· · · · · 

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.

· · · · · 

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.

· · · · · 

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?

· · · · · 

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.

· · · · · 

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.

· · · · · 

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.

· · · · · 

Roundup: Same Old Sexism About Abortion

Women are infantile and easily influenced when it comes to their own bodies, according to a columnist for the Washington Times; and Belgium has their hands full (of pie!) when it comes to their new archbishop.

· · · · · 

Dirty Campaigning, Brazilian Style

The 2010 Brazilian presidential elections marked the first time abortion became a highly debated campaign issue and it followed a fairly American script, replete with allegations that the front runner, was a lesbian, a child-killer, a socialist.

· · · · · 

Weekly Pulse: The Religious Right vs. Birth Control

HHS has 18 months to decide whether to require insurers to provide oral contraceptives, IUDs, and other prescription birth control with no co-pay.  The far right is already organizing against this.

· · · · · 

Ordaining a Woman Equals Raping a Child

Vatican declares today that ordination of women is among gravest of sins. It is now in the same category as child molestation.

· · · · ·