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Fight For Women's Rights

President's rules for contraception coverage promote religious freedom.

While the noise about the Catholic bishops’ attack on insurance coverage for contraception has diminished, this will continue to be an issue in the Presidential election. The following comments that I made last month are still fully relevant and are worth repeating.

The religious right and other critics continue to misconstrue the President's agenda. The controversy over contraception and religion is only the latest attempt.

As a Catholic woman, I feel strongly that the anti-choice zealots are promoting religious discrimination in the name of religious freedom. Why should anyone be denied health care coverage that everyone else gets — just because their employer has a religious objection? Religious freedom does not mean the freedom to discriminate or oppress. As a fierce supporter of women's rights — and a lifelong Catholic — I support the no cost option for contraception the Affordable Care Act provides because it is the right thing to do. I'm not alone.

While the attacks on President Obama may be political, they are also a part of a larger Republican war on women's rights. Contraception is a key element of preventative health care for women, and assuring access to preventive care for women is one battle we must not lose.

Suggesting the President is ordering the Catholic Church, its followers, or anyone else to use contraception is nonsense. No one will be required to use contraception. And churches and houses of worship will continue to be exempt from the requirement to offer insurance that covers contraception.

The President has a strong record of leading with his values and his faith. All of us — fair-minded men and women alike — must support the President by making our opinions heard now, and in November with our VOTE!

What you can do now:

  • Speak out. Support women's health and women's rights in letters to the editor, letters or emails to elected officials, and wherever else the issue comes up. Visit Express yourself on our website for addresses. And leave a comment on the SarasotaDems Facebook page!
  • Protect your right to vote! Sign up to Vote by Mail at www.srqelections.com . It's easy, avoids Election Day hassles, and helps guarantee that your vote will be counted

In the end, it will be your vote that matters most for the future of women's rights and for America. Join me in standing up for what is right.

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Steve March 14, 2012 at 12:02 PM
It's not about contraception (that's a distraction); it's about telling Religious Institutions that they will be forced to do something against their religious beliefs.
drd March 14, 2012 at 12:48 PM
That's a specious argument, Steve. Religious freedom does not mean religious institutions may impose their beliefs on others by discriminating against women. That is what you are suggesting.
Henry Bright March 14, 2012 at 12:55 PM
First of all, churches themselves are exempt. Secondly, the act that is against the bishops' religious beliefs is contraception and no one is forcing them or their employees to practise contraception. Allowing insurance companies to provide contraception coverage (which costs them nothing but actually saves money) is not the same thing. The bishops pay taxes (I assume) even though those taxes are used for purposes contrary to Catholic teaching but there has been no outcry over that. Could this current flap be politically inspired?
soule March 14, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Rita feels americans should pay for her sexual freedoms. I beleive in woman's rights -- I'm married to one. I feel; no government payments for Viagra or BC pills! This intense reaction by the Left invites questioning their motives. Consider 40 million abortions and free Birth Control? Who are the intellectual eletes trying to keep out of sight? Minorities and the poor unwashed masses? At least, if they are born, they can practice the act of evolution, which, I thought they believed in. Just saying.
Henry Bright March 14, 2012 at 04:18 PM
soule, this issue does not involve government payment for Viagra or BC pills. It's about coverage to be provided either free or at the expense of the employer. And are you really advocating that we don't have enough minorities and poor people? And with the world's population at 7 billion, and increasing by 40,000 every day, I don't think we need to worry about stopping evolution.
soule March 14, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Wow.Free? If the gov dictates it, it's on our dime. Your response about minorities and poor people is racist to the core. You're saying we have enough of those people already so abort them and give out free BC pills to keep down the population of those kind of people? My college prof thought the same thing.
Henry Bright March 15, 2012 at 01:20 AM
No, soule, that is not what I said. Please don't put words in my mouth. What I said was that I am surprised that you are advocating for more minorities because I thought right wingers hate minorities. And yes, I would like like to see fewer poor people; I would like to see everyone have a decent level of income. Apparently, you want to keep them poor.

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