While many people assume that Catholic lay organizations like the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic League and Priests for Life have benevolent missions, the truth is that these organizations invest considerable money and energy, not on charitable causes, but on conservative political campaigns, such as restricting access to abortion and contraception and discriminating against LGBTQ people.
Catholics for Choice conducts original research on right-wing religious groups and individuals that use their funding and their platform to try to influence public policies, particularly around blocking access to reproductive health care. We seek to uncover the political agendas and legal strategies behind these groups posing as religious entities with charitable missions. Many of these organizations are funded by wealthy, conservative Catholic laypersons, so when we investigate, we also follow the money. We are always happy to share the information we find with others and are always interested in tips.
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Questions about Opposition
We've compiled these talking points to help inform Catholic conversations about the opposition.
Catholic and Christian right-wing groups that want to restrict people’s access to comprehensive health care and reproductive services are organized, well-funded and well-connected. Some also want to restrict civil rights based on twisted interpretations of religious freedom. They pressure policymakers and influence legislation, and they spend a lot of time in the highest courts in the land making claims to religious liberty than impinge on human rights.
By exposing their tactics and beliefs, we can best challenge their attempts to limit or restrict individual rights to access contraception, abortion, workplace protections and other health care services.
At Catholics for Choice, we strive to be a voice for millions of Catholics who try to live out their faith while also questioning the church’s teaching on matters related to sex, marriage, family life and motherhood. We seek to challenge the taboo morality that has led to the church’s doctrine on sex, sexuality and reproductive health, and we call for dialogue on these ethically complex issues. We are part of the large majority of Catholics who believe that the church’s teachings on conscience mean that every individual must follow their consciences—and respect others’ rights to do the same.
We help individuals, policymakers and organizations challenge the power of the Catholic hierarchy, which plays a massive role in influencing public policy that affects everyone—Catholic or not—by limiting the availability of reproductive health care services worldwide.