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Boehner Fights Contraception Rule; Catholic Women Speak Up

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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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7:29AM PST on Feb 13, 2012

Just read Carolyn's post and thank you Carolyn. Have you noticed that our Constitution, Civil Liberties always mention "men", not women. One would expect that "men" means women as well but we should never assume. I believe it was meant exactly as it was written but, by God, it is time we demand "WOMEN" be added to equal rights. Women have always taken a back seat to men's rights, jobs, wages, positions of power, as parents, etc. I laugh when I hear America is the "greatest country in the world". Is that why America is highest in infant mortality rates among industrialized nations? Is that why American men can beat and murder their wife/wives, and little is done. Is that why pedophile priests can rape children and the church still enjoys tax exempt status? Drew Peterson is finally sitting in prison awaiting trial after his last wife went missing because a previous wife was murdered. I am sick and tired of the oppression of women in this country and really sick of the Stepford wives also sticking it to women in this country. And now the bastards on the 'right' are aligning themselves with those religions in an attempt to silence women. Time to fight back.

7:14AM PST on Feb 13, 2012

The religious can adhere to whatever belief they choose, and I agree with Frances; I don't want my tax dollars to go to any church who would deny women rights, raping of innocent children, cover-ups to protect priests. When a church professes to be above reproach for criminal acts, when they single out women and treat them as instruments of God to do with as they choose; it is time to step up and let our politicians know we want action taken by stripping them of their exempt status. You know, I find it amazing that Acorn, who did so much good, got screwed by the right and then the left because it was politically expedient to avoid the political pitfalls that James O'Keefe (freaky bastard) created, but this church can move their pedophiles priests around to protect them from being found out which would mean political fall out for them, and yet continue to benefit from tax exempt status. They absolutely oppress women which is something we condemn third world countries for, and they still enjoy their tax exempt status at the expense of tax-payers in this country. There is something wrong when our government is forcing Americans to be complicit in these crimes against humanity. And they are crimes. What happened with our Constitution that states; "all men are created equal" (yeah, I know, it says MEN). Well that sentence got shortened real quick! And lets be honest here; all men are not created equal. There are wonderful, moral men who believe children should be protected and wom

7:13AM PST on Feb 13, 2012

The Catholic church is an employer and should pay corporate taxes and should offer comprehensive health insurance for all its employees. It is a personal decisions as to whether they go against their churches teachings or not. Doesn't the bible say men are born with free will? I would assume that would also include women. Why would an employer deny coverages to all its employees? Isn't that discrimination? The government should follow the Constitution they swore to uphold and protect all its citizens. Religious belief or lack thereof is guaranteed under the Constitution. Separation of church and state is also guaranteed. The government should protect its citizens from religious manipulation, even if the politician is religious. This is a Republic, NOT a male, white, dominated Theocracy! Women have rights! Religions other than Catholicism have rights too! Atheists do as well. Birth control is a medical device but it is also used for other purposes, such as balancing hormones, helping with endometriosis, menopause symptoms, acne, regulating a woman's periods, and of course family planning. Priests are not doctors and have no say over a woman's body. Neither do Republicans! This is all a smoke screen to take the attention off the fact all these liars campaigned on the platform of job creation and they have done nothing but obstruct the President's attempts at doing just that while at the same time protecting their sponsors. The puppet masters are showing their true colors. Time

12:50PM PST on Feb 12, 2012

I think we have the right to disagree with the what religeon and when we have children.I as a catholic disagree with the obama request on pills and religeon. We as citizens DO have our rights!!!

11:54AM PST on Feb 11, 2012

Gloria H. You have a very good point. When they neuter the priests it will stop the sexual abuse of children in the church. And it will point the way to all the other men who are against women's reproductive rights, starting with Santorum.

You are right Nessie B. The church is not paying for birth control out of their massive wealth. The insurance companies are paying. I don't want subsidies or tax exemptions going to a church who molests children, and then cover it up, who doesn't make one phone call to the police. I don't want my taxes paying for endless wars, or subsidies to oil companies. I do want contraception available to ALL women whoever and wherever they are, whether working or not. Bishops, and priests should have no say whatsoever in a woman private lives.

The only way the church can keep bringing in their massive donations is to keep control over the people. The Republicans are such hypocrites (we already knew this) they were screaming about JFK letting the Catholic church set policy. Does anyone else knlow or remember that?

11:34AM PST on Feb 11, 2012

Gloria H. You have a very good point. When they neuter the priests it will stop the sexual abuse of children in the church. And it will point the way to all the other men who are against women's reproductive rights, starting with Santorum.

You are right Nessie B. The church is not paying for birth control out of their massive wealth. The insurance companies are paying. I don't want subsidies or tax exemptions going to a church who molests children, and then cover it up, who doesn't make one phone call to the police. I don't want my taxes paying for endless wars, or subsidies to oil companies. I do want contraception available to ALL women whoever and wherever they are, whether working or not. Bishops, and priests should have no say whatsoever in a woman private lives.

9:35AM PST on Feb 11, 2012

Of course Boehner objects. His mother did NOT have a choice ,so why should anyone else.?
(sauce for the goose etc). Men PAY for VIAGRA.

8:49PM PST on Feb 10, 2012

so why not provide men with free neutering? Women won't be blamed for wanting abortions. No fetus gets killed and everyone is happy. Let's start with priests first, just in case they get tempted to do something naughty. If they volunteer to get snipped wouldn't that start a trend?

5:06PM PST on Feb 10, 2012

No one was denying access, they were refusing to pay for it due to their faith and it's a non issue because everyone will have access now. I happen to think that the blue pill should not be covered as well and many other people-men I might add-agree. I dont see them demanding someone eles pay for it...do you?

3:54PM PST on Feb 10, 2012

Let's ask the church....ahem, old conservative men in govt. to deny access to erectile dysfunction pills for men at the same time! See how fast it turns around.

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