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Patricia Miller is the author of Good Catholics: The Battle over Abortion in the Catholic Church. She writes extensively about the intersection of sex, politics and religion. Her work has appeared in The Nation, Ms. magazine, and Religion Dispatches. She is the former editor-in-chief of National Journal’s Daily Health Briefings and of Conscience magazine.

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Why Pro-Choice Catholics Matter

(36) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 5:27 PM

On an unseasonably warm January day exactly one year after the Supreme Court made abortion legal, a 49-year-old woman clad in ersatz vestments made her way up the steps of St. Patrick's Cathedral. When she reached the top of the stairs, she turned and faced a crowd of supporters intermingled...

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Doctors vs. Doctrine: Where Does Religion End and Medicine Begin?

(6) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 3:01 PM

Thanks to the debate over the "contraceptive mandate" in the Affordable Care Act, which requires health insurance policies to cover prescription birth control at no cost, it's not a secret that many Catholic institutions and employers object to providing contraceptives. A key point of their "conscience" objection to providing contraceptives...

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The Catholic Church Started the Culture Wars -- Now Can They End Them?

(49) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 4:03 PM


This week, the U.S. Catholic bishops are gathering in Baltimore for their semi-annual meeting. It's the first gathering of the U.S. prelates since the Catholic Church's rocky Extraordinary Synod on the Family and a chance for the bishops to demonstrate that...

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3 Ways Pope Francis Has Let Women Down

(89) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 12:33 PM

The election of Pope Francis and early indications that he wasn't a business-as-usual pontiff -- from washing the feet of women on Holy Thursday to saying that atheists could go to heaven -- was greeted with great hope that he signaled if not a revolution, at least a major leap...

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Why the Catholic Church's Suppression of Abortion Dissent Should Concern Us All

(207) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 5:29 PM

In recent years the U.S. Catholic bishops have been among the strongest proponents of "religious freedom," by which they mean the right of Catholics to express values, such as opposition to same-sex marriage or contraception, in their daily lives. For example, they've pushed strenuously for a broad-based exemption to the...

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Ending Medical Manipulation

(61) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 4:30 PM

When Todd Akin said that women who had been raped were at little risk of getting pregnant because their bodies had "ways to try to shut that whole thing down" he didn't misspeak, though that's what he claimed. He spoke all too clearly about a conservative worldview based on a...

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