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Once again the republicans have created a storm in a tea cup. Really? Why should contraception even be discussed in the halls of Congress? Is my sex-life anyone's business? I think not! Please read and sign!

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Kit B (276)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 1:51 pm
Tell the U.S. Representatives to respect individuals' religious freedom in contraceptive coverage

Yesterday, House Speaker John Boehner demanded that the Obama administration add additional exemptions to a Department of Health and Human Services regulation requiring that most employers' health insurance plans cover no-cost access to women's preventative health services, including access to contraception.

The Speaker, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and others have insisted that this requirement is a "unambiguous attack on religious freedom in our country." The Speaker and other opponents of this regulation are confusing individuals' right to practice their religion without interference from the government with the notion that employers should be able to impose their beliefs on their employees.

Almost every sexually active American woman has used contraception at some point in her life. To allow religiously affiliated hospitals, schools, and nonprofits to deny millions of women access to contraception would be a gross and unconstitutional infringement on their religious liberty. This regulation does not force Catholic or other religiously affiliated hospitals or care providers to actually provide care that runs counter to their deeply held believes. It only requires that they, as employers, make available to their employees access to contraceptive care if their employees choose to use it.

Please tell your Representative to not support any attempt to dilute this regulation and deny millions of women access to contraception.


Vallee R (280)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 2:34 pm
Noted and signed - no one is going to tell me what I can do with my body.

Robert B (60)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 2:35 pm
The funnymentalists have created a Tempest in a Teaparty Pot over this.

Kit B (276)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 2:52 pm

Yeah, that is true, Robert. However, with the recent attempt by the Komen center we really better begin to pay attention. I can remember only too well a time when there was no "pill" and an abortion meant life or death. This is the "smaller government" proclaimed by the republicans - ignore the corruption and get inside your bedroom.

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 3:08 pm
Stay the H--- out of our bedrooms.

Just because you are miserable with your trail of expensive and discarded mistresses and ??? doesn't mean we are unhappy with our less expensive, more satisfying, ways.

pam w (139)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 4:15 pm
Done! Thanks, Kit!

Terrie Williams (798)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 4:49 pm
Thanks! Your form has been submitted.
Thank you for taking action on this important issue of religious freedom for individuals.
Soooooooo signed, noted and emailed.


I, for one, REFUSE to go back to the days of back alley abortions and 'home remedies' for abortives. I REFUSE to be told by any rightwing nutjob ( that pretty much includes everyone under the Republican banner) that I have NO RIGHTS to my own body. I REFUSE to be told by any man, be it father, brother, uncle, husband, boyfriend, son or any male politician that I do not have the right to contraception or the morning after pill or to an abortion if needed. I REFUSE to be 'put back in my place' meaning barefoot, pregnant, in the kitchen and be quiet. I REFUSE TO BE A SECOND CLASS CITIZEN.

I am subservient to no or woman. Maybe that's why I had myself spayed back in the mid '80's, because I saw this battle coming ever since RvW was passed in '73. I have never regretted my decision to do so. Ever.

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 5:31 pm
Phone:(202) 225-4035
Fax:(202) 226-0821
Your message has been submitted.
Thank you for taking action on this important issue of religious freedom for individuals. Congress needs to hear your voice on this and many other important issues.

They want to cut out contraceptions but will fund viagra.......go figure.

Yvonne White (229)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 5:33 pm
Men have NO business in Women's Reproductive Health... vote them OUT - then go buy some new shoes & rubbers!;)

Kit B (276)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 5:40 pm

Got me laughing again Yvonne - well said! Yeah, insurance will cover "boner pills" but not female contraception of any kind. How are ya liking the US without the ERA?

Terry King (113)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 6:24 pm

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 10:01 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last week.

Signed, good thing it's already written,, I'd be ranting about all the unwanted children and abused children they don't seem to care about once they are born. Thank you Kit

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 10:01 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last week.

Signed, good thing it's already written,, I'd be ranting about all the unwanted children and abused children they don't seem to care about once they are born. Thank you Kit

Susanne R (234)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 11:33 pm
Maybe erectile dysfunction is God's way of saying that the sufferer should not reproduce. Therefore, we shouldn't interfere with the will of God by allowing erectile dysfunction drugs to be covered by health insurance plans. Any chance of that ever happening?

