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Obama's Birth Control "Compromise"

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For 3 years I was a teacher at a Catholic school. Despite the fact that everyone seems to associate teaching with great health benefits, teaching at a private school doesn’t afford that luxury. Obviously it affords other luxuries that public school does not, but for me, having to pay upwards of $450 a month for my insurance premiums, out of my low teaching salary, was a tremendous burden. And the reason I did it is because without employer provided insurance, I am uninsurable.

I have a pre-existing condition that means I could require really expensive brain surgeries multiple times in my life. And while I am more than grateful to have this as an insurance option, it felt like a slap in the face that I had to pay $450 a month, $45 copays for each doctor’s visit and an out of pocket maximum of greater than $5000 a year. And then it didn’t even cover any birth control because the plan was through my Catholic school.

Nevermind that I didn’t have any interest in birth control for actual birth control methods, but rather for management of horrible periods and cramping, my insurance would not cover it. And going to Planned Parenthood was simply not an option because if I was spotted there by a student or coworker, my job would undoubtedly be in jeopardy. I was left without options besides paying full price each month for medication I needed.

Which is why I was thrilled at the new reform that required employers to provide birth control to all women, including Catholic schools like where I used to work. Unsurprisingly, the church was not thrilled.

After hearing the concerns, President Obama made changes to the reform that meant that religions institutions didn’t need to provide insurance with birth control coverage- but, the insurance company had to provide it for free. Obviously the result is the same, free birth control for women who are employed by religions institutions, but the cost and the direct provider isn’t the church. As much as I love the compromise, I’m not at all surprised that the Catholic Church doesn’t. If we’re being honest, it wasn’t so much a compromise as much as it was a game of semantics.

But I can’t help but feel like the Catholic Church needs to step back for a moment. If their employees have the same strong sense of morals as the church, this won’t be an issue because they won’t make use of the birth control anyway. Offering women the option, not the requirement, of birth control, does not violate anyone’s freedom of religion. If anything, an insurance plan that does not allow access to birth control seems like it enforces a religious code on women, which does seem to violate their freedom of religion.

I understand that the Catholic Church feels threatened, but maybe it’s time that they realize that their abstinence only education doesn’t work. And that providing women free birth control will dramatically decrease health care costs and the number of abortions in this country, which I’d think is something they would happily support.

Maybe this compromise wasn’t enough for the church, but maybe it’s the push they need to join the 21st century and to give women access to medication that goes far beyond preventing babies and may even prevent abortions.

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38 thoughts on “Obama's Birth Control "Compromise"

  1. Rebecca says:

    I love you Katie but completely and totally disagree with you. I was born and raised Catholic so this issue is very dear to my heart. I have been so outraged by this law that I have trouble being calm and rational but I will do my best.

    It is very common knowledge that birth control is not accepted in the Catholic Church. Also, abortion is considered wrong. Life begins at conception and I believe that completely. I think that having an abortion is killing a child and nothing will change that belief. Many Catholics feel the same way.

    The fact that the government is forcing a religious organization to cover birth control AND abortion medications (which you left out) goes against our fundamental beliefs. Not only that, but why does the government have the right to force a company or organization to pay for something? A lot of times liberals (and I’m not referring to you Katie) go on and on about the right to choose. Well, why shouldn’t a religious organization have the right to choose what they cover under benefits?

    People completely freak out if someone even prays at school and they scream about separation of church and state, but now the government is forcing a religious group to go against their beliefs. This is just not right.

    Again, I totally love you Katie but this subject just infuriates me. I just had to speak up this time. :)

  2. N says:

    Amen, Rebecca. Also, why should religious organizations (or the government, which means, me, through my taxes) pay for people’s sex lives? How about morality? And then, how about we take care of our own birth control. That’s what we do. Personal responsibility. Yes please.

  3. Hannah says:

    I would be much more inclined to push for more help covering rare but unavoidable conditions like your brain concerns than worrying about affordable birth control. Seriously even Walmart has stuff that’s cheaper than cereal. Why push on this issue? Because the surface issue isn’t the real agenda. This is just the seemingly harmless nose of the camel.

  4. Grace M. says:

    Separation of church and state (the well-known phrase used to describe the first amendment) means that the government does not get to tell religious institutions what doctrine to believe in. Catholics have moral objections against birth control, and no matter how ridiculous non-Catholics think that is, the government has no right to force the church to act against conscience. Period.

