” 17 August). Anderson cites Catholic and former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, who, in 1984, remained personally opposed to abortion but […]

John Lesch

Hamilton and Griffin on Rights Sham Legislation: The Harms of the Conscience Protection Act and First Amendment Defense Act

It’s an election year in case you missed it. Congressional grandstanding and theatrical spectacle are center stage even as the time for Congress to do its job—passing important legislation and working to solve the nation’s myriad challenges—rapidly dwindles. Rather than tackle the hard issues, however, House Republicans are content to work on unnecessary and harmful […]

Glenn Northern

TIME The Catholic Church Should Encourage Women Leaders

The fact that my sister couldn’t be an altar server, as my brother and I were, confused me as a child. It was the first of many ways I noticed that she and all the other women I knew were treated differently in church. It was fine for them to be in the chorus at […]

Glenn Northern

TIME Pro-Choice Catholics Are Praying SCOTUS Will Protect Abortion Rights

The upcoming Supreme Court decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt looms over American women like an incoming tidal wave. Though the case comes out of Texas, the decision will have ramifications for access to abortion care nationwide. If the laws in question are upheld, clinics in states with similar laws may close, and anti-abortion legislators may […]

Hamilton and Griffin on Rights Catholics for Choice: Bishops’ Fortnight Cloaks Discrimination as Freedom

It’s time again for the annual Fortnight for Freedom, held by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) June 21–July 4, 2016. For the past few years, the bishops have tried to rally Catholics around their warped version of religious freedom—which promotes discrimination, undermines equality and celebrates imposing beliefs on others—using this two-week period as […]

Glenn Northern

Hamilton and Griffin on Rights Catholics for Choice: The Zika Virus and the Catholic Hierarchy

Summer is just around the corner. For many, the warmer weather will bring fun like grilling, hot dogs, baseball, outdoor jaunts and lighter clothing, but for many others it will bring the increased danger of mosquitoes and mosquito-borne illnesses like the Zika virus. This year the Zika virus is a particularly disastrous threat for women. […]

Glenn Northern

Hamilton and Griffin on Rights Catholics for Choice: Making Doctors Mad: Providers’ Conscience and Religious Freedom

Recently, a presidential candidate said abortion providers should be punished ifRoe v. Wade were ever overturned. Just a few days before, a colleague at the Center for Reproductive Rights and I spoke at a local university about existing limitations on reproductive health provision. Just like the Medical Students for Choice I met at their conference last October, these […]

Glenn Northern

Huffington Post Religious Liberty and the Big Business of Catholic Nonprofits

Imagine if your boss rifled through your purse to see if you were taking the pill. Or, in your annual review, your supervisor mentioned that he was disappointed that you used IVF to get pregnant. What if you had to sign a pledge to only use natural family planning in order to get the job? […]

Jon O'Brien

The Hill Zika coming our way: Points for Catholics to consider

The White House has announced a one-day summit on the Zika virus next month, as the virus is expected to arrive in the continental U.S. in June or July. The meeting will discuss the best approaches to address the disease. We know that there are devastating effects of Zika on women in Latin America, where […]

Jon O'Brien
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