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The Authoritarian Agenda Behind Attacks on Contraception

The war on contraception seeks to replace bedrock values–equality, freedom of thought, freedom of conscience, democracy–with blind obedience to authority and second class status for women.

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“La Operación:” How the Church Contributed to Sterilization Abuse in Puerto Rico

The Catholic Church inadvertently pushed women toward sterilization rather than risk committing a continuous offense against the Church.

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Halting Second Trimester Abortions in Catholic Hospitals?

Whose rights are being protected when Catholic hospitals halt second trimester abortions for women who come in with anti-choice activists seeking care?

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Hooray for UNFPA

A MUST SEE video with UNFPA views and the Catholic Church’s views on family planning in the Philippines.

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Bishops vs. Nuns: Who Spoke for the Catholic Church in 2010?

From health care reform to the life-saving abortion for a young mother in Phoenix, the Catholic Church hierachy has been deeply divided with nuns on one side and bishops on the other.

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European Court Finds Ireland’s Abortion Law Violates Rights of Pregnant Woman with Cancer

In a victory for Irish women, and to some degree women everywhere, the European Court of Human Rights today ruled that Ireland’s strict law forbidding abortions even in dire circumstances violated the right to life of a pregnant woman suffering from cancer.

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Honoring Elizabeth Edwards by Trusting Women

The media’s and the public’s treatment of Elizabeth Edward’s decisions mirrors our society’s treatment of women’s decisions writ large: Do they really know what they’re doing?

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Ross Douthat Has Some Predictably Asinine Opinions About the Catholic Church + Contraception

Ross always seems eager (like, weirdly eager) to opine on women’s sexual choices and the inevitable deviance of those choices.  Like usual, he’s reluctant to come right out and say that he thinks that birth control is only for bad, bad women, but that seems to be the bottom line.

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USCCB Passes Over “Obama-Lover and Homosexualist” for “Strict Defender of Church Orthodoxy”

The USCCB elects the conservative Archbishop of New York, a “defender of church orthodoxy,” over its current vice president, who was subject to a smear campaign.

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Church-State Collusion: An Attorney’s Account of the Loss of Women’s Rights in Jalisco, Mexico

In 2008 the Mexican Supreme Court upheld the law permitting voluntary abortion up to twelve weeks in Mexico City.  A backlash began immediately and 17 Mexican states have now reformed their state constitutions to define life as beginning at conception.  The following testimonial was written by a pro-choice attorney who was in the legislative chamber on the day that the constitutional reform was passed in the conservative state of Jalisco.

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