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Development Aid: What You Need to Know
To mark World AIDS Day, Catholics for Choice is highlighting the dark side of development aid. Faith-based organizations—particularly Catholic agencies, which the Vatican claims provide 30 percent of AIDS care in Africa and 25 percent of AIDS care globally—take taxpayer money to provide healthcare services to the neediest communities throughout the world, but sometimes pick and choose who to help and which services to offer.
Urge international development agencies to require transparency in healthcare provision. Faith-based healthcare providers should offer comprehensive, evidence-based services, not dogma.
Pope Francis Exposes His Blind Spot on Women
26 November 2013 - Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, released a statement about Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudiam: “When it comes to women, we certainly agree that ‘demands that the legitimate rights of women be respected, based on the firm conviction that men and women are equal in dignity, present the Church with profound and challenging questions which cannot be lightly evaded.’ But evasion is exactly what Pope Francis does when he asserts that abortion and women’s ordination can be isolated from the economic and social justice issues that he purports to champion. Read more.
Catholics Respond to Supreme Court Hearings
on Affordable Care Act
26 November 2013 - Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, said of the announcement that the Supreme Court agreed hear two challenges to the Affordable Care Act, “The court’s decision in these cases could have far-reaching implications—not only for employees’ right to decide on the healthcare they need according to their own beliefs and not those of their employer. The final ruling could also have a severe impact upon an employee’s right to make any personal decision with which an employer may disagree: the choice to have an abortion, to become pregnant using in vitro fertilization, whether to cohabit, to marry a person of the same sex, to have a child as a single woman, to have a blood transfusion, to donate to stem-cell research or to be remarried after a divorce.” Read more.
Catholics Play Major Role in Defeat of Albuquerque Antiabortion Ballot Measure
Catholics in Albuquerque joined their neighbors, friends and fellow residents in defeating a ballot measure that would have banned abortion in the city after 20 weeks with no exceptions for rape, incest or the health of a pregnant woman. Catholics across the city spoke out in the weeks leading up to the vote, taking a stand to show support for women’s moral autonomy and their right to make conscience-based decisions about their own health and lives. Read more.
Bishops' Conference Needs to Listen to Catholics
Extreme and Heartless Restrictions Target Women Who Need Later Abortion
The Awesome Power of Choice
In the latest issue of Conscience magazine, Catholics for Choice invited advocates, activists, policymakers and reproductive health workers from around the world to tell us why they are prochoice. We were overwhelmed by the heartfelt and thoughtful responses from every continent and walk of life. Go to Why I Am Prochoice and read their essays. You may also submit your own by clicking the link at the bottom of the map.
Is Pope Francis going to conduct business as usual at the United Nations?
20 September 2013 - All eyes are on the UN as the General Assembly begins its annual meeting. We have yet to see whether Pope Francis' recent conciliatory words will be put into action at the UN, or if the Holy See will continue to use its elevated status to obstruct women's rights. As we wait, a new video from Catholics for Choice raises concerns about the Vatican's influence at the United Nations.
Read "The Catholic Church at the United Nations: Church or State?," which tells the story of how the Catholic church came to be the only religion with the privileges of a state at the United Nations.
Coalition for Liberty & Justice
Defending Real Religious Liberty for All
Experts from the Coalition for Liberty & Justice and allies from the international community met to discuss the current state of church/state separation in light of the US State Department’s announcement of the creation of the Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives, as well as the ongoing litigation over federal contraceptive coverage requirements. Listen to talks by leading religious liberty activists and learn more about this event.
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"The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics"
“The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics” is a new documentary-style film produced by Catholic for Choice. Featuring interviews with leading experts in the fields of theology, philosophy and ethics, it sets the record straight about Catholic social teaching on issues related to sex and sexuality.
- Pope Francis Exposes His Blind Spot on Women
10 November 2013
- Catholics Respond to Supreme Court Hearings on Affordable Care Act
26 November 2013
- Catholic Play Major Role in Defeat of Albuquerque Antiabortion Ballot Measure
20 November 2013
- Prochoice Catholics in ABQ Are Raising Their Voices in the Media
12 November 2013
In The News
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19 November 2013
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18 November 2013
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16 November 2013