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My Take: Contraception politics makes good works difficult
The author has struggled to get contraception coverage from her Catholic employer.
March 16th, 2012
12:12 PM ET

My Take: Contraception politics makes good works difficult

Editor’s note: The writer was granted anonymity because of concerns this piece could jeopardize her employment.

By Anonymous, Special to CNN

I love the good works my job at a Catholic nonprofit group enables me to do, advocating for the poor, hungry, sick and homeless.

My passion for these issues comes from Catholic social teaching. From my Catholic grammar school to my Catholic high school, I absorbed these teachings into my DNA. As I came into adulthood at a Catholic university, my commitment to social justice guided me.

The most profound declaration of faith I can make is practicing the Catholic teachings about human dignity and about what my faith calls the “preferential option for the poor” in my everyday life.

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My work brings attention to people who don’t have corporate lobbyists representing them in government. I advocate for people too often talked at or about, not to, and never with, by the elite and powerful.

But I’ve come to realize that women are excluded from the Catholic notion of social justice, specifically the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ understanding of social justice.

The bishops don’t understand women or biology. They understand power and control. They have become lobbyists in robes exerting influence in Washington and every state capital.

They are detached from the real life challenges facing women who sit faithfully in their pews, serving their churches, and millions like me who’ve rejected their power and control in order to keep the most important parts of our faith.

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The politically powerful bishops want to control access to contraception, portraying themselves as victims of the new federal healthcare law’s policy that provides free birth control coverage to women.

My work brings me in touch with people for whom the word “victim” has real meaning. The bishops aren’t victims. They’ve created a political charade based on invented threats to religious liberty.

What about my religious liberty and that of my co-workers? Real religious liberty gives everyone the right to make personal decisions, including whether to use birth control, based on our own beliefs.

And what about our health? When a colleague with a cancer-causing condition at my Catholic nonprofit needed contraception for her treatment last year, she didn’t know where to turn. Our employer doesn’t provide access to contraception, and she couldn’t afford the medication. Her condition got worse.

After months of waiting for permission from our employer, she was finally granted contraception coverage, and her condition improved. But she suffered needlessly in the interim.

Another co-worker, we learned, was paying $90 a month out-of-pocket for the contraception she needs to treat her polycystic fibrosis. That’s a significant monthly expense, especially considering “the pill” is the most commonly prescribed drug for women.

HR told us we had to ask permission of the agency’s CEO on a case-by-case basis. It reminded me of when I first got my period at age 12. My cramps were so bad that my pediatrician recommended contraception.

I had to ask my father’s permission. The only difference today is my colleagues and I aren’t young girls; the CEO isn’t our father.

Recently, I learned that I needed contraception for dysmenorrhea, and I thought my work helping my colleagues get contraception coverage meant I would have an easier time.

Instead, I had to explain my personal medical situation to a man in HR, which is embarrassing for any woman.

When I received special permission from the men in control to get medication to take care of my health – to live according to my beliefs – I requested that the agency develop protocols so no one else would have to go through the same humiliating process. The powers that be refused.

In rejecting the Obama administration’s compromise on contraception coverage – which mandates that insurance companies, not religiously affiliated employers, provide free contraception coverage – the church and the bishops find themselves out on a limb politically.

They have twisted religious liberty to mean they can impose their beliefs on others, and it’s taking a toll. The bishops’ rigid thinking caused me to leave the Catholic Church two years ago.

I could do the church’s good works advocating for others, but the only way I could advocate for myself was to leave the church.

I was no longer nourished spiritually. Instead, the spoken and unspoken messages about sexuality, the body and women – especially our inability to serve as clergy – forced me to leave.

Just like the people I advocate for, within the church hierarchy women are talked at and about, not to, and rarely with.

I’m deeply proud of my work representing the poor and dispossessed. I love my job, and the faith I’ve found through my work after leaving the church. I don’t like the thought of having to leave that behind, too.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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soundoff (576 Responses)
  1. 21k

    as an atheist, (and ex-catholic) , i don't see why any of us should be paying for other people's "personal" prescriptions, whether it's birth control, viagra, etc. what does a doctor really do that you can't do yourself before it's prescribed anyway? nothing. you can find all the warnings on the box or online. so all this stuff should be made available over the counter. not made a part of a health insurance plan. but people really should stop the religion thing, it's all made up to keep these faith-based businesses going.

