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My Take: Why I’m a Catholic for contraception
February 10th, 2012
02:30 PM ET

My Take: Why I’m a Catholic for contraception

Editor's Note: Karalen L. Morthole is a senior majoring in political science at Catholic University of America.

By Karalen L. Morthole, Special to CNN

I have been a Catholic my whole life. Baptized as a baby and confirmed in the seventh grade, I attended weekly catechism classes and received a Jesuit education. Never once did the opinion of the church on a person's use of contraceptives surface.

In high school, I was prescribed birth control to balance my hormones. I suffered from terrible mood swings that had negative effects on my relationship with my family and got me into trouble with teachers. I also experienced menstrual cramps so painful as to be debilitating; sometimes, they left me unable to move.

My mother, a devout Catholic, had no problem with my taking birth control, because she recognized the dramatic effects this simple medication had on my life. Birth control gave me a new, healthy and balanced way to live. As a 22-year-old woman, I am able to think more rationally because of birth control.

Teachers at the Jesuit high school I attended urged students to protect themselves when they became sexually active, to use condoms to stamp out the risk of contracting a viral sexually transmitted disease that would affect the rest of their lives. Some would criticize my teachers for that, but I thank them. My peers and I were taught by caring and realistic teachers with experience making decisions to promote their own health. Some had seen the horrors of sexually transmitted diseases.

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Birth control, condoms and emergency contraception have all served their purpose in my life, because each work in different preventative ways. Birth control has aided my mental health, giving me a clearer head; condoms have protected me from contracting diseases from sexual partners. Emergency contraceptives were there when I was uncertain about whether I’d become pregnant and needed reassurance. I’m not ready to raise a child on my own.

Even though the official Catholic Church teaches against contraceptives, I do not feel immoral using them. They’ve allowed me to live my life without the fear of unwanted pregnancies or deadly diseases.

My religion has played a large part of my life, laying the groundwork for my personal relationship with God. It has taught me how to respect others, be a human with integrity and help those in need. Catholicism is a beautiful religion that supports family values and tolerance of others and leads us to serve others, a teaching I’ve adapted into my everyday living. The Catholic Church does an exceptional job standing up for those who live in poverty and suffer injustices.

But on contraception, the Catholic bishops have taken a stance that violates the basic rights that affect millions of Catholics across the country and shows a lack of concern for women's health.

It is disheartening that the Catholic bishops were so opposed to the Obama administration's decision to require religious institutions like hospitals and colleges to provide their faculty, staff and students with access to reproductive health care, which includes birth control, emergency contraceptives and condoms. Even after the White House announced a revised policy Friday that exempts religious institutions from having to pay for the contraception coverage, at least one bishop voiced disgust. The U.S. bishops said in a statement Friday that it's "too soon to tell whether and how much improvement (there's been) on core concerns."

The bishops have gone so far as to threaten to cease health care coverage to the faculty and staff at my college if it’s forced to comply with the Affordable Health Care Act.

Even though the church will not support women's health needs and denies them opportunities to care for their physical and mental health, it does apparently condone other uses for condoms. In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI endorsed the use of condoms for male prostitutes, saying condoms “can be a first step in the direction of a moralization, a first assumption of responsibility,” and could help “in the intention of reducing the risk of infection.”

In my view, any sexual activity that spreads deadly diseases is sinful because it shows complete disregard for human health and human life. The Catholic Church believes that condoms negatively impact the sexual lives of men and women, preventing reproduction and the creation of life.

I believe that condoms are, in fact, pro-life. They help women and men act responsibly in regards to the spread of HIV/AIDS. Condoms also prevent unintended pregnancies that could result in abortions, another issue that the Catholic Church has strong views about.

As a Catholic, I stand with President Obama's decision to require religious institutions to provide access to contraceptives. I believe that birth control can be used by religious people without having a negative effect on someone’s faith. Catholics value human life. I believe that includes acknowledging the rights of women to take care of our bodies.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Karalen L. Morthole.

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soundoff (1,826 Responses)
  1. Starnois

    Because Jesus said it's OK to cherry pick his teachings right? Religious people are so simple minded. It's time to grow up people.

