My Take: Contraception denigrates me as a woman
February 16th, 2012
12:13 PM ET

My Take: Contraception denigrates me as a woman

Editor’s Note: Valerie Pokorny is actively involved in marriage preparation programs, natural family planning instruction and chastity education in the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas.

By Valerie Pokorny, Special to CNN

(CNN) – In the face of the Health and Human Services mandate to provide contraception coverage, I stand with my fellow Catholics hoping our religious freedom will be respected.

But more importantly, I stand as a woman hoping who I am will be respected.

Four times a year, I walk into a room of Catholic moms and their middle school or high school daughters to help them see why being a woman matters, as part of the Archdiocese of San Antonio’s Mother-Daughter Programs on the Gift of Femininity.

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soundoff (435 Responses)
  1. Angela

    Thank you for fighting this fight. I only came acosrs your blog as I am researching places to give to support women and pregnancy and premature birth. I gave birth to my beautiful son at 34 weeks, luckily he was fine. I was diagnosed with an incompetent cervix at 19 weeks, though they are still unsure about IC vs. PTL. I felt like my doctors were shooting darts blindly. I will be watching this story carefully. In the meantime can you suggest other non-profits to get behind?

    September 9, 2012 at 1:48 am |
  2. Brian from Chicago

    Brief, but pointless.

    March 15, 2012 at 9:27 am |
  3. Stuck in the Middle

    Valerie is free to believe as she likes and to have as many children as she likes. The problem arises when Valerie thinks she has a right or duty to think for another and make choices for another. Valerie, like the rest of the Christian Taliban need to read a history book and gain a better understanding of what it means to be an American. I'm an atheist yet I would never vote for any law preventing you from practicing your faith, can you say the same? I highly doubt it.

    March 15, 2012 at 7:54 am |
  4. masterochi

    The people who claim to believe in God would feel like they have been more loyal to God's word, and the people who ignore God's word should be judged by God alone.

    Now if the government makes everyone follow God's law by threatening them with jail time, then you are no better than the people who were forced to comply.

    I would think that God would want people to participate based on their willingness to obey, but not because they were forced to by human law.

    Are you saying that you do not trust God to mete out his judgement to the sinners? Wouldn't that make you Holier than God?

    Of course, taking away contraception and abortions will mean more lower-class babies will grow up and vote. Is that a good thing? What if they are all athiests, or Hindu or Moslem, you still want them born, American citizens, who will then vote against your patriarchial system that treats women as property, first of the father, then of the husband.

    I think Jesus would want everyone to choose for themselves, not be forced to do it by a theocratic government. Isn't theocratic government the heart of Sharia Law?

    March 14, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
  5. KeithTexas

    As a catholic family we used birth control and had the family we wanted when we wanted it. I don't think you really go to He L L for haveing the size family you can feed and afford

    March 14, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • LinCA


      You said, "I don't think you really go to He L L for haveing the size family you can feed and afford"
      Don't worry. You can't go to a place that doesn't exist.

      March 15, 2012 at 7:58 am |
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