Judy C (97)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 11:35 pm
Gladly signed. It seems like the Republicans have to dredge up this issue to take the focus off of the real issues of the day, so they are more free to find better ways to screw the public. Enough fanatics keep feeding into this, so it works. Also, it's easier to fixate on sticking their noses into our business than it is to focus on solving our real problems. Thanks Kit.

Rose Becke (141)
Friday February 10, 2012, 12:10 am
Signed with pleasure Ty Kit

cecily w (0)
Friday February 10, 2012, 12:36 am
According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, U.S. births exceeded deaths by 1,693,502 in 2009. Further, 827,609 abortions were performed in 2007.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has stated that 408,425 children were in foster care on
September 30, 2010.

Guttmacher Institute has reported that of U.S. pregnancies are unintended.

The "Contraceptive Mandate" already exempts churches from providing contraceptive coverage for ministerial employees.

cecily w (0)
Friday February 10, 2012, 12:38 am
Sorry, should be "Guttmacher Institute has reported that more than 50% of U.S. pregnancies are unintended".

Jason Green (235)
Friday February 10, 2012, 3:38 am
Your message has been submitted.
Thank you for taking action on this important issue of religious freedom for individuals

Past Member (0)
Friday February 10, 2012, 4:43 am

patricia lasek (317)
Friday February 10, 2012, 6:01 am
Signed. I cannot for the life of me understand how providing birth control coverage is an infringement on the Freedom of Religion. If the Church wants to be in the business of making money and hiring employees to aid them in their efforts then they should have to provide all health coverage to them. This is not telling them to change their doctrine.
More than 90% of Catholic women use birth control. Otherwise you would still see dozens of children in their church pews on Sundays.

paul m (93)
Friday February 10, 2012, 7:27 am
They have no right to pass comments on anyone,they have been elected by the people, who also have a say in their religious choices.What I'd say to them is "mind your own business and also mind your job .)

Suzy F (94)
Friday February 10, 2012, 7:47 am
"In December 2000, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that companies that provided prescription drugs to their employees but didn't provide birth control were in violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prevents discrimination on the basis of sex."
Why are they making an issue out of this NOW?

Suzy F (94)
Friday February 10, 2012, 7:48 am
Yes, of course, I signed but added my previous quote for McClintock's FYI.

Ellen m (215)
Friday February 10, 2012, 10:47 am
Anyone standing between my computer and i to get this one signed would have been seriously hurt. Thanks Kit

Linda h (86)
Friday February 10, 2012, 12:31 pm
Signed here and where ever else I can for my new granddaughter born last night and all humanity.

Alice B (241)
Friday February 10, 2012, 1:08 pm
NOTED & SIGNED. IMO: all the billions of dollars being wasted on religulous hoo-haa against contraception and safe abortion should instead be going into bioinformatics/genetics/etc. up-to-date [non-animal-testing] research to provide more NEW alternatives both in terms of male & female contraception, and safe abortions. Instead we have billions being poured into a New Inquisition with its accompanying witch hunts against the non-brainwashed.

patricia lasek (317)
Friday February 10, 2012, 2:13 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Susanne because you have done so within the last week.

Oh gee! Big surgprise! They've reached a compromise with the Catholic church. I guess it's alright now.

Kishore Amma (3)
Friday February 10, 2012, 3:20 pm

Barbara DeFratis (21)
Friday February 10, 2012, 3:38 pm
Signed and Thank You.

William Y (54)
Friday February 10, 2012, 7:28 pm
Noted & Signed

Robert B (60)
Friday February 10, 2012, 7:53 pm
So when and where are the Righteous Republicans planning on opening the child care centers where unwanted children can go to live the righteous life with plenty of food, clothing, learning, and Christian love and protection from misery and abuse??? Could one of you wonderful Republicans please keep us updated on this? We're counting on you. You obviously have thought this through to the end. Surely we can count on you to nurture and take care of these thousands and thousands of unwanted children who require it until they at least get through high school. We just know you will take these children in and pay for it all and give your time and resources to make sure it works ever so smoothly. God Bless. Keep us posted.

Esther Z (94)
Friday February 10, 2012, 8:18 pm
Noted and signed. The Repugs are just grasping at straws as they have nothing to offer the American voter. Nothing!

Gloria Morotti (14)
Friday February 10, 2012, 8:19 pm
Gross. Where is a woman's right to privacy??