    February 11, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • nightsun2k7

      well said

      cherry pick=hypocrisy

      February 11, 2012 at 10:01 am |
    • Larry David

      Marginalizing all religious people as simple-mined is the SAME THING as marginalizing all black people as lazy. You can't have it both way, Mr. Progressive Racist.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:02 am |
    • Cyrus

      Larry, Progressive Racist is an oxymoron. Besides, when you marginalize all Muslims as "blow themselves by the falafel stand", that's racist. You, Sir, is the epitome of simple-mindedness. Before lecturing others about marginalization and racism, I suggest you get yourself a bigger mirror.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:12 am |
    • Flinders, the butler

      Where EXACTLY, does Jesus talk about contraception ?

      February 11, 2012 at 11:18 am |
  2. kathy

    Karalen did a very brave thing by stepping up and writing this well thought out piece. What with all the vitriol that has been spewed about this subject it takes a lot of guts to put your name on something that espouses a rational rebuttal to the bishops of the Catholic Church while many people are hiding behind their "name" on these posts and sounding off.

    Well done.

    February 11, 2012 at 9:58 am |
  3. selective

    My Take: Why I'm a Selective Catholic for Contraception. Ridiculous and deceptive article. Even if you just ignore her choosing to use contraception in opposition to the church's mandates – she is also choosing to have premarital s.e.x. She cannot author an article purporting to defend the catholic faith when actually it is simply her version of "her" catholic faith. Typical catholic oozing in hypocrisy.

    February 11, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • Alice

      ditto

      February 11, 2012 at 9:56 am |
  4. Kathy Yack

    Thank you Ms. Morthole for being a voice of reason in a time when neither the Church nor proponents of religious freedom sounds anywhere close to rational when discussing women's health. Your perspective is shared by the majority of Catholics and non Catholics alike.

    February 11, 2012 at 9:54 am |
  5. Mike

    Excellent article.

    February 11, 2012 at 9:54 am |
  6. just the facts

    There's another term as well..Cafeteria Catholic

    February 11, 2012 at 9:53 am |
  7. just the facts

    Here's a novel idea honey, just close your legs and you wont have to worry about disease or pregnancy.

    February 11, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • Rideitout

      How bout cutting off your testicles?

      February 11, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • Larry David

      See reductio ad absurdum below.

      February 11, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • just the facts

      rideitout, that's silly...females do not have testicles.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:05 am |
  8. Larry David

    You're not a Catholic unless you subscribe to their dogma. You can't be a Jew that believes in Jesus as the messiah or a Muslim that doesn't believe in detonating himself at a falafel stand. It simply doesn't work that way. As an atheist, I can't call myself an atheist and believe in God.

    February 11, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • Flinders, the butler

      Larry,
      YOU don't make the rules. They can do whatever they want. Ever hear of "Jews for Jesus" ? You don't like it, too bad.

      February 11, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • Cyrus

      you are a pos!

      February 11, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • Larry David

      You're EXACTLY right, butler; I don't make the rules. The organizations make the rules. Jews for Jesus aren't JEWS....they're Jews for Jesus. Comprende? Now get me a glass of Pepsi, butler.

      February 11, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      INRI-Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:04 am |
    • nunof

      Larry – learn something, dude.
      Can you not be an American if you don't say the pledge of allegiance, or follow all the laws?
      Can I not be a Dodger fan and hate the owner?

      Jesus and all those who first believed he was Messiah were Jewish. They didn't stop being Jewish just because they believed he was THEIR Messiah (a Hebrew term).

      Have you ever met a Catholic who observed their own doctrine? I haven't. There is no such thing. From the Inquisition to the holocaust to the Catholicizing of the Americas – these people religiously refuse to obey their own rules. That's why they like it so much, they can make it up as they go along, like this girl.

      Not only can they freely make up their own rules, they can redefine their disobedience to their own system as a virtue!

      February 11, 2012 at 11:06 am |
  9. Doug Lynn

    If your Mother supports your use of contraceptives, you and she should pay for it. This is not about employers supporting women's health. This is communism where government leaders are trampling the rights of everyone by decided where everyone will spend their resources. What is next? Employers being forced to pay for your food, because food and health are so closely related. Employers are a person or group of persons. This is forcing someone else to pay for your very personal choices. This will backfire. The logic choice, if this becomes law, is for the offended employers to fire all their employees, rehire them as independent contractors and provide no insurance at all.