    Think about it this way. What if the government told Muslim and Orthodox Jewish schools that they would be required to serve pork products in their cafeterias as part of a health initiative? What if the Mormon Church refused to include the migraine drug cafergot in its prescription drug coverage because of objections to caffeine, and the government forced them to include it? Regardless of how big or small the moral objection is, a religious institution cannot be forced to act against that objection.

    Finally, employment is voluntary, so nothing is being forced on an employee of a Catholic institution. If a woman needs contraceptive coverage, she should seek employment with an institution with no moral qualms against it.

  5. LK says:

    I’m so with you Katie, and I wish I had more time to argue on behalf of the policy. I will say that in my view, this is NOT an issue of religious liberty (which would be the case if individuals were being forced to use or not use birth control), but a situation where a religious group is trying to force its beliefs on others. I have to confess that the Catholic Church’s decision to focus so intently on contraception in this day and age, as opposed to the hundreds of other policies that support “life,” (repealing the death penalty, supporting the poor, helping the children that already exist in the world) is utterly baffling to me (how do they justify the fact that 98% of Catholic women have used contraceptives?). And the whole “working for a Catholic organization is voluntary” thing drives me crazy. The Catholic Church is an extremely rich and powerful institution that controls so many jobs – jobs that people desperately need, especially in this economy. And it’s not so simple as to just say “go work somewhere else” – for instance, I live in a town of about 100,000 whose only hospital is a Catholic institution. So, if your job skills require you to work in a hospital, you pretty much have to work there if you live here. For you to suggest that a person has a “choice” where they work, when that “choice” would involve moving to an entirely different place or changing their career field is ludicrous. If the Catholic Church wants to be an employer, then it should have to do what every other employer is required to do.

  6. 100200 says:

    Ummmm…what are you people TALKING about. Under this compromise, neither the Catholic institution nor the government is paying for birth control. The health insurance company is. Smile! You got your way. That said, your way is totally screwed up. Katie, thanks for sharing your experience. No women PAYING for health care should be denied access to birth control. It’s basic care used by the vast, vast majority of women. The idea that “employment is voluntary” is absurd. Everyone had a right to work in a non hostile environment and the conversation around this is getting more hostile by the moment. Women on birth control aren’t sluts, they aren’t whores. Actually, many of them are catholic.

  7. Rebecca says:

    100200- When you say the health insurance company is paying for the benefit, that basically means the Catholic organization is. Most companies pay a large portion of the health insurance. For example, my company pays 75% of the premium cost and the employees pay 25%. Since the company is largely paying for the insurance, they are paying for the birth control and abortion medication coverage.

    LK, you said “I have to confess that the Catholic Church’s decision to focus so intently on contraception in this day and age, as opposed to the hundreds of other policies that support “life,” (repealing the death penalty, supporting the poor, helping the children that already exist in the world) is utterly baffling to me…” Just because the Catholic Church is upset about this very important issue to them doesn’t mean they aren’t still focused on helping the poor and children that need it. The Catholic Church does a tremendous amount of charity work and this issue doesn’t prevent them from doing it. Just because you don’t agree with it, it is still a large issue for a very large religious organization.

  8. 100200 says:

    Rebecca, if you think a HUGE insurance company is getting ALL their money from catholic institutions you are NUTS. (but I could have guessed that…). And that this is a “large issue” is also nuts, since a majority of Catholics support this compromise and furthermore, 98% of Catholic women use birth control in their life time. Catholicism is shrinking, sadly, and it’s lack of support for women is a big reason why.

  9. Rebecca says:

    100200 – First of all, I want to start out by saying that it’s unfortunate that you can’t have a civil discussion without questioning my sanity. I am not nuts because I disagree with you.

    Second, please provide some resources for your “facts.” The majority of Catholics support this compromise? That’s not the impression I got this week in mass or from talking to any of my Catholic family members and friends. Many of us are very angered and many people that are not even in Catholic are angered as well. This goes beyond just Catholicism.

    Third, I never said that an insurance company is getting all their money from the Catholic Church. The Catholic organization is paying for their insurance coverage. That coverage is paying for birth control and abortion medications. Therefore, the Church is paying for birth control and abortion medications. That is against our beliefs. And why are you ignoring the abortion part of this? That is also a major issue that everyone seems to be forgetting.