Kit B (276)
Friday February 10, 2012, 8:20 pm

So many great comments- but I have to say that Robert B has just said what I have said so many times. This "right to life" is very busy with protecting the fetus but then has absolutely no interest when that child is born. I still want to know how it is that the same people that are "right to life" are also pro-execution and war. Does that make a disconnect to anyone but me?

Kit B (276)
Friday February 10, 2012, 8:28 pm

Great comments and so few green stars. I guess the message there is that we can only make one good comment each week. Yeah, right!

Bonnie B (103)
Friday February 10, 2012, 9:12 pm
Thanks, Kit! Signed! and watch out, the Repug's are now trying to "re-instate" the Freedom of Religion Act. Translated...freedom to IMPOSE their religion on everybody. Look for petitions on this one, too!

I'm with you Alice! The money wasted on this crap! and how about all those jobs the Repug's are creating...uh, how about them? and right on Robert B...even tho you are (please forgive the religious terminology) preaching to the choir here. The hypocracy just keeps on comin', doesn't it. If it wasn't so nauseating it would be down right laughable.

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Friday February 10, 2012, 10:18 pm

Donna Hamilton (159)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 6:36 am
Noted, but unable to sign as US only.

Freya H (357)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 8:01 am
Are any of those bishops women? I very much doubt it. Typical males, seeking to dominate and subjugate women!

Pamylle G (461)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 8:28 am
Safe & readily available contraception is relatively new to our species, and it absolutely has given both men & women more control & freedom in their lives. It's a wonderful thing to be able to breed under desirable conditions - or not at all !

"Be fruitful & multiply" ? Well, we've done that, and then some. No longer applicable to current planetary circumstances (along with many other biblical axioms). But then, this is all about going back to the Dark Ages, isn't it ?

Jim Phillips (3257)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 10:29 am
Petition signed.

"Old men who wear funny dresses, funny hats, funny shoes and are celibate should NOT be able to DICK-tate to women the kind of medical services to which they have access".

Bohner and McConnel + other pukes (gop) & teabaggers need to stay out of women's vaginas.

TY, Kit.


Sara Williams (8)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 10:35 am
Just signed! Thank you. Although my signature was sent to Jerry Lewis. I did not vote for him and I definitely never will as he never votes for the people, but for businesses and for the religious Republicans who come up with crap like this. It is MY body and MY life. No one has the right to make the important decisions that effect me other than me. These people need to stop using religion as their defense. Under attack is not religious freedoms, but WOMEN'S freedoms.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 1:05 pm
Thanks Kit.

Saturday February 11, 2012, 1:47 pm

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 2:39 pm
Gladly Signed with Pride in Women's Rights and Respect...!
Bravo on the article Kit.
Ellen, I just love you down to earth comments point blank. lol.

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 2:40 pm
Why can't they issue birth control in Africa and Mexico? We have enough to support already.

Kit B (276)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 2:50 pm

For now I think I will just say it a cultural thing. It takes a much longer discussion to explain the reasons. However, many advancements in birth control have been made in many parts of the world. Not enough. I worry about the expanding population and the stress on the resources we have.

Saturday February 11, 2012, 3:47 pm
Signed Thanks Kit

Robert O (12)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 4:24 pm
Birth control coverage is NOT an infringement on the Freedom of Religion. To say that it is, is just a flimsy argument concocted by religious conservatives that are grabbing at straws to justify their closemindedness and assault on women's health and women's rights which really shows how pathetic they truly are. Signed, thanks Kit.

James E (16)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 7:43 pm
Leave it to the GOP and Tea Party to twist an issue and act against women. Their real objection is the use of contraceptives at all.

Gloria Morotti (14)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 2:12 am
Read the writing on the wall.......

Anthony Hilbert (6)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 2:12 am
Robert B, be careful what you ask for. If they did set up those "child care centres" you can guess what they'd be like - Dickensian orphanages and slave labour workhouses like the Magdalene Laundries.

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 9:28 pm
Noted but unable to sign

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Monday February 13, 2012, 12:52 am
Noted thanks unable to sign only for US residents

Charlene Rush (79)
Monday February 20, 2012, 10:40 pm
Why are we raising so many juvenile women, who want men to make decisions for them, and run their lives?

Charlene Rush (79)
Tuesday February 21, 2012, 4:03 pm
Any woman who votes for one of these 'so-called' conservative Christians, who are really non-religious radicals, had better be careful what she wishes for.
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