    February 11, 2012 at 9:51 am |
    • Rideitout

      What???

      February 11, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • Flinders, the butler

      They pay for prenatal care and childbirth. Then that should stop too.

      February 11, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • chrism

      I agree Doug. People seem to miss this is really just another piece of socialism, where working Americans pay for free birth control for 20 something's while the latter go buy the latest iPhone and drink at bars. There is no "right" to free birth control. The governments place to protect God-given rights, not invent man-made ones. Of course Obama figured this would be popular with young people. Freebies.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • Dave

      That would be asking people to be responsible for their own actions and everyone knows that the American people are not smart enough to be responsible. I believe that if you lose both your legs someone should help you into a wheelchair but if you are someone who refuses to walk then you should be kicked to the curb. Those of you who believe that the government needs to dictate that I have to pay for your birth control need to be kicked to the curb.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:05 am |
    • Jeff

      Umm...and yet you have no problem paying for schools you and your kids dont attend, insurance for drivers that don't have any, roads that not everyone uses, providing welfare because you have a job and someone else doesnt, and a whole host of other items your taxes go to help pay for. I am confused as to why you would be against adding contraceptives to that list. I mean if your issue is paying for things you do not use then your issue is much bigger than just contraceptives and I hope you are speaking out against the rest of it as well.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • Christina

      Jeff- Most Catholics have no religious convictions about the other issues you named. Catholics believe using or supporting contraception is a mortal sin that seperates you from God. We are not asking other people to believe as we do, but to please respect our religious beliefs and do not force us to violate them.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:23 am |
  10. Ret_MSgt

    The Catholic church is loosing member in the modern society because of its failure to understand the real world. In this current economy where people are struggling to make ends meet the catholic church wants a husband and wife to abstain from intimacy because that is the only form of brith control they approve of. If you know you cannot afford to bring a child into this world why must you also suffer from lack of intimacy. Birth control helps families to be able to take care of the children they do have by not bring more into the family causing hardship. The catholic church really needs to get a grip on the real world.

    February 11, 2012 at 9:51 am |
    • Heath

      Has no one heard of the withdraw method, it's free. Monogamy is the bigger problem, not contraception.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:01 am |
    • Recovering Catholic

      Amen.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:05 am |
    • Christina

      Like his Holy Father once said, it is better to have a hand full of true Catholics, than seas of false Catholics.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:11 am |
    • kathy

      I think your most salient point is that the Catholic Church has never had a "grip" on the real world but has tried to put a grip on the real world by demanding that their teachings be strictly adhered to, and if they're not then they'll make you pay....... look up The Inquisition and the Holy Wars.

      February 11, 2012 at 11:37 am |
  11. Mark

    Seriously people. This is 2012, not 1012. Have a little self-awareness!? Please? Sigh.

    February 11, 2012 at 9:48 am |
    • Christina

      God does not change with the times, or subscibe to pop culture.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:06 am |
  12. Reed

    Hmmm.. Since this is all about women who "need" access to birth control, should I, as a man, be demanding that the Obama plan also "FORCE" employers (or insurance companies) to provide for my erectile dysfunction? After all, I have a medical condition which my current insurance policy does not cover and I cannot afford to cover out of pocket.

    February 11, 2012 at 9:47 am |
    • Rideitout

      Absolutely. When has an insurance company done the right thing?

      February 11, 2012 at 9:50 am |
    • Heath

      Right on; and the list never will stop. If people want personal freed, they need to take personal responsibility.

      February 11, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • tom

      Talk to you doctor and he may may solve your problem with a perscription

      February 11, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • Flinders, the butler

      Medicare covers Viagra.

      February 11, 2012 at 9:58 am |
    • Alice

      Reed, I think many policies already cover such medicines. That is actually some folks argument about "fairness".

