Debra W. Haffner




Stories by Debra W. Haffner

The religious case for legalized abortion

It is the 39th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. More than 35 million women in the … Continued

Defund family planning? Is that pro-life?

In my early days in the women’s health movement, I learned the slogan, “The personal is political.” As I’ve read … Continued

Matters of life and death

In Texas, a Catholic bishop made two hospitals cease doing tube-tying operations for women who are not going to have … Continued

Religious leaders should promote marriage for all

A new survey out this week from the National Marriage Project shows that marriage is an institution in decline in … Continued

Could this be the pope’s Trojan Horse?

Along with other faith leaders who have spent the past thirty years of our lives working to stop the spread … Continued

It’s DADT that’s immoral – not homosexuality

Despite public and military support for overturning Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the legislation which bans openly gay service members, political, … Continued

Eat. Pray. Vote. *

Pope Benedict XVI and Catholic Cardinal-designate Raymond Burke both recently characterized voting as a moral act with spiritual consequences. The … Continued

Sexual and gender diversity enriches us all

Speaking to a meeting of Hasidic Jewish leaders on Sunday, New York GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino said, “I don’t … Continued

An open letter to religious leaders on gay youth suicides: it’s time to act out loud

Dear Clergy Colleagues: It’s Monday morning, and you are probably not quite ready to think about next weekend’s sermon. Perhaps … Continued

The lady doth protest too much

Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell this weekend attended the annual conservative Values Voters summit in Washington, DC. There, she … Continued

Keep the faith, Ms. Rice – change the venue

Author Anne Rice said last week that she was ‘quitting Christianity:’ The once-lapsed Catholic wrote that she was could no … Continued

It’s marriage – no adjectives needed

Chelsea Clinton, raised Methodist, and Marc Mezvinsky, Jewish, will wed this weekend. Statistics show that 37 percent of Americans have … Continued

Bible commands us to welcome the stranger

Q: Illegal immigrants are flouting U.S. laws, but does affluent America (or Arizona for that matter) have a larger moral … Continued

Abortion is a moral decision

Abortion is a moral decision, and only women themselves can know what is right in their individual circumstances.

A new sexual ethic

By Rev. Debra W. Haffnerexecutive director, Religious Institute On Faith recently posed a provocative question to its panelists: “Can religion … Continued

Church called to love and serve, not judge and cut

By Debra W. Haffnerminister, executive director, Religious Institute The decision by Catholic Charities in Washington, D.C. to close its adoption … Continued