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Conscience: The Newsjournal of Catholic Opinion


Vol. XXXV - No. 4
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Press Release

Catholics to Congress: Respect the Conscience Rights of DC Residents

20 April 2015 - Today, Catholics for Choice spoke out for the conscience rights of DC residents at an event with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, representative for the District of Columbia. The Catholic bishops are trying to bully the District’s elected representatives by urging Congress to block DC’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act. This blatantly disregards the will of the DC Council and DC residents and flies in the face of our Catholic tradition of social justice. Read more.

Press Release

Faith Organizations Urge President Obama
to End Helms Amendment

30 March 2015 - Today, Catholics for Choice joined 30 other faith-based organizations in a letter to President Obama, urging him to take immediate action and end the implementation of the harsh Helms Amendment that all but eliminates access to safe and legal abortion for many. Read more.

LEtters and op-eds

The hard truth about reproductive health under Obama

2 March 2015 - In The Hill, CFC president Jon O’Brien questions the Obama administration’s commitment to reproductive rights. Read more.

New Publication

You Are Not Alone: Catholic Women
and the Abortion Decision

You Are Not Alone


Catholic women facing the abortion decision often feel alone when they walk into a clinic. "You Are Not Alone" is a new resource that affirms their decisions through a solid grounding in our religious tradition.

Order "You Are Not Alone" from the CFC online store.

Read "You Are Not Alone."



Francis' Blind Spot

Francis' Blind Spot


Catholics and non-Catholics are won over by Pope Francis’ ability to see the needs of the poor and disenfranched. But for all his reported compassion, Francis does not see the needs of one group: women. This issue sheds light on his blind spot. Read more.

Catholics Applaud Defeat of abortion Ban

Extremism Defeats HR 36 on Eve of Antichoice Roe v. Wade March

22 January 2015 - HR 36 was based on arbitrary gestational limits and junk science that would impose a dangerous limitation on abortion, putting women’s health and rights at risk. It was too dangerous, too extreme even for conservatives.

In a full-page advertisement in Politico, we lifted up one woman’s story to illustrate the harm of such restrictive legislation. Read more.


Press Release

Catholics to Pope Francis: We're Not Rabbits

20 January 2015 - "Pope Francis's comments yesterday disparaging Catholic men and women for 'breeding like rabbits' are particularly troubling because of the Catholic hierarchy's continued global war on birth control and reproductive choice," said Jon O'Brien, president of Catholics for Choice. "Pope Francis needs to confess the sin he is guilty of—along with his brother bishops in the Catholic hierarchy—that of being a gatekeeper who stops people from making responsible decisions about sex." Read more.


Catholic Theology the Bishops Won't Talk About


It’s not just regular Catholics that are being left out of the bishops’ synod. There’s more to Catholic teaching on sexuality and reproductive choices than you’ll hear from the Vatican. Watch this video to learn about some of the best kept secrets about Catholicism on these issues that are critical to Catholics today.

Coalition for Liberty & Justice

Liberty and Justice for All


A new short film from the Coalition for Liberty & Justice shows what happens when religious extremists in the US use religion as a license to discriminate against hospital staff, teachers and other workers who do not conform to the extremists’ views of what is acceptable. This discrimination takes place using your tax dollars. Read more.

Contraception Coverage at the Supreme Court

Catholics for Choice Supports Real Religious Liberty

Africa Calling


We are disheartened by the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Burwelll v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Burwell cases.

You can find additional resources about religious liberty on our resource page.