  10. Rebecca says:

    Oh and FYI, that 98% of Catholic women using birth control that you quoted has been debunked.
    http://www.lifenews.com/2012/02/13/figure-that-98-of-catholic-women-use-birth-control-debunked/

  11. 100200 says:

    I got my statics from the new York times…not a pro-life “news” source. Religion is private, so is a person’s sex life. I’m not forcing my sex life on anyone…and, yes, I know this is not a Catholic-specific issue…and that’s why many of US are angered! An employee’s access to birth control (and abortion) should not be at the whim of their employer.

  12. 100200 says:

    “Debunked” is not the same as “refuted” and I call bull on both. Why would a researcher ask an elderly woman or pregnant woman if she’s using birth control? Come on!

  13. Laura says:

    Any organization that condones the rape of children doesn’t get to tell me or anyone else how to live their life.

  14. Laura says:

    Rebecca, the “refutation” you linked to is from “Life News” (not exactly a neutral source) which relies on a blog post from a site with a subtitle invoking the Crusades. Link to a reasonable, reliable source and you’ll be much easier to take seriously.

  15. Josh says:

    “Any organization that condones the rape of children doesn’t get to tell me or anyone else how to live their life.”

    First of all, I’m pretty sure that the Catholic church does not condone the rape of children. Please show me where in the Catechism that is mentioned.

    Second, you are making our point for us and can’t even see it. The Catholic church is not trying to tell you how to live your life. On the contrary, they are upset because you are trying to tell them how to live theirs.

    Regarding the 98% number… I would find it odd that the women who belong to a religion that, AT ITS CORE, REJECT the use of any form of birth control would use birth control at a rate 30% HIGHER than the national average. According to a study by the CDC (reliable enough?) only 62% of women in the U.S. aged 15-44 actively use any form of birth control. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_23/sr23_029.pdf

  16. Laura says:

    Protecting child rapists is the same as institutionally condoning child molestation. I was a Catholic for 25 years – I left the church after I realized that the church hierarchy cared more about consolidating their own power than protecting the innocents among them.

    Call me crazy, I just can’t get past that whole rape thing…

  17. Josh says:

    “Protecting child rapists is the same as institutionally condoning child molestation.”

    There was a cover up – there’s no denying that. No one would disagree that the abuse of children is a tragedy. However, I don’t believe that a cover up constitutes “condoning child molestation”. I’ve been a practicing Catholic for 30+ years and have yet to meet anyone who supports child molestation or who doesn’t condemn the acts of those who were involved in the misconduct or associated coverup.

    However, if you honestly believe that the Catholic church “condones” child molestation, then the only choice I have is to presume that you are a narrow-minded individual and incapable of having an objective conversation on the topic. Your statements only serve to reaffirm my opinion.

    You say that you left the church after 25 years becuase of this scandal. I seriously doubt that this was your only reason for leaving the church. If that is your criteria for unaffiliating with the Catholic church, then you should leave every organization you’ve ever belonged to as I’m pretty sure there’s a scandal, and associated coverup, to be found in each (whether it be a religion, political party, or professional organization).

  18. Rebecca says:

    Laura, I have no idea what your point has to do with the current issue. The government should not be able to force religious organizations to go against their core beliefs. Period. This law is unconstitutional. If you cannot see that, we will never find a common ground.

    I am sorry that you are so angry that you left the Catholic Church. I myself was very disappointed and angry over the sexual abuse issues. The priests involved has been jailed, forced to resign, or defrocked. Unfortunately, Catholics have to be made fun of and mocked continuously because of this horrible situation.

    Do you realize how much good the Catholic Church does? Did you know the Catholic Church was the main reason education is available to those outside of nobility? Did you know that the Catholic Church has a nonprofit hospital system that has 637 hospitals that treats 1 in 5 patients in the US every day? Did you know that in Chicago alone, the Catholic Charities will provide 2.2 million free meals to the needy in that area? Most people have no idea.

  19. ChiLaura says:

    I “love” (sarcasm!) how “access” to liberals means, “free, and on demand.” What bullshit. Women have plenty of access to birth control, with or without insurance. Abstinence (yes, it exists), condoms, paying actual money for the Pill or IUDs, instead of pretending that such methods are “free.”

