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  •  I would say this lawsuit is a campaign tactic (14+ / 0-)

    filed to help defeat President Obama, except the bishops are so out of touch they probably do not see that it's going to backfire. Fools! An overwhelming majority of your CATHOLIC women use or have used contraception. You are losing on this one and rendering your church ever more irrelevant.

    Yes, indeed, where are the lawsuits challenging the defunding of hunger programs for children or illegal wars? Why are they not filing lawsuits in states across the nation to end the death penalty?

    Why indeed.

    Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07.

    by anastasia p on Tue May 22, 2012 at 02:31:59 PM PDT

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    •  Sister Simone Campbell of NETWORK Agrees... (3+ / 0-)
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      A recent front page article in the Express-News quotes someone as complaining that 'Obamacare' violates the religious beliefs of some Catholic organizations.  A recently cited report by the Guttmacher Institute found that the vast majority of Catholic women who have ever had sex have at some time used birth control -- 98% -- and 87% of those who are "sexually active" and don't want to get pregnant are currently using some form of it.*

      The prospective mandate for institutions such as Catholic hospitals to let their employee health insurance plans cover contraception may conflict with the religious beliefs of those institutions -- if institutions, apart from the people who make them up can be said to have beliefs.  But that mandate hardly conflicts with the practices of any of the insured people, even the Catholics.

      A Mississippi civil rights worker of the 1960's seems to be the first person to have said, "Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe."

      *"The Christian Post has been contacted by Guttmacher Institute regarding how its report is being used to describe birth control use among Catholic women. There is a distinction in the report between "sexually experienced" women and "sexually active" women that The Christian Post failed to clarify. The report says that 98 percent of "sexually experienced" Catholic women have used birth control at some point in their lives and 87 percent of "sexually active" Catholic women who are not pregnant, post-partum or trying to get pregnant are currently using some form of birth control. As originally reported, the sample only includes women aged 15-44. Also, the data does report whether the women who reported having used birth control at some point in their lives were Catholic at the time they were using it."

      The Christian Post tried to poke a lot of holes in the Guttmacher poll, but they were big enough to post that last paragraph as a clarification.  The 98% figure is potentially misleading.  Given 15 seconds of thought, you realize that there must be more than 2% who have no need for contraception.  The second figure, from a group that screens out women who don't want or need birth control and consider themselves Catholic, is impressive enough at 87%.  

      That " me what you do quote is Meteor Blades's signature line, for anyone who doesn't remember where they'd seen it before.

      We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

      by david78209 on Tue May 22, 2012 at 08:14:21 PM PDT

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