73% of Catholics say they believe Catholic politicians are under no religious obligation to vote on issues the way the bishops recommend.
Religion in Public Policy
Catholics for Choice believes voices of religion and religious traditions are an important part of public discourse. CFC believes in a world where all voices, the voices of the religious and of the secular, of Catholics and non-Catholics alike, are heard throughout public policy discussions. CFC works to ensure an appropriate role for religion in public life through:
- Defending prochoice Catholic policy makers who come under attack from the Vatican and conservative Catholics when they stand up for the needs of women—and the wishes of their constituents—in support of comprehensive reproductive healthcare services;
- Promoting discourse on the role of religion in public policy at the European Parliament, in Latin America and at the state and federal levels in the US by convening public debates with policy makers on the growing tensions over the role of religion in public policy; and
- Countering the disproportionate weight that the views of the Vatican are given in policy making by campaigning against its special status at the United Nations and in other political systems.