The Coalition for Liberty & Justice 2016 Forum

Coalition for Liberty and Justice



On September 16, 2016 in Washington, DC, the Coalition for Liberty & Justice held their second forum on religious liberty.

The day-long conference featured an intersectional group of speakers on women’s rights, LGBT rights, journalism, medicine, and religion. Panel topics included the media’s responsibility in reporting about religious liberty, how religious doctrine affects the provision of medical services and how recent accommodations allow religious institutions to discriminate.


First Freedoms: The Media’s Portrayal of Religious Liberty and Why Framing Matters

Welcome and Introduction by Sara Hutchinson Ratcliffe, Catholics for Choice

Moderator: Frederick Clarkson, Political Research Associates

Patricia Miller, Religion Dispatches
Adele Stan, Alternet and The American Prospect


Bogus Arguments and Bad Medicine: Bishops in the Exam Room

Moderator: Sonja Spoo, Catholics for Choice

Susan Berke Fogel, National Health Law Program
Aram Schvey, Center for Reproductive Rights
Wayne Shields, Associated of Reproductive Health Professionals


Whose Religious Liberty is it Anyway?
Moderator: Glenn Northern, Catholics for Choice

Ann Marie Benitez, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Larry Decker, Secular Coalition for America
Marianne Duddy-Burke, DignityUSA

Closing remarks by Glenn Northern, Catholics for Choice

Catholics for Choice