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  •  I pointed out that the Pope's encouragement (0+ / 0-)

    about procreation has minimal to no effect on a macro scale in North America and Europe.

    If you read it as anything more than that, I can't help you.

    I think it's a fairly pointless thing to complain about when the people it's historically been directed at are ignoring it completely, based on the evidence of the birth rate. AND when there are plenty of other things that have a real effect on women that could be complained about.

    In order to communicate effectively, you have to take what people say at face value, especially in a medium like this.

    But if you don't want to communicate effectively (ie. actually understand what other people are saying and respond to it meaningfully), if you just want to use whatever opportunity you find to jump on your soapbox and respond however you wish, no one can stop you.

    It's not a great way to achieve anything except a fleeting feeling of superiority, when you and I have the same goals (I assume) of equality for all, not that you would know this, since you choose to respond to thoughts in your head instead of things that I have said.

    The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any. -Alice Walker

    by LibrErica on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 07:02:38 AM PDT

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    •  The pope's policies regarding procreation have a (0+ / 0-)

      direct effect on Catholic hospital policy here in the US with regards to emergency contraception, abortion and birth control, and it can negatively affect treatment options for gravid women with high risk pregnancies, and rape survivors.

      The pope's policy also trickles down to individual doctors, and can and has emboldened anti-choice crackpots to follow suit.

      Religion might not be monolithic, but the Catholic Church sure is. And we in the states are dealing directly with push back from that Sect on a daily basis with regards to women's reproductive self determination.

      Women might not listen, but that doesn't mean they have full access for any number of reasons, many of which can be traced directly back to religious extremists blocking access to comprehensive medical care for a woman at every stage of her life, but most especially during her child bearing years.

      "It were a thousand times better for the land if all Witches, but especially the blessing Witch, might suffer death." qtd by Ehrenreich & English. For Her Own Good, Two Centuries of Expert's Advice to Women pp 40

      by GreenMother on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 10:32:30 AM PDT

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