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Church or State? The Vatican Has Too Much Influence at the UN

Screenshot taken from the creative new video on the excessive power and abuse of that power of the Vatican.

It is simply unjust that one religion is allowed to act as a state, and use that power to block rights rather than protect them.

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My Short-Lived Hope for a More Compassionate Catholic Church

The Roman Catholic Church isn’t just a church, it is a world power.

Pope Francis said he objects to “laboratories” where out-of-touch people in power develop solutions to problems they don’t understand. Yet it seems those efforts don’t include a willingness to try and understand actual women’s lives.

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Pope Francis: Roman Catholic Church ‘Obsessed’ With Abortion, Contraception, Homosexuality

While last week's comments are an important (and long overdue) first step for the Vatican, it's hardly time for advocates of gender, reproductive, and sexual justice to rest on their laurels.

In a wide-ranging interview, Pope Francis said the Roman Catholic Church spends too much time talking about abortion, contraception, and homosexuality and suggested that these might not be the most important aspects of church doctrine.

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Silencing Debate on Women’s Lives: It’s Happening in Wisconsin, Too, and the Catholic Church Is an Accomplice

Under the proposal, any abortion coverage provided by any health plan through Obamacare insurance exchanges would have to be "disclosed to enrollees at the time of enrollment in the plan and shall be prominently displayed in any marketing or advertising materials."

Victims and witnesses to reproductive coercion, intimidation, and bullying must try to speak up, seek help, or intervene as the situation requires. When it comes to public and political behavior, calling reproductive coercion what it is the first step to ending it.

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Why Is El Salvador Letting a Woman Die?

A new lawsuit claims Catholic-owned hospitals are negligent in treating pregnant people while the Roberts Court takes up two challenges to the contraception mandate.

The only reasonable explanation for the public stand-off is that Beatriz and other resource-poor women are politically expendable, and that crossing the Catholic Church is seen as worse than being hung out in the press as inhumane.

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Human Rights Bodies Call on El Salvador to Provide Life-Saving Abortion

International human rights bodies are urging the government of El Salvador to act to save Beatriz. Please add your voice.

International human rights bodies are urging the government of El Salvador to act to save Beatriz. Please add your voice.

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In El Salvador, Yet Another Woman’s Life Subordinated to Non-Viable Fetus

The story of “Beatriz,” the 22-year-old woman caught in the firestorm of the abortion conflict in El Salvador, continues.

A 22-year-old Salvadoran woman with severe chronic medical conditions is pregnant with a fetus without a brain. But a 1998 law in El Salvador prohibits all abortions, without exception.

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Plan B and Ella Are Not Abortifacients, But False Claims May Hold Up In Court

emergency pills

And loathe as I am to admit it, all the studies in the world demonstrating that emergency contraception works not by preventing implantation but by preventing ovulation and therefore fertilization might not hold sway in court.

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Contradictions and Conservatism Muddle Hopes for Change Under Jesuit Pope

Emblem of the Jesuit Order

Bergoglio’s past statements show a lack of understanding of how fundamental reproductive autonomy is to economic justice.

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What’s in a Name Like Francis?

Pope Francis I

St. Francis was a non-violent reformer who gave up inherited riches to live, work with, and advocate for the poor. With the new Pope, I am hoping that there is something in a name.

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