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On Contraceptive Coverage, It’s Not Up to Obama to Decide What is More “Catholic”

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The President seems unaware of the fact that Catholics who matter have disagreed with the Vatican’s current prohibition on contraception. Catholics, including institutions within the Catholic community, are free to follow their conscience on contraception. It is not up to the Obama administration to decide what action is more “Catholic” on the matter of contraception.

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Taking Stock: Some Choice Reflections at the Year End

Is the pro-choice movement doing enough to ensure access for poor women?  Ask yourself what more you can do, and act on at least some of the recommendations included here.

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Is Dialogue on Abortion Useful? Response to Marcotte

Some of us think that a civil public dialogue on abortion based on values, facts and outcomes would result in better public policy and less tea party rage.

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The Pope, Condoms, and Contraception: Let’s Get This Conversation Started

The Pope’s remarks on condoms have created an opening for a debate that up to now the church has wanted to avoid.  Let’s take up the Pope’s remarks about sexuality as well as the basis of the opposition to contraception and kickstart that long overdue debate.

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Abortion: Anything New to Be Said?

An upcoming conference on abortion was inspired by President Obama’s call for those on different sides of the issue not only to work together where we agree, but also to engage in “vigorous debate” with “open hearts, open minds, and fair minded words.”

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The Positive Meaning and Value of “Choice”

Choice is a central component of the rational human being. It is especially important that we assert it for women whose choices are constrained by circumstances along with efforts to increase the circumstances that give women more choices.

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The Answer to Stupak? Overturn Hyde Now

Our biggest defeat since 1973 was enactment of the Hyde Amendment and the lack of an uncompromising commitment to overturning it. If nothing else, we must now make overturning Hyde the single objective of our movement.

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Family Planning is a Green Technology

Two hundred million women worldwide want to avoid pregnancy but lack access to contraception. Recent research suggests that filling this gap is a humane and cost-effective human rights and environmental strategy.

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Exploiting the Healthcare Debate to Restrict Abortion

Faith groups now want to expand the Hyde Amendment so that everyone is denied coverage for abortion care even with private insurance, while the same groups are ignoring the exclusion of undocumented workers.

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Exploiting the Health Care Debate to Restrict Abortion

Before the congressional recess, moderate pro-life and
pro-choice leaders agreed both sides would not
seek provisions in healthcare reform to change the status quo on abortion. But the good will of the pro-choicers has not been met by pro-lifers.

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