      February 11, 2012 at 10:05 am |
    • Reed

      Technically, Medicare (Part D) does NOT cover Viagra snce a 2007 ruling which made erectile-dysfunction drugs like Viagra ineligible for the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit program, unless they’re prescribed by a physician for pulmonary hypertension.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:07 am |
  13. Cletus vandam

    You people are morons. there's no magic ghost spirit living in the sky. Do you believe in Santa clause, the Easter bunny, or the boogeyman monster also? you better believe in them if you believe in a god? contraceptives prevent people who aren't ready financially or emotionally from having kids and they prevent acne and mood swings in young peoples who's lives can be negatively affected. if your so called god will forgive murders and child molesters as long as they go to confession and say 10 worthless and meaningless prayers, don!t you think god would forgive a person the tales birth control, if there really was a god, which there is not, I do not believe in god or wasting time going to church to try to get myself into the dream world heaven, but if I am wrong I am going to hell because that's where all my friends are going and I don,t want to hang out for eternity with you morons in heaven.

    February 11, 2012 at 9:46 am |
    • Irishcat

      Why are you bothering to respond to this article?

      February 11, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      If your post was made in the spirit of charitable love i.e. u love your neighbor as yourself, it will make more sense. Emotional immaturity can obscure an otherwise good message. I hope you try to love your neighbor as yourself. A few more friends can only enhance ur wellbeing. I love you as myself.

      February 11, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • Jay

      So, you resort to marganalizing language to quickly kill debate? Interesting; because it would seem to me that it's your own ignorance of what Catholics really believe that would quickly lead you to understand why birth control is an aberation to their faith. Further, being "responsible" is about having self restraint. This is equivalent to someone saying I can smoke and prevent lung cancer so long as I use filtered ciagarettes; completely asinine...right? Not more so that what you argument suggests....

      February 11, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • Doug Lynn

      You are going to hell. A fool says in his heart there is no God. You are also an idiot, because this issue is not about contraception. It is about a tyrannical government again forcing one person to pay for the personal choices of another. I do not care if you use contraception or not. Just do not make me your slave and force me to pay for your personal choices.

      February 11, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • Walter

      My sympathies, Cletus. You have obviously never been in the service during wartime. Who is it that said "there ae no atheists in foxholes."

      As for the writer, I went to a Jesuit school and if she "never once" heard any mention of contraception, she must have been sleeping in class.

      February 11, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • Flinders, the butler

      Doug,
      There is no "going anywhere", much less to a place where "combustion" is taking place. The spiritual realm, (if there is one), exists OUTSIDE space-time. No space, no time. To "go to hell", requires TIME, (to get there, and the combustion to take place, and time for the experience to unfold) and SPACE, for the "place" to exist. Grow up, and go to school.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:02 am |
    • Jeff

      You are an idiot for calling people out on their beliefs. I'm sure you believe some things the rest of us would find worthless. How about you let people live their lives and you live yours.

      Thats the problem with this country. People on both sides of the religious issue have some insane desire to dictate how other live. Just live your life and let everyone else live their life.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:10 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      I don't see why Americans are so much for birth control when you need soldiers to win wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, etc. Recently because there were not enough ground troops Libyans witnessed a fiasco of liberation. Gaddafi to Sharia, democracy swerve. Americans more children please.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:10 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      I don't see why Am eri cans are so much for bir th con trol when you need sol diers to win wars in Afgha nistan, Ir aq, etc. Recently because there were not enough ground troops Lib yans witnessed a fiasco of li bera tion. Gad dafi to Sha ria, demo cra cy swerve. Ameri cans more chil dren please.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:14 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      L i b y a needed ur g ro un d tro op s but u had none. therefore it was Ga dd a ffi to S ha ri a for them. More children please.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:17 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      L i b y a n f i a s c o w a s b e c a u s e of s h o r a t a g e of t r o o p s. G a d d a f i to S h a r i a. D e m o c r a c y s w e r v e.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:22 am |
  14. Lineman

    If everyone thought like Ms. Morthole we would be surprised at how fast religous conflicts in our country and throughout the world would go away. The only conflicts left after that involving religion would be someone who wanted to consolidate or expand thier power by molding religion as their propaganda tool and we could easily see through that. The Catholic church needs to follow the efforts of Martin Luther when he discarded a lot of the Catholic church's ideology of the time and looked at the original teaching of Christ. That process has been going on for 400 years and we are far from done yet.

