If you’ll excuse my bluntness, I’d like to send the Catholic hierarchy a quick and pointed message: Please be quiet.
I’m referring, of course, to the explosive and ongoing battle that’s erupted over whether or not faith-based institutions – such as universities, charities and hospitals – should be required to make contraceptives available to their employees for free as part of their employer health-care plans.
In a year when a presidential election was supposed to be all about jobs, it’s somehow — as Anne Taylor Fleming noted recently in Politico — ended up being about the female body instead.
On Friday, after several days of severe criticism from the Catholic Church, Republican congressional leaders, all four Republican candidates for president and even some liberals, President Obama released a compromise measure that would shift the requirement to provide free, preventative birth control to the insurers of such institutions.
But, apparently, that’s not enough for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which still finds this latest compromise “unacceptable.”
Read the rest of this post at The Washington Post’s She The People blog…
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