Catholic authorities have made their opposition to the rule about insurance coverage for contraceptives clear, but, whatever their claims, there is a plurality of viewpoints.
On Thursday, February 9, the Catholic Students for Women’s Health — which represents a population directly affected by the bishops’ and other Catholics’ attempts to block the contraceptive rule — is holding a press conference at the National Press Club. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the former Lt. Governor of Maryland, will be present, as well as women (both current students and an alumna) of a number of Catholic institutions including Georgetown University, the Catholic University of America and Fordham University. A representative from Catholics for Choice will also be present and a student from Students for Choice at American University.
As a recent New York Times article notes, surveys have found that 98 percent of sexually active Catholic women have used contraceptives, the same as in the general population. The Obama administration cannot let religious conservatives, many of whom are male, co-opt the discussion about the contraception rule and make the decisions about health care issues for women who study and work at religious institutions. The voices of women, and especially of female students, at Catholic educational institutions are those that need most to be heard.
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