    March 17, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • dw

      There are many things wrong with what you are saying. For one, oral birth control pills are not routinely safe enough to be sold over the counter. There are serious risks to taking them, including most notably blood clots. This risk is much higher in women who smoke, and it is the physician who must ensure that a medication is safe for the patient. You think that reading a package insert is equivalent to four years of medical school and 3+ years of post graduate medical training. The vast majority of people cannot make complicated health decisions for themselves. That is why we have physicians and why it takes so long to become one.

      Secondly, you assume that all birth control methods are pills. There are many other (more effective) forms which are shots or implants, and again, a physician must implement these.

      For your argument against "personal" prescriptions, that can be made for almost any health condition. My health insurance premiums go up to pay for the medications and cancer treatments for smokers, liver transplants for alcoholics, and diabetes and cardiac medications for the morbidly obese. Many health conditions are genetic and people will develop them without any choice of their own, but many are caused by certain "personal" behaviors. You cannot say that birth control is the only "personal" prescription.

      March 17, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  2. paganguy

    Priests oppose contraception. It would eliminate their chance of having kids with some of the parishioners.

    March 17, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  3. Scholar

    Someone who operates a business and employs people becomes a business owner and employer by doing that.

    An individual who is a Catholic has religious freedom to practice his religion without interference from the government. The First Amendment guarantees this.

    The government is not free to treat a business differently just because its owner or owners or corporation happens to be Catholic or even a Catholic Church. Any such special treatment is not permitted by the First Amendment. Therefore, the government, in making laws and regulations that govern how businesses operate, treats all businesses equally and without regard to the religion of the owners.

    The First Amendment protects individuals' right of worship and protects churches against government interference. It also prohibits the government from treating businesses unequally just because the owners happen to be religious or churches.

    The First Amendment works in both ways.

    March 17, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • Jeb

      No one is forcing anyone to take birth control. It has been the standard of care and included in most health plans for over 60 years now to treat a variety of health problems.

      The Church or any other business owner has no business making health care decisions for it's employees. That is between the employee and their doctor.

      March 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • kcfq58

      Health insurance in conjunction with the employer can make decisions on what is or is not covered.
      Under the new system the state is telling you what to cover.
      If you are a Jehova's Witness then blood transfusions would not be covered as they go against their teachings.
      The real issue here is that your conscience would no longer matter. The state decides what your faith should be.
      The state has no business being involved is legislating beliefs of established religion.
      Especially that Catholics have been around since some 2000 years vs some 200 for the US.

      March 17, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  4. Jeb

    The bottom line is priests are not qualified or capable of making your health care decisions. That should be between you and your doctor.

    March 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  5. kcfq58

    To those of you who rant against the Church. You all should read up on the Theology fo The Body teachings of the late John Paul 2.
    Then you will understand the position of the Catholic Church.
    Do not just bash the Church for being faithful to its teachings. At least it remains stead fast though not fashionable.
    This is of great comfort to many in trying times.

    March 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • Jeb

      There is nothing in the Bible regarding birth control. This is more about controlling women than anything else.

      March 17, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • kcfq58

      There is a commandment Thou Shalt not Kill.
      Contraceptive pills can act as an abortifiant and the belief of the Church is that life begins at conception.
      There is scientific proof of this National Geographic has a film on the development of human life.
      If killing is wrong then the possibility of killing is also wrong.

      March 17, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • Colin in Florida

      kcfq58, I don't need to read anything from your church: As they say, action speaks louder than words.

      It is obvious to anyone who has not been brainwashed by your religion (I assume you are Catholic) that women just don't matter in your religion. Women cannot become priests, cannot become bishops, monsignor, cardinals, let alone the Pope. In short, women are consistently treated as second class citizens. They can become sisters, and occasionally, 'mothers', but those are very minor and always subordinate positions compared to the positions available to men.

      The catholic church is consistently the most backward Western religion. Example: Priests cannot marry. Is this in the bible? No, it was some ruling by a council around the year 400. Since then, many priests and even popes have married, but has anything ever happened to them? No, their actions were overlooked.

      Does the bible mention anything about abortions, or life beginning at conception? Nope, again another papal ruling that the church has adopted.

      March 17, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  6. Nax

    So why work for a Catholic agency? If all the oppressed women, and all the gay priests and music directors, who get paychecks thanks to the Catholic Church, would stop working for them, things might change! As it stands, you are simply an enabler. There are other agencies and jobs that also help victims–you don't have to work for a Catholic one.

    March 17, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • John

      Agreed!