    February 11, 2012 at 9:46 am |
    • Jimmy

      yeah, if everyone opened their legs to everyone that would solve world peace, hunger, etc.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:04 am |
    • Heath

      Christ said it was better for a person to remain celibate; and he said sell all you have and give to the poor

      February 11, 2012 at 10:05 am |
  15. sonotso

    Contraception is a personal choice and from a purely survival of species perspective, take a look at who practices contraception and which groups do not. Which will survive and thrive? Strictly a numbers issue. What if your parents were all about practicing contraception? More questions than answers; however, each individual should assess what their capabilities are fiscally, emotionally, etc. and ascertain their likelihood of being a good parent whose child can and will CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIETY (those being the key words).

    February 11, 2012 at 9:46 am |
    • Flinders, the butler

      The mindless geometric increase in the size of the planet's population threatens the species, FAR more than contraception, and is FAR more immoral than using the pill.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:04 am |
  16. Rideitout

    Never mind that man behind the curtain. Talk about a culture of fear and self-loathing..Perhaps it's time to become a Lutheran?

    February 11, 2012 at 9:45 am |
  17. Jennifer

    Catholicism, like all religions, has certain beliefs and rules. If you do not abide by them you are not Catholic and should not call yourself one. I agree with your thoughts on contraception. I WAS a practicing catholic most of my life also, and have been through twelve years of catholic schooling. What you are advocating is called "cafeteria catholicism" , you pick and choose what you want to abide by. It does not make you right. It does not make you a Catholic. To be a TRUE Catholic in good standing and able to receive the sacraments, you must adhere to ALL of their rules, like them or not. Otherwise you (like myself) can not continue to call yourself a Catholic. Like I said, I agree with your thoughts on contraception. HOWEVER, you do not have the authority to simply make up your own rules and should therefore not continue to say you are Catholic and write articles as such advocating your own thoughts and standards as though they are within the realm of Catholicism. You need to be honest with yourself. If you can not cut it as a Catholic, obeying ALL Catholic rules, then quit and stop calling yourself one. Not everything you do is OK with the church just because YOU want it to be.

    February 11, 2012 at 9:44 am |
    • jay

      very awesome comment. im impressed. i agree

      February 11, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • Jay

      Well said Jennifer. Unfortunately, this mindset permeates everything in our society that has anything to do with morality. Folks want to be accepted by religion, society, etc... but only on their terms. Never heard the term "cafateria Catholic", but would suggest there is a sort of "moral buffet" that most folks subscribe to these days. For those on the straight and narrow, you're labeled as hateful, biggoted, or a zealot.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • Kevin

      Jennifer,

      I fully agree and can relate to your comments. I came to the same point and could not continue to make up my own rules and be halfway in the church. My family made the choice to fully follow the direction of Christ's church and practice what we preach and rejoice in all of the sacraments. We will pray for all young Catholics to lead the life Christ has planned for us.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:02 am |
    • ThisIsNotCool

      Amen, sister. Like you, I call myself a fallen Catholic rather than act as a cafeteria Catholic. I think Catholics are wonderful; I just don't believe in it all myself and therefore don't call myself one. I wonder if the author here realizes that hormone-based birth control and the morning after pill are virtually indistinguishible from abortion to Catholics. They both function by preventing a fertilized egg from attaching itself to the uterine wall, hence, "aborting" it.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:04 am |
    • Flinders, the butler

      One is not a Catholic ONLY because they agree with the hierarchy. The authority model in the Roman Church is non-biblical. Church authority come from the Spirit, working from the bottom up, not the top down. Catholic women use birth control. The "church" approves BC.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:07 am |
    • selective

      I posted a few minutes later (see above) – I've always called it selective catholicism – used to practice it myself. I'm too smart for that now!