    Sex is not a human right, nor is it a human need. It’s an act, and if you’re going to engage in it, you’re responsible for your own self and your own body. THe government isn’t.

    THis is also why the health insurance market needs to be completely reformed — delinked from employment, and opened up to a nationwide market. Then we can all make decisions about what we want and don’t want. The government has no right to FORCE any organization to provide it, and no mandate to give it to everyone. (At least not here in the US. Go to Europe if you believe otherwise.)

    FInally, the next step is forcing Catholic hospitals and doctors to perform abortions, since abortion is a “health care right.” Dear God, I pray that I don’t live to see that day.

  20. Sonya Morris says:

    I disagree with you. If Obama keeps bullying the Catholic church, what’s next? Are we the next UK or China? Is Obama going to tell me that my child who is disabled is not worthy of medical care? I am scared to death of what is next from this president!

  21. eva says:

    So, Catholic women who are against birth control can…simply choose to not use it. Just like Catholic women who are against marriage equality can choose not to marry a woman. Or not to have an abortion. Or not get in-vitro fertilization. Or not use research to save their childrens’ lives that is based on stem-cell research. Or NOT to demand that the priest that abused their child be prosecuted by the LAW but instead will face an “internal hearing”, which remains the procedure the Church itself prefers, still) . Those are the choices that Catholic women and parents can make FOR THEMSELVES (although I severely pity their children in case of the wide-spread abuse and the Church’s appalling lack of action and continued obstruction of secular punishment of the predators. But that’s another thread for another time).

    What Catholic women CAN’T do is deny those rights to other people, including Catholic women who would very much like to have affordable birth control.

    What is interesting is that Catholics in this country (and Europe for that matter) OVERWHELMINGLY use birth control. So the Church is out of step with the vast majority of its members.

    But even accounting for a Church leadership who’s recently shown, uhm, less than stellar sensibilities to public sentiment in the last decade, WHY oh WHY would individual Catholic women want to take away an opportunity from your Catholic sisters, especially when it won’t cost your Church a THING?
    Nobody has really answered that in this thread. Is there some joy I missed in making a poor grade-teacher go out and shell out her own money for birth control?

    I went to Catholic school myself. I was taught that compassion for the poor, never-ending grace and forgiveness were the cornerstones of the faith. I was lucky to not be taught that the most important part of my faith was to hate on others who differed from me and condemn their choices and try to impose MY values on them.

    Frankly I find it disgusting that what motivates Catholics in this day and age is other people’s reproductive choices. What SHOULD get everybody out of bed in the morning is the children who are already here, the poor who needs tending to, the sick who needs medicine, the planet which is dying. I could go on and on, it’s not as if this world has a lack of problems that call out for Catholic compassion and help. But…noooooo…the culture wars win every time. THAT is what the bishops get up in arms about.

    It’s embarrassing, frankly. Does anyone honestly think that Jesus will applaud you more for successfully yanking away a birth control pill from another woman than say, taking in a foster child? Donating to the needy? Embracing the dying, the outcasts, the sick and the forgotten?
    As a (now) agnostic I’m just so confused about these …values and what the priorities of the Church say about the faith.

  22. zoesmumlizs says:

    i am just wondering how its possible that the catholics are getting so much involved in the laws of america, isn’t the law and the church separated for a reason? history in europe shows that thats the only way to go! maybe all these fanatic catholics (by the way in my opinion no better than any other fanatic religious group on the planet) should start learning a little something about the history of their religion instead of just interpreting the bible

  23. katie says:

    ChiLaura-

    All I can say in reply, besides that I’m sorry that Democrats have somehow wronged you to greatly, is that providing birth control through insurance (which is not always free), will GREATLY reduce health care costs. There is the potential for fewer abortions, less need for prenatal care/labor and delivery costs (which are very high) and other such medical needs. So regardless of how you feel about the president, his initiative has the potential to significantly reduce health care costs. Which last time I checked is something that ALL political parties can get behind.

  24. katie says:

    And Sonya, what on God’s green earth makes you think the president would remove health care coverage from disabled children? His entire mission has been to EXPAND health care coverage to all children and adults. He has been met with nothing but resistance, from conservatives. I think you need to do some reading instead of listening to Fox News fear mongering.

