president, Catholics for Choice
Jon O’Brien is president of Catholics for Choice (CFC), the leading international prochoice organisation that gives voice to those who support sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) as a core value and moral imperative. He is a leader in developing global strategies to advance reproductive freedom, make the moral case for choice, and counter conservative religious opposition to reproductive health access. Jon has worked on five continents with partners – including policy leaders, prochoice advocates, family planning associations, healthcare professionals and others – to bolster their communications and advocacy to make gains in reproductive rights and access.
A life-long Catholic, born and raised in the Republic of Ireland, Jon’s involvement in reproductive rights was sparked by his reaction to the great injustices that women face as a result of the Catholic hierarchy’s influence over public policy in that country. He worked on the front lines of reproductive health provision with the Irish Family Planning Association, developing a strategy that successfully engineered the downfall of Ireland’s restrictive contraceptive laws. Before joining CFC in 1996, he worked with the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s European Bureau in London, overseeing the federation’s work establishing family planning clinics in Eastern Europe.
Follow Jon on Twitter: @Catholic4Choice
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