      February 11, 2012 at 10:14 am |
    • Jeff

      Actually, the idea that it is all or nothing is not written anywhere in the Catholic dogma. This idea that to be Catholic you have to be 100% is the same idea that cultures and groups around the world have used to justify the elimination of those that were not good enough or pure enough.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:17 am |
    • Bob

      My reply is actually to ThisIsNotCool, and I don't want to get in the middle of this argument. However, hormone-based birth control pills do NOT prevent implantation. They work by inhibiting ovulation. You don't have to worry about implantation when there is no chance for fertilization.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:49 am |
  18. HMcD

    Okay, you "I don't want to pay for someone's birth control so they can sleep around" people: how about this?

    I don't want to pay for your smoking cessation treatment because you were stupid and got hooked on tobacco.
    And while we're at it, I don't want to pay for your insulin because you eat too much sugar, or your knee surgery because you got fat.

    This is a slippery slope, everyone. As soon as you drag morality–which encompasses very different things for different people–the entire system goes down the tubes. As a civil society, you must respect pluralism.

    And I sure as hell don't want to pay for medical treatment for people who take drugs. Especially idiots who get burned when their meth labs explode.

    February 11, 2012 at 9:44 am |
    • Jimmy

      ..and maybe that's the way to go.

      why should my tax $ go to support someone's personal choices. I would rather see more of it go to education, infrastructure building, etc.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:10 am |
    • Jeff

      Jimmy...you do not consider education a personal choice?

      I would much rather pay for conceptive than pay for a unwanted child for the rest of it;s life.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:19 am |
  19. Edwin

    She's missing the point. What she believes is not, and should not, be the focus. We are talking about whether the Catholic Church, or any other religious organization, should be compelled, under penalty of punishment, to go against its core beliefs. She can commit as many mortal sins as she wants. The Catholic Church should not be compelled to enable her.

    February 11, 2012 at 9:42 am |
    • Seaturtle

      Are you saying that birth control is a mortal sin?

      February 11, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • Flinders, the butler

      That's what YOU are talking about. The President has crafted a compromise. No one asked "the church" what they think on this matter.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:09 am |
  20. lindybee

    I think that it is a woman's personal and private business if she wants to use birth control. I don't see what religious freedom has to do with whether a woman has a baby or not. It should be a universal rule that all employers provide insurance that covers contraceptives.

    February 11, 2012 at 9:41 am |
    • Paul

      I think it is a nice thing to eat carrots, the Federal Government should force people to eat carrots, they're healthy and it is good for the Carrot growers. My wanting it to happen, no matter how good it might be, does not give the Government authority to force people to do things. The only force the Government has is the force of justice. If you wrong someone, the government is there to help the wronged get redress. The government is not there to force people to do "good" things.

      February 11, 2012 at 9:58 am |
    • Heath

      Yes Paul. Lindybee, why do have to pay for your choices? As you said, "it is a woman's personal and private business" and let's keep it that way. As a business owner I don't want to pay for it; and if it is a priority to you, then by all means purchase it and use it. Your rationale is 'cake and eat it too' thinking.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:09 am |
    • Jimmy

      Why should your personal beliefs impinge on my personal belief by forcing me to pay for your personal beliefs?

      February 11, 2012 at 10:14 am |
    • Jeff

      Paul...and yet you pay taxes that help support people not working, pay for medical procedures or treatment for diseases and the results of their personal actions, and to pay for things that benefit society.

      So I am confused as to why you would be ok with all of that, and be against this. I would much rather help pay the $100 for birth control than the thousands to support an unwanted kid. Because you are already paying for the unwanted kids. So you do not want to help fund a solution that may reduce your expenses over the long term?

      February 11, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • nunof

      Lindy, the issue isn't about the USERS of birth control, but the providers. The President wants to force religious organizations to go against their own teachings. A woman can always get contraceptives at a protestant or secular hospital – where they have no rules against it.

      For the record, this isn't the only issue like this. For many years people have tried to avoid military service because their religious beliefs include pacifism. In fact, some have even tried to avoid paying taxes – because some of their money might go to things with which they disagree.

      This is why conservatives fight against 'big' government – the bigger it gets, the more problems arise. The bottom line is whether or not the majority of Americans should have the right to force a minority to do things they find objectionable – whether it's religious folks forcing God into schools or athiests forcing condoms in Catholic church – is that what any of us wants?

      February 11, 2012 at 10:48 am |
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