Fighting condoms in high schools, trying to defund Planned Parenthoods, bemoaning birth control being covered by insurers, and trying to excommunicate Catholics. Pro-life Wisconsin and their cohorts have been busy this year. A look at reproductive rights in Wisconsin.
Many Catholic bishops have voiced unconditional opposition to any health reform bill that “funds” abortion–though no current bill does. Catholics, many of whom self-identify as “pro-life,” would support health reform even with abortion coverage.
This week SIECUS is writing a series of live-blogs for RH Reality Check from the World Congress of Families in Amsterdam. Catholics for Choice, also attending the conference, has developed the following set of bios on Catholic participants in the conference program.
Catholics for Choice criticizes the appointment of anti-choice Catholic advocate and former ED of Catholics for the Common Good Alexia Kelley to key HHS position.
Catholics are assimilated into American culture, and Americans have an unequivocal relationship with contraception: we want it, we need it, we use it.
After outcry from the Latino and Catholic communities, Univision has agreed to play radio ads promoting the message that “good Catholics use condoms.”
The thought of people refusing to serve a person of color due to their personal objection to desegregation is now considered indefensible, but refusal of service due to personal religious objections is not a thing of the past.
Despite the church hierarchy’s claims that abortion needed to be the one issue that Catholics voted on, Catholics overwhelmingly disagreed with the idea that abortion should be the deciding factor this election.
The concept of conscience has been repeatedly manipulated, especially in the context of reproductive health and rights. While some have pointed to Catholic teaching to support the imposition of ever-more restrictive refusal clauses, they do not, reflect the Catholic position.
Right wingers are appealing to the political parties and to universities to punish the straying Catholics–bishops can’t find traction, the government can’t do it, and the “problem” of Catholics showing common sense is out of control.