Should Catholic Bishops Have The Right To Control Your Life?

By Janet Hill, Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), National CLUW Vice President (United Steelworkers)

Catholic bishops are pressuring the Obama administration to dilute the rule proposed by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to allow women access to birth control without paying out of pocket. There is a narrow exemption that allows religious nonprofits to opt out.  The bishops want to expand the exemption to cover schools, hospitals and social service agencies.

The solution to the problem is quite clear; the bishops can refuse to take birth control pills if offered to them.

While they have the best interests of the women employed at their hospitals, universities and social services agencies in mind, they can offer themselves and their employees paid child care leave and on-site child care.  Should they wish to treat themselves for the other health issues that birth control pills are used to treat they are free to do so.

The bishops seem to be lacking in support since Fordham University, Georgetown University, and DePaul University, for instance, all offer their employees’ health plans that cover contraception, as does Catholic Healthcare West, a large Catholic hospital system in California, Nevada and Arizona.

They seem to be lacking in support from their own parishioners since a survey by  the National Survey of Family Growth indicates that sexually active Catholic women older than 18 are just as likely to use birth control as non-Catholic sexually active women (99%)

The choice here is clear – offer contraception and if you don’t believe in it don’t use it!

Part of the #HERvotes blog carnival.

Comments

  1. Marital sex without contraception is true lovemaking. Is that really so hard to believe?

    And the Buddhists are against contraception too, though for different reasons. It’s a way to learn some discipline, say the Buddhists. It’s a way to make sex into true lovemaking, open to life, which is much more exciting, say the Catholics.

    Think about the brothers and sisters you’d have, if your parents hadn’t used so much contraception.

    A contraceptive mentality toward sex makes sex less enjoyable.

    A 48 year old woman I know died from a stroke, from 30 years of oral contraceptive usage.

    Always using contraceptives, year after year, just doesn’t lead to happiness. You’ll have better sex if your sex life is open to children.

    It’s not always easy to follow, but it’s a good teaching.

    And yes, making others pay for your contraception violates religious freedom.

  2. Bonnie Oakes says:

    Every person whether female or male should have the right to control their life. Women don’t get pregnate by them selves so shouldn’t men take on some of the responsibility????? Everyone seems to forget that men have something to do with getting pregnate. The Catholic Church should ask them to be responsible for their actions and not only the WOMEN….

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