Magazine article Insight on the News

Hillary's Friends Intensify Campaign against Catholic Church

Magazine article Insight on the News

Hillary's Friends Intensify Campaign against Catholic Church

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Friends and allies of first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton have ratcheted up an international campaign against the Roman Catholic Church. An assortment of feminist, religious, atheist, environmentalist and Marxist groups, united in opposition to the church's leadership in the resistance against spreading abortion rights around the world, is trying to persuade U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to de-recognize the church from its permanent-observer status in the world organization.

Led by the International Planned Parenthood Federation and a U.S.-based group calling itself Catholics for a Free Choice, the campaign, named "See Change," has grown from 70 nongovernmental endorsers since last March to more than 400 today. It isn't exactly a mainstream campaign. Among a smattering of church groups, endorsers include Atheists United; the Bolivian Rebellion Collective; the Feminist Majority; the International Society of Abortion Doctors; the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League; the National Organization for Women; Planned Parenthood Federation of America; Republicans for Choice; the Sierra Club; the Women's Ordination Conference; the Quixote Center, which was famous in the 1980s for supporting Fidel Castro-backed revolutionary groups; and a group calling itself Dirty Dirt & the Dirts. …

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