In my latest essay for Fox’s opinion page, I detail the (very long!) list of things Republicans have done in the last year to undermine women’s health and welfare and conclude:
While women voters might rather focus on jobs and the economy, watching Republicans jeopardize women’s health and reproductive freedom while slandering those who try and stand in their way is enough to make women demand not only good jobs and fair pay but political leaders who respect the liberty and rights of women in America.
President Obama’s campaign may be paying for fliers and advertisements to attract women voters, but in this regard, Republicans are giving him the kind of help that money can’t buy.
I don’t say much, but it’s somethin’… Watch carefully or you’ll miss me.
Pretty much everyone is happy with President Obama’s “accommodation” yet Republicans want to keep the debate going. Fine with me — the majority of Americans (including Catholics) side with the President on this one.
Looks like it’s “uh, oh” for the GOP if they keep pushing this…
Most of the major faith-based hospital and university associations that would be affected by the Obama Administration health insurance contraception mandate have endorsed the “compromise” as addressing their concerns. So why is the GOP still making a big fuss?
Here’s a clip from my appearance on Feb 15 on America Live with Megyn Kelly on the Fox News Channel.
In my latest essay for the American Prospect, I argue that the Catholic Church is fueling the anti-contraception debate in a desperate attempt to revive its influence over its lapsed flock.
Before Archbishop Timothy Dolan becomes a cardinal next weekend, he will deliver a speech to the Pope and other Vatican luminaries regarding “evangelization and lapsed Catholics.” … Dolan’s choice of speech topics in Rome suggests what may really be motivating his decision back home is to stir the contraception controversy. At a time when the scale and influence of the Catholic Church in America is in rapid decline, there’s nothing like a “war on religion” to rally your troops.
And then I suggest the Church focus its energies elsewhere:
Maybe instead of preparing a speech lecturing lapsed Catholics about their spiritual infidelity, Archbishop Dolan should examine his faith’s lack of fidelity to the modern needs of its followers. A religion that seems more interested in protecting abstract beliefs about conception than the very real health and well-being of women, that seems far more faithful to doctrine than science, that protects abusive priests while preaching against the sexual freedom of others, might feel marginalized not by any presidential administration but rather by its own narrow theology.
You can read the full piece here, and post a comment.
Appearing on Fox News to again defend the idea that religiously affiliated institutions with a primarily non-religious, public purpose should provide affordable contraception to their female employees, I asked the obvious: How come the same Christian extremists who are screaming from the rooftops about Obama imposing democratic laws on “religious freedom” take the exact opposite position when wanting to protect our laws from Islamic Sharia law? Hmmmm….
Here’s the clip:
On Fox News recently, I debated the right of women everywhere — including employees of public purpose, religiously-affiliated institutions — to have access to contraception.
“Conservatives are always interested in individual choice, until it comes to individual choices that they don’t seem to like. Look, 98 percent of American women in this country, including Catholic women of reproductive age, use contraception.”
Here’s the video clip:
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