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Talking sense about the contraceptives debate

As is so often the case. Linda Greenhouse of the NYT explains and makes sense of the newly manufactured (and obviosuly politically-motivated) debate over contraceptive coverage.

“Permitting Catholic hospitals to withhold contraception coverage from their 765,000 employees would blow a gaping hole in the regulation. The 629-hospital Catholic health care system is a major and respected health care provider, serving one in every six hospital patients and employing nearly 14 percent of all hospital staff in the country. Of the top 10 revenue-producing hospital systems in 2010, four were Catholic. The San Francisco-based Catholic Healthcare West, the fifth biggest hospital system in the country, had $11 billion in revenue last year and treated 6.2 million patients.

These institutions, as well as Catholic universities – not seminaries, but colleges and universities whose doors are open to all – are full participants in the public square, receiving a steady stream of federal dollars. They assert – indeed, have earned – the right to the same benefits that flow to their secular peers. What they now claim is a right to special treatment: to conscience that trumps law.”

You can read her entire informative piece by clicking here.

5 Comments


  1. Pat McCoy

    February 9, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    It appears the administration is looking for some work-around to calm this storm. Any sense of what that might be?

  2. Julie

    February 9, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Although I do agree fundamentally that every individual should be able to make the choice to use birth control or not (not their employer), I do wonder if some good might come if people who work for these organizations that live in the stone age start asking “Why does my friend get coverage and I don’t?” If they started withholding money and participation from the organizations that want to withhold their rights to choose, then maybe real change will happen. When I choose my employer, their value system is an important part of my decision to take that job. Maybe a few more people need to quit selling out their values.

  3. david esmay

    February 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    This is just hypocritical posturing by catholic bishops pushing traditional the church doctrine that sees women as brood mares and subjugates the role of women within their organization. According Catholics for Choice, 98% of catholic women use some form of birth control. These same institutions cover Viagra under their insurance and I’m sure they cover vasectomies also. The real problem is the conservatives that run them only believe in personal responsibility when other people make choices they agree with- and only when it doesn’t directly apply to them.

  4. Frances Jenkins

    February 10, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Then we should just close the Catholic Church. Amendment One should be removed from the Constitution because it does not apply to the Catholics. What was I thinking?

  5. david esmay

    February 10, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    You’re not.

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