  25. eva says:

    @ Sonya…I think you’ll find, if you look at the health care plan put in place by “this president” that more disabled children will have MORE care than before. ALL disabled children, also those without rich parents. That’s sort of the whole idea about making health care…universal. To insure the uninsured. You, if you already have coverage, stay that way, with your own private provider, as before. There is NOTHING in the plan that allows for any government to change that.

    So I honestly don’t understand the logic behind your fear. WHY do you think “this president” would WANT to take coverage away from disabled children? Why would that be a good idea, policy-wise? How would THAT help the country? In fact, uninsured Americans are a major drain on the economy and on America’s ability to compete..

    I’m not sure why you’d assume that people supporting the President (about half the country) would be behind the idea of letting disabled children go without services…Nobody in their right mind would want that. Just like, you know, the death panels thing were a complete and utter LIE.
    So I think you can take it easy and allay your fears. No need to be “scared to death”. You get to keep your coverage (if you have it, and if you dont, now you get some!), and people who have been uninsured until now get to have coverage. Yay, everybody wins!

  26. ChiLaura says:

    Katie, where did I say that the Dems have wronged me? You’re reading a bit much into what I wrote. I’m advocating 1) personal responsibility, and 2) a reform of the healthcare system that results in more choice for consumers. Choice to pay for the services one wants or doesn’t want, choice to keep insurance even after loss of employment or change of jobs. I thought libs were about choice…?

    And I fundamentally disagree that Obama’s initiative will reduce health care costs. MIght it reduce some costs associated with childbirth? It might. But overall, it will raise costs. And, let’s not forget that just b/c something is available doesn’t mean that people will use it. Next we know, women will be complaining that their Pills aren’t delivered to them on a silver platter at the exact time they should take them every day, so how are they supposed to remember how to take them?!? [eye roll, a big one]

  27. Laura says:

    Freedom of religion doesn’t mean you have the option not to be part of civil society. Quakers, who are opposed to war and military service, must pay taxes that fund the military. They must serve if drafted. Muslims and Jews pay taxes that fund food stamps, with which you can buy pork. You can practice your religion but you still must contribute to American society, which is secular.

    The issue of child molestation is an important one, because it is yet another instance in which the Catholic Church feels that it should not be governed by the rule of law. Any other institution that had for so many years covered up and facilitated the rape of thousands of children would be completely discredited. The fact that anyone defends the bishops is bizarre.

  28. ChiLaura says:

    But Laura, Jews and Muslims aren’t dispensing the pork products or the food stamps themselves. Quakers aren’t forced to give out guns. Plenty of Catholics are opposed to recent wars, yet they pay their taxes. They also pay taxes, which the government then gives to Planned Parenthood, who provides abortions and birth control with it. THat’s a different issue than the government telling a private organization, “THis is what you must do with your money, outside of paying taxes.”

    Yes, child molestation is an important issue (though much of it was technically homosexual molestation of post-pubescent boys, but that’s another thread), but it doesn’t have anything to do with this issue. Nor does the fact that x% of Catholic women have used/do use birth control. You know what, I bet that 99% of Catholic women also gossip, or overeat, or don’t always treat their kids right. Ought the Church to stop preaching against those thing, because they make those poor women uncomfortable?

  29. katie says:

    ChiLaura-

    Just like Jews and Muslims aren’t dispensing pork products, neither is the Catholic church dispensing birth control. They’re providing insurance to employees. The insurance companies are paying/providing the birth control. The food stamp analogy is actually a great one.

  30. ChiLaura says:

    No, it’s not a great analogy. With food stamps: The gov’t takes your or a company’s money and does with it what it wants. With insurance: A private company pays another private company for a service. Obama wants to add the gov’t in the middle of that to say, “Private company, these are the services you will pay for; private insurer, these are the services you will provide.” Not the same.

    If Jews and Muslims were forced by the government to pay a catering company for pork sandwiches in their cafeteria, so that everyone could have equal access to pork, but the Jews or Muslims *themselves* aren’t going out and buying the sandwiches? THAT would be like what is going on now with birth control. I’m *guessing* that Jews and Muslims would have something to say about that.

  31. Sarah says:

    When I was talking to my Dad about this, do you know what he said?

    “Let me put it this way. What if the government said everyone had to have a vasectomy at 40?”

    I was floored. Like, whaaaaaat? Huh? I. Don’t. Even.

    Here’s the thing: They are not saying you need to take birth control. The govt. is trying to set some insurance standards. My work insurance covered birth control pills but not an IUD until recently. That was weird.