      March 17, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • Scholar

      Economic reality being what it is, people are not always free to pick and choose from among the many companies that are hiring today but must take perhaps the only job opportunity that comes along.

      March 17, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • Katie

      Did you not read the part about this woman desiring tobe a good Catholic according to her Catholic upbringing? Until the time she realized what nonsense the Church was pulling in the name of religious freedom, she was pleased and proud to work for a Catholic organization that lived its teaching through helping the poor. Yes, she may indeed have the choice of where to work – if she's lucky – but let's face it, that option is just so much easier to say than to do. Quitting means giving up salary and benefits and starting at square one somewhere else. It means giving up seniority and possibly security. It may mean not doing what you love to do.

      There is NO legitimate excuse for a business that just happens to be run by a religious organization to place unreasonable restrictions on the benefits offered some of their employees, when those benefits are standard for any other business. The business is subject to all the other laws and taxes and regulations that non-Catholic-run businesses must adhere to. This is not religion, this is business. The government is not telling the Catholic Church what to believe or how to run their religion. (And why is there NO outcry from the Church regarding coverage for a man's vasectomy? Doesn't that go against the whole "be fruitful and multiply" point of view?)

      March 17, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  7. Fox me? Fox you!

    TAX RELIGIONS! NOW!! If they want to get involved in the political process, then they may pay for the privilege.

    March 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • kcfq58

      The issue is the political process is trying to run the Church.
      Government is legislating what you should or should not believe.

      What happens to your freedoms when the state tells you what to do or think?

      March 17, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • Jeb

      kcfq58 The government is simply requiring these church owned businesses to operate under the same rules and treat their employees by the same standards as any other business.

      March 17, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • kcfq58

      The Church is not a business like any other.
      It has all sorts of exemptions. Those are the essence of the First amendment.
      When one erodes the freedoms of beliefs of any established religion then all freedoms come into question.
      Did you know that homeland security can search you at a municipal bus stop or train station? This for your safety.
      Government today under the guise of protection for all and all are equal is eroding your freedoms at an alarming rate.
      If nothing is done then we will be like some totalitarian country not a country I want to live in.
      My USA protects the rights of individuals and one of those rights is my faith. To practice my faith according to centuries old doctrine.

      March 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • AGuest9

      kcfq58: Why is it better to listen to what the church tells its members to think?

      March 17, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Jadugara

      Hey,...kcfq58,...the Church is not supposed to be a business AT ALL!!!! If it is,...then it stops being a non-profit ins.t.itution, and needs to be treated like ALL THE OTHERS,...no exceptions... The moment a church starts running a for-profit business, it can't hide behind the First Ammendment any more... Maybe the Church can get away with doing so, but the business cannot, nor should not...

      March 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  8. YaWimp

    What is the discuccion? Obama has compromised to satisfy every religion on earth. Get the contraception coverage and let us get on with it.

    March 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • kcfq58

      Obama has thrown dust in your eyes to blind you of the reality that he has not compromised.
      The compromise is unilateral therefore is not a compromise. One needs to negotiate to get a compromise.
      Both sides need to agree.

      March 17, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Congress doesn't want to deal with tough issues like the war and the economy, so they will spend weeks quibbling over nonsense that gets the rabble down south all up in arms, and it makes the headlines. Then a few of them get to stand in front of cameras and look "official". All part of "the game".

      March 17, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  9. Rose B

    May I suggest you join an Episcopal church & outreach community. Perhaps their views will be more in line with yours.
    Don't expect the Catholic Church to change because you don't agree with their policies. You are free to worship elsewhere.

    March 17, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • Jadugara

      To quote Keith,...what absolute GARBAGE, the church has changed many times when it was FORCED to. Remember when heretics were BURNED at the stake, was that a popular trend. Remember when people were tortured by the church in ways we cannot discuss in polite society, was that a popular trend. Remember when you could be burned at the stake for the heinous crime of reading the bible in ENGLISH rather than Latin, was that a popular trend.
      Apparently the church no longer does these things, the church was FORCED to respect the rights of human beings, if your god was offended at these changes then you need to find another god.
      People like you who are blind, deaf and dumb make me sick...

      March 17, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  10. Jeb

    You don't go to your priest for health care. So why should he be making your health care decisions?

    March 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  11. Jeb

    Health care decisions are between you and your doctor. Not you and your priest.

    March 17, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  12. Tom in San Diego

    I hope everyone here realizes this is a "pure propaganda" piece. The tragedy here is while the young lady has a case for contraception use she is being used as a paun in Obama's masterful ability to Con and redirect their focus....

