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  • In Good Conscience: Conscience Clauses and Reproductive Rights in Europe
    2010, 24 pp.
    This publication provides an overview of conscience clauses and reproductive rights in Europe, along with a progressive Catholic perspective on conscience, conscience clauses and the provision of reproductive healthcare services.
  • De Buena Fe
    2010, 24 pp.
    En este folleto, Catholics for Choice ofrece una breve reseña de algunos de los temas principales del debate actual en América Latina, incluso la manera en que se ha manipulado el concepto de la conciencia en el contexto de la salud reproductiva y los derechos reproductivos.
  • Spaniards’ Views on Abortion Analysis of a nationwide public opinion survey in Spain
    Click here for the full results of the poll in Spanish.
    November 2009
    The Spanish public is currently engaged in a national debate over potential changes to the nation’s abortion laws. Belden Russonello & Stewart worked with Catholics for Choice to conduct public opinion research on Spaniards’ attitudes toward abortion and their views on Catholic Bishops’ efforts to restrict access to abortion. The short survey reported here is based on 1,001 interviews with Spaniards age 18 and over, conducted from November 10 to 13, 2009.
  • Despenalización del Aborto Terapéutico, Eugenésico y Ético
    28 y 29 de Octubre, 2009

    Intervención de CFC durante el Segundo Encuentro Binacional Nicaragua y El Salvador

    San Salvador

    Gladys Melo Pinzón PhD – Directora del Programa Internacional

  • An Ethical Approach to International Aid for Reproductive Health Services
    Conscience Winter 2008-2009
    This roundtable conversation brings together experts in the field to discuss the ethics of international development aid, specifically as it relates to sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  • Religion & Politics in the New Europe
    2008, 68 pp.
    Catholics for Choice organized the Religion & Politics in the New Europe forum on November 27, 2007 which brought together more than 100 members of the European Parliament, experts, advocates and public policy professionals. Bringing together those on both sides of the debate, many for the first time, the forum was part of a continuing and wide-ranging dialogue about the relationship between our government institutions and organized religious influences. This report helps create a better understanding of what should be the appropriate role for religion in contemporary politics.
  • Catholics for Choice Presentation to the European Parliament
    9 April 2008

    Catholics for Choice European Representative Elfriede Harth presented information to a hearing in the European Parliament on April 9, 2008, on women’s rights in Latin America and reproductive heath. It was attended by about 100 MEPs, and other staff from the parliament and the European Commission.

  • Special Report on Poland: Exorcising the Past, Imperiling the Future [PDF]
    Conscience, European Supplement 2006-2007

    Barbara Crossette traces the political history of Poland before and after the fall of communism, revealing the impact that different governments and political systems had on women’s rights and health care.  She highlights many aspects of the debate, including the role of the Catholic hierarchy, illegal abortion, a prochoice but politically inactive public as well as Poland’s role on the international stage.

  • The Vatican and Reproductive Freedom [PDF]
    Conscience, European Supplement 2006-2007
    Frances Kissling addressed a parliamentary committee in the United Kingdom about the Catholic hierarchy’s views on population growth and reproductive freedom, while highlighting the range of views that exist within the church.
  • Moving Forward by Looking Back: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s Preparation for the Papacy [PDF]
    2006, 38 pp.
    Before he was elected pope, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger served as head of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith  for 23 years. This report chronicles the statements, policies and decisions of the man known as “the Vatican’s Enforcer”  during that period. 
  • Conservative Catholic Influence in Europe

    The Conservative Catholic Influence in Europe series is comprised of investigative fact sheets that expose the positions and alliances of some of the more aggressive opponents of reproductive health and rights throughout Europe: 

  • UNfulfilled
    Conscience Winter 2004-05
    The Holy See backs off from its claim fo full membership of the UN, settling for the rights already held by Palestine.
  • A World View: Catholic Attitudes on Sexual Behavior and Reproductive Health
    2004, 28 pp.

    An indispensable report that provides opinion data, demographical information and behaviors of Catholics from dozens of countries around the world. While the institutional Roman Catholic church - at the global, national and local levels - exerts substantial influence on public policy and even medical practices in reproductive health, the data reveal that the policies advocated by the pope and bishops do not reflect the diversity of attitudes and practices among Catholic people themselves. On contraception, abortion, condoms for HIV-prevention and other matters of family life, Catholic attitudes and behavior often clash with church teaching.

  • Attitudes of Catholics on Reproductive Rights, Church-State, and Related Issues
    2004, 45 pp.

    Three national surveys in Bolivia, Colombia and Mexico that reveal the attitudes of Catholics on priorities for the church, the role of the church in political affairs, sexual and reproductive health and rights, sexual abuse and more.

  • Preserving Power and Privilege: The Vatican's Agenda in the European Union
    2003, 43 pp.
    This investigative report exposes the truth about the Roman Catholic church's activities in the European Union. Issues such as the European Constitution, abortion, the family and the future of religious freedom in the European Union are discussed as elements of the Holy See's European plans.
  • Catholic Voices on the Rights of Women in Africa
    2003, 20 pp.
    Highlights the common ground between the Beijing conference Platform for Action and Catholic social teaching in several key areas. Recommendations include informing Catholics and other individuals about what they can do to challenge the church and society to ensure that the human rights of women and girls are realized.
  • The United Nations Population Fund in China: A Catalyst for Change
    2003, 55 pp.

    In 2003, CFFC sent an interfaith delegation to China to investigate claims that the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) was participating in coercive practices regarding reproductive health choices. This report details their findings and makes the case that not only is UNFPA not participating in coercion, but in counties where there is a UNFPA presence, women's reproductive health and freedom has dramatically improved.

  • NGO Shadow Reports on States Parties Reporting to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
    2003-05, from 12-30 pp.

    Since 2002, CFFC has partnered with national-level child rights organizations and progressive Catholic reform groups to produce and submit Shadow Reports to the Committee on the Rights of the Child during their examination of the periodic reports submitted by various States Parties.

  • The Holy See and the Convention on the Rights of the Child: A Shadow Report [PDF]
    2002, 42 pp.
    After CFFC presented a preliminary report on the worldwide problem of sexual abuse of children and adolescents by Catholic clergy and religious to the Committee on the Rights of the Child at the UN, the Committee invited CFFC to develop this report to detail the Holy See's compliance as a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The report delineates how the Holy See is skirting the Convention and what action steps need to be taken immediately.  See also the executive summary.
  • The Catholic Church at the United Nations: Church or State? [PDF]
    2001, 42 pp.
    An analysis of the special role granted to the Holy See at the UN and the church's influence on international policy.
  • Religion and Public Policy at the UN [PDF]
    2000, 70 pp.
    A comprehensive report based on research, case studies and analysis by the Religion Counts project to make clear the role of religion at the United Nations and its world forums.

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