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Catholics for Choice Healthcare Resources

All eyes are on Washington, DC, as Congress continues to debate healthcare reform. Catholics for Choice has been in the thick of it, meeting with members of Congress, working with our colleagues to move the debate forward and providing extensive comment to the media on a host of related issues. Our poll continues to inform the debate, as we work to correct misinformation and provide accurate information about what Catholics really believe about healthcare reform.

Below, please find all of CFC’s resources on healthcare reform:


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Abortion & the Bishops: Playing Politics with Women's Lives

What happens to the separation of church and state when top US Catholic bishops hold health-care reform hostage?

That’s the topic of the cover story in the just-published issue of Ms. Magazine.

Catholics for Choice’s president, Jon O’Brien, answers the question, and takes a closer look at the US bishops’ interventions in healthcare reform—from threatening Members of Congress who vote for women’s rights and health, to using back-room dealing to push strident antichoice legislation through the House and Senate.  All the while falsely claiming that they represent the opinions of American Catholics on issues related to women’s rights and health.

Catholics for Choice is the only international prochoice organization that meets the Catholic bishops’ false claims head on and presents the real facts about Catholic support for women’s reproductive health.  In this article, Jon O’Brien gives the back story and the true story about Catholics, the bishops, and healthcare reform in the US.

An excerpt is available online and the complete issue is available today on newsstands, or visit www.MsMagazine.com to get your own subscription.


CFC Statement on Healthcare Reform


We Believe in Healthcare Reform

August 2009




Catholic Voters’ Views on Health Care Reform and Reproductive Health Care Services: A National Opinion Survey of Catholic Voters

September 2009


According to a new poll of Catholic voters carried out by Belden Russonello and Stewart for Catholics for Choice, Catholics support healthcare reform and support a plan that would include funding for abortion. The vast majority of those polled, 84 percent, attend church regularly, from several times a week to a few times a year. The results show that the views of Catholics have been seriously misrepresented by the US bishops and by conservative Catholics in the debate over healthcare reform.

Read a one-page summary of the poll (PDF)

Read the entire poll with detailed findings (PDF)

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January 21, 2010

When Bart Stupak inserted the US Catholic bishops' antiabortion amendment into healthcare reform legislation, he put the demands of the bishops' lobbyists over the needs of women and the interests of the voters.


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December 2, 2009

If the Catholic bishops have their way, many medical treatments and preventative measures we take for granted may be under threat.  The pressure that the US bishops have brought to bear on the debate over healthcare reform has been widely reported.  An ad in the Washington Post warns of the likely impact if that pressure to influence healthcare policy is not curtailed.


Conscience: Speak Out for Healthcare


In the lead article in the latest issue of Conscience, CFC president Jon O'Brien and vice president Sara Morello reflect on the healthcare debate in light of these poll figures, alongside a lengthy explanation of results.

CFC is now featuring a new, interactive online version of ConscienceClick here or on the icon above to view all of the enhanced features. 


Press Releases

Healthcare Reform: One Step Forward for America; One Step Back for Women's Rights

March 21, 2010

American Catholics Want Bishops Out of Healthcare Reform

March 5, 2010

In Taking a Lead from the Bishops, Democratic Leadership Is out of Step with Voters

January 6, 2010

Catholics for Choice Statement on Healthcare Reform Package

December 19, 2009

Senator Ben Nelson Puts US Bishops' Interests Ahead of Americans' Healthcare Needs

December 7, 2009


Everybody's Healthcare Is Threatened by Catholic Bishops' Interference

December 2, 2009

Catholics for Choice Statement on Healthcare Reform Bill

November 8, 2009

Catholics for Choice Statement on Antiabortion Amendment to Healthcare Reform Bill

November 7, 2009


Catholics Do Not Support the Bishops' Stance on Healthcare

October 13, 2009


CFC in the News


House Democrats Still in Search of Abortion Agreement on Health Care Bill

Congressional Quarterly

March 9, 2010

Abortion Could be Health Bill Deal Breaker in House


March 8, 2010

Hands off Health Care, US Catholic Group Tells Bishops

Agence France-Presse

March 5, 2010

'Hyde-ing' the Right to Choose

National Radio Project

January 19, 2010

Catholic Bishops too Powerful?

Washington Post On Faith

January 15, 2010

Abortion Funding Amendment Headed to Likely Defeat in Senate

Congressional Quarterly

December 7, 2009

Obama Can't Let Bishops Set U.S. Policy

Chicago Sun-Times

November 25, 2009

Did Catholic Bishops' Advocacy Cross the Line?

National Journal

November 23, 2009

U.S. Bishops Assert Their Authority

Washington Post: On Faith

November 21, 2009

Stupak Like a Fox


November 19, 2009

Catholic Bishops Claim Moral Authority Amidst 'Confusion'

USA Today

November 17, 2009

Religious Abortion Rights Backers Push to Change Health Care Bill


November 16, 2009

Catholic Bishops' Influence on Healthcare Bill

Los Angeles Times

November 16, 2009

Abortion and Health Care Legislation: Letter to the Editor

New York Times

November 13, 2009

Catholic Bishops' Lobby a Force on the Hill


November 13, 2009

The Congress of Catholic Bishops

Tribune Media Services

November 12, 2009

Do We Know What Catholics Want?

Philippine Daily Inquirer

November 10, 2009

Catholic Bishops Call the Shots on Health Care Reform

Mother Jones

November 9, 2009

Politics, Not Religion, At Heart of Health Care Reform Wrangle on Abortion

Religion Dispatches

November 6, 2009

Abortion Language Creates Snag for Health Bill


November 3, 2009

Revela Sondeo Mayor Liberalidad de Latinos Católicos sobre Aborto

SPD Noticias

October 1, 2009

U.S. Catholics Support Health Reform; Reject Position Advanced by Bishops

The Colorado Independent

October 1, 2009