O’Brien has worked to strengthened communications and advocacy efficacy and policy development on five continents, working with family planning associations, doctors and nurses, prochoice advocates, nonprofit leaders, and policy makers to develop new ways to promote access to abortion. Decision makers, including members of the United States Congress, UK House of Parliament, state legislators in the US, members of the European Parliament and of national parliaments across the globe, call upon him to articulate the prochoice, Catholic perspective to inform critical policy debates.
Irish Family Planning Association
O'Brien has worked as a program manager at the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s European Bureau in London, where he oversaw the establishment of family planning clinics in Eastern Europe during a time of immense political and social turmoil.
Catholics for Choice
O'Brien has received the following awards/honors:
- Honored by the International Parliamentarians Conference on ICPD
- Recognized as a “Key to Choice” by Planned Parenthood Golden Gate
- Received the Abby J. Leibman Pursuit of Justice Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Women’s Law Center in 2007
- CFC: Jon O'Brien (accessed on July 25, 2012)