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.
In a victory for Irish women, and to some degree women everywhere, thetoday ruled that Ireland’s strict law forbidding abortions even in dire circumstances violated the right to life of a pregnant woman suffering from cancer.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vatican declares today that ordination of women is among gravest of sins. It is now in the same category as child molestation.