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  1. Jen says

    Oddly enough, I just wrote a huge paper on the PPACA and birth control reform and have just a few facts directly from the mandate to share. Catholic churches, seminaries, and all other entities that employ and serve people that are mostly Catholic are actually exempt from this mandate. Insurance companies are fighting so hard for this because it is cheaper to pay for birth control pills than a pregnancy and resulting child birth. And 28 states already require employers to provide insurance that covers FDA approved contraceptives. The same religious entities are exempt from that ruling as well. “In December 2000, the U.S.
    Equal Employment Opportunity Commission made it clear that an employer’s failure to provide coverage of
    contraception, when it covers other prescription drugs and preventive care, is a violation of protections against sex
    discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act; those protections for employees’ benefits include no
    exemption for religious employers.” I totally believe that strictly religious entities should not have to provide birth control for their employees but that it should be made clear up front. However, I work in a “Catholic” hospital that employs over 13.000 people across the city and do believe they should be responsible for finding insurance that provides coverage. I say “Catholic” because it is Catholic in name but not in practice. In fact, it is a merger with a Jewish hospital. In my research I also found that 98% of Catholic women use birth control. Why is that? Probably because they believe the decision to expand their family is, unfortunately, an economic decision that cannot be taken lightly and birth control is a way to help that. Contraceptives also have a lot of health benefits, including a significant reduction in ovarian, cervical, and bowel cancers. The pill won’t just be thrown out to everyone randomly on the street. It will be covered by insurance companies to the employees. Your tax money will not go to fund birth control. And abortion is in no way, shape, or form covered by the mandate.

  2. says

    That is a great thing to hear. I really hope that this is all true, and I hope there is more noise about it if it is. I also know a lot of Catholic women who choose to use birth control – most actually. But, I always say that the people of the Church are not the magesterium. The people have their own free-will and can make their own choices. But, their choices do not dictate what the Church believes. Does that make sense? It does in my head at least…Anyway, I love talking to you about this because you don’t get all icky even if we don’t agree on things :)