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Conscience: The Newsjournal of Catholic Opinion


Vol. XXXVI - No. 1
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Press Release

New Poll: What Do Millennials in the Time of Francis Believe?


29 June 2015 - When Pope Francis visits the United States this fall, he will no doubt be surrounded by young Catholics. But new polling of Catholic Millennials released today in Conscience magazine shows that while they have positive views of Pope Francis, they express beliefs that stand in stark contrast to the Catholic hierarchy on everything from abortion to same-sex marriage to equality for women in the church. Read more.

Support Real Religious Liberty, Not Discrimination

On Sunday, June 21, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops launched their annual campaign to promote discrimination. Though the bishops call it a “Fortnight for Freedom,” make no mistake: The bishops’ idea of religious freedom is the freedom to discriminate against anyone who disagrees with them, and they want all of us to join them.

Join us in the fight for real religious freedom


The Youth Today

The Youth Today

When Pope Francis visits the United States this fall, he will no doubt be surrounded by young Catholics. But what do we know about their beliefs? Do they stand with the hierarchy on everything from abortion, to same-sex marriage, to equality for women in the church? Learn more about the poll and read our take on the data in the latest issue of Conscience.

Press Release

Cruel Bill Plays Politics with Women’s Health and Lives: Why Catholics Reject 20-Week Ban

The US House and Senate have introduced a 20-week abortion ban. This legislation is an extreme and heartless attack on a woman’s right to make a decision about what is best for herself and her family. Read CFC’s statements on the House and Senate bills and tell your Senator to oppose this ban.

Press Release

Faith Leaders to President Obama:
Take Executive Action Now on Helms


4 June 2015 - Catholics for Choice joins a diverse coalition of faith-based and other advocacy organizations from around the country, as well as a rape survivor from Kenya, to urge President Obama to take immediate action to end the implementation of the harsh Helms Amendment. Read more.

CFC president Jon O'Brien calls out President Obama's disappointing record on reproductive health.

Read more about the history and effects of the Helms amendment in Conscience magazine.

Washington Post calls Helms "an inhumane U.S. policy."

Nancy Kaufman, CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women, says the consequences of this policy are deadly.

Thirty-one national faith-based organizations ask President Obama to take executive action to end the Helms amendment.

New Publication

An International Summit on Reproductive Choice

An International Summit on Reproductive Choice

At a unique two-day summit, more than 70 advocates, service providers and academics from across the globe discussed how best to defend and advance women’s reproductive choices. The summit was organized by Catholics for Choice, along with Portugal’s Associação para o Planeamento da Família and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service. Summit speakers debated the difficult issues that have long challenged those in the domestic and international reproductive health field. Select proceedings in this publication offer groundbreaking perspectives on thorny issues like later abortion, fetal pain, sex selection and fetal anomaly. Read more.

CFC Supports RHNDA

Stop Abusing Religion to Discriminate Against DC Workers

CFC staffer Glenn Northern speaks on Capitol Hill about CFC's support of RHNDA.

On April 30, Congress voted to overturn the DC Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act (RHNDA), a bill unanimously passed by the DC City Council that would protect the conscience rights of those living and working in the District. Without RHNDA, employees in the District could be fired or face other retribution for their reproductive health decisions. A woman could be fired for having an abortion, a man could be paid less because his wife uses birth control or a woman could be demoted for having a child without being married. Read more.

Stand in solidarity with the majority of Catholics in the District who believe no woman should be fired or punished for her private reproductive healthcare decisions.

Read past statements from CFC on the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act:

Catholics to Congress: Respect the Conscience Rights of DC Residents

Catholics for Choice Remarks on Republican Disapproval Resolution to Overturn D.C. Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act

Catholics Urge Congress to Protect the Conscience Rights of DC Residents

Testimony by CFC on behalf of Women Employed at Catholic Institutions Regarding Bill 20-790, Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act of 2014

Testimony on CFC support for Bill 20-790, Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act of 2014

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.

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."



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.