    So if a company is run by a Christian Scientist, then they shouldn’t have to cover any health insurance because to them, medical intervention is not allowed. Should the catholic church’s insurance cover lifestyle induced diabetes? Treat your body like a temple. Viagra? Children are gifts from God, and if your penis doesn’t work, maybe that is God telling you to not have children.

    Frankly, I think this whole issue is BS. I think the abortion debate is bullshit.
    Why are we debating it? It is insane that people think they can mandate childbirth. If you were to ask somebody, “Is it okay to murder a baby?” Of course they are going to say no. But it is not that simple.

    I had a friend on facebook that posts about abortion all the time. Once she compared murdering a 2 year old to having an abortion. Another time, she equated abortions in this country to the Holocaust. Really? REALLY?

  32. ChiLaura says:

    One more thing, then I’m done. I read so many people saying about other families on-line, “If you can’t afford that many kids, don’t have them!” They don’t want families relying on the government to provide for their kids. That’s fine. But where’s that same cry when we’re talking about birth control? Why is it parents’ responsibilities to provide for their children (and not the government), but somehow it’s the government’s responsibility to provide (or force others to provide) birth control (and not that of potential parents)? Having kids is a responsibility that others shouldn’t be responsible for. NOT having kids is a responsibility that others shouldn’t be responsible for, either. One coin, two faces.

  33. 100200 says:

    Chilaura, an employee seeking birth control through the health insurance that she pays and works for IS a responsible person. The government isn’t “providing” birth control, health insurance companies are (this may surprise you, but that’s part of their business, you know, providing health care to women). Catholic institutions would be wise to be careful how they treat their employees…they’re gonna need teachers since young women aren’t exactly lining up to become nuns–and the church’s lack of respect for women and obsession with their reproductive rights is a big part of why fewer and fewer young women become nuns.

    And all this talk about “choice” is nonsense. It’s not about the right to CHOOSE how and when a woman become a mother but the RIGHT to choose those things. Each person can make the choice not to use birth control (hopefully because they want children, not because of angry bishops), but everyone has the RIGHT to make that choice for themselves–and women paying into health care plans should have the right to make that choice through their health care.

  34. Sarah says:

    this stuff makes me so sad. Anyone else?

  35. sarahh says:

    I’m wondering why everyone glossed over Katie’s point that she was using the birth control pill for things other than preventing pregnancy – it does have more than one use, you know. There are many women out there (at one point, myself included) that have to take the pill for ovarian cysts, severe cramps, PMDD, irregular periods, and other reasons. It’s a medication first and foremost, and should be covered by medical insurance like any other medication – some women need to take it, and just because it can have a use that some may object to is not a reason to not cover it. I’m really wondering when misogyny became so hip, because this trend lately is freaking me out.

  36. Courtney says:

    @Sarahh I could not agree more. I’m reading this thinking, “WTF? The pill is not only used for stopping conception.” When I was 13 my menstrual cramps were so bad that I would have to stay home from school my entire period and just curl up and cry. My mom got me on the pill. I didn’t even lose my virginity until I was 17! The pill saved my life when I was younger.

  37. Courtney says:

    @Sarah I agree with you too. Drama drama drama….

  38. Jenna says:

    I don’t understand how not including birth control in a catholic-provided healthcare system means the women are being denied the right to purchase it. They would simply not be paid for by the church.

    This is an issue that goes against their core beliefs, not merely the idea that sex outside of marriage is wrong, but that it gives humans power over reproduction, the ability to choose whether or not life is created, from what is primarily for them a life-giving act. In addition are their beliefs in the behavioral repercussions of reducing sex to simply a pleasure-providing entertainment, leading to a loss of respect for women, both by themselves and by men. I don’t agree with everything the catholic church posits, but I can see some of the results taking place over the years, so I don’t think they’re out to lunch.

    And for those who revile the catholic church for the molestations of the earlier century (which was an awful and disgusting occurrence, don’t get me wrong), I maintain that you’d better revile Germany for their part in the Holocaust and the torture and horrible deaths of all those people, and you’d better still revile the American govermnent for what they did to the Native Americans all those years ago (Trail of Tears, anyone?) or you are nothing more than a prejudiced bigot looking for any excuse to hate something the mainstream media has inculcated you to hate all your life.

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