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How the Bishops’ Directives Derail Medical Decisions at Catholic Hospitals

The bishops, who claim that Catholic institutions care for the poor and underserved in a fashion that surpasses other nonprofit hospitals, are engaging in a public relations campaign that is more myth than fact.

The bishops are engaging in a public relations campaign that is more myth than fact. Here are several claims you can expect to hear from the bishops—followed by the truth about what health care under the “Ethical and Religious Directives” means for people who need care at a Catholic hospital.

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Why We Are and Must Remain ‘Pro-Choice’

Both choice and reproductive justice have a place in our battle for women’s autonomy. But one cannot take the place of the other.

Both choice and reproductive justice have a place in our battle for women’s autonomy. But one cannot take the place of the other.

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The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics

Watch the entire film below or choose clips by topic here.

The story told by “The Secret History” isn’t just for Catholics. It gets to the heart of how we all make moral decisions and seek compassionate answers. Ultimately, the film is not just about history, but about how we live our faith today and where we want our church to go. More than that, it’s a vibrant declaration that we are not afraid.

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President Obama: Do the Right Thing on HIV Prevention

When it comes to making sure taxpayer-funded AIDS programs are comprehensive and designed to deliver the most effective interventions for people in need, the Obama administration’s track record has not been good.

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Fortnight For Freedom Is a Dangerous Sham. Let’s Celebrate Real Religious Freedom for All People

What we know, and what the bishops missed, is that religious freedom deserves more than a fortnight—and it’s about protecting more than the interests of a small group of men whose demands don’t reflect the needs and desires of the people they claim to represent.

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Pope Says Couples Who Conceive Through In-Vitro Fertilization Are Guilty Of Arrogance

At a Vatican conference on infertility last week, Pope Benedict XVI railed against reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization. This attack on reproductive technologies is yet another display of the Vatican’s lack of empathy and understanding and a vain attempt to hold back scientific development as well as impede access to reproductive technologies for couples around the world.

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Catholics and Contraception: Letters From the Laity Paint a Very Different Picture Than the Bishops Want You to See

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Catholics for Choice has been hearing a lot from Catholics who are indeed upset.  An excerpt from just one of the letters we’ve received: “I will start paying more attention to the bishops’ position on birth control on the day a Catholic bishop becomes pregnant. Until then I’ll stand with the 97 percent of Catholic women who use or have used birth control.”

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Do New Health Law Mandates Threaten Conscience Rights and Access to Care?

I firmly believe the requirements under the Affordable Care Act, and the slate of regulations being created to implement it, infringe on no one’s conscience, demand no one change her or his religious beliefs, discriminate against no man or woman, put no additional economic burden on the poor, interfere with no one’s medical decisions, compromise no one’s health — that is, if you consider the law without refusal clauses.

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United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Influential in Passage of Let Women Die Act 2011

Catholics today expressed anger about the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ role in promoting support for the so-called “Protect Life Act” (HR 358), a bill that will endanger women’s lives across the US with an extreme ban on abortion coverage while expanding permission for health professionals to refuse to provide reproductive healthcare services, even in life-threatening situations.

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Diocese of Phoenix Maligns Nun, Errs on Canon Law

The Archdiocese misrepresents church law to defend the excommunication of a nun who helped save a woman’s life by helping her access an abortion. Catholics for Choice calls out the inaccuracies with some clarification of canon law.

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