    The contraception issue is a straw Obama is employeeing in his redirecting the people focus while he dismantles ALL of your freedoms...

    March 17, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • Jeb

      Exactly what "freedoms" is Obama "dismantling" and how?

      March 17, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • kcfq58

      AMEN to that

      March 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • Jeb

      I didn't think I'd get an answer. You can always tell when someone is just parroting talking points.

      March 17, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • John in San Diego

      Obama is dismantling freedoms then why is the GOP trying to take away women's freedoms?? You sir are a hypocrite and you obviously have things backwards.

      March 17, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • GodsPeople

      Oh I don't know Jeb.. the right to due process, the right to protest, the right to be Christian...

      March 17, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • atroy

      Give specifics about this dismantling of which you speak. Your parroting the same broad generalizations put forth by extremist right wingers like Santorum without offering a shred of evidence.

      March 17, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • TK

      just what freedoms is the administration taking away? the one you need to be concern about taking freedom away is these far right religious want to play God folk who want to tell "women" what and how to live.

      the catholic church (male dominated) needs to clean up their act hiding all these priest that abuse children. talk about taking freedom, this is what these priest do.

      March 17, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • Sean

      A lot of people who are claiming their "rights" have been infringed on act like the new law forces people to buy and use contraception.

      March 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • Katie

      The tragedy here is the willful disrespect and intent to blame President Obama for everything happening in this country.

      March 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Obama is taking all of your freedoms? What are you doing online? THEY are watching. It's Saturday, why aren't you at the gun range?

      March 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • Angry Teabagger

      I completely agree. Obama is trying to take away my right as as christian to limit the rights of everyone that doesn't share my beliefs. Obama isn't christian so he cannot understand. He is obviously Muslim, that's why I'm so mad about his close religious relationship with Reverend Wright. He wasn't even born in this country. I know this because there are still a couple of websites that continue to refute the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. I also believe that Obama is solely responsible for the rising gas prices. US oil production is the highest it's been in a decade and still the prices continue to rise, so obviously the only thing to do is DRILL BABY DRILL!! Not to mention how weak Obama is on terrorism. He could have easily killed Bin Laden so swiftly and efficiently that the entire ordeal took less than 40 minutes without a single American casualty, on his first day in office.

      March 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • karen

      Agreed

      March 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • GodPot

      @angry teabagger – Are you sure you are not someone named... Stephen Colbert? Very good post, though i'm not sure if the Christian right will see it for it's sarcasm and will just agree with you on...

      limiting "the rights of everyone that doesn't share my beliefs."
      "refute the overwhelming evidence to the contrary."
      not giving Obama credit for the killing of Bin Laden when their guy had 7 years and ended up by saying "Well, as I say, we haven't heard much from him. And I wouldn't necessarily say he's at the center of any command structure. And, again, I don't know where he is. I - I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him. I know he is on the run. I was concerned about him"

      It doesn't matter how much reality differs from their preconceived notion that they are right about everything and God and republicans can do no wrong. It also doesn't help to have a 24 hr "news" network reinforcing your deluded "feelings" about where this country is and where it should be going. Again, not directed at the "angry teabagger" since I for one can see the tongue in cheek wit you so deftly used.

      March 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
  13. rob

    "Real religious liberty gives everyone the right to make personal decisions, including whether to use birth control, based on our own beliefs." – Sooooooo religious liberty means the ability to make up your own religion?

    March 17, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • Jeb

      All religions are made up.

      March 17, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • Mike

      If you want to then yes that is what religious liberty means.

      March 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • rob

      Whatever, the point is she says she wants to be Catholic but then want to make up her own rules. Your comment is irrelevant.

      March 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • Jeb

      Rob Most Catholics ignore the Church's stance on birth control because it's backward and archaic. If you want to call that making up your own religion then yes, most people do that to one degree or another.

      The Catholic Church is "officially" against child molestation but clearly Catholic priests ignore that all the time.

      March 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • Dreadcor

      Well... yes. After all, this is what the founders of all protestant strains of Christianity essentially did.

      March 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • rob

      Priests don't say "I should be allowed to abuse, religious liberty tells me that" thats idiotic.
      Catholic who use birth control will always be in a opposing position no matter their views on "liberty"

      March 17, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • rob

      @deadcor exactly!! she should join a denomination that allows her to do what she wants!! Should be hard to find.

      March 17, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • TK

      amen

      March 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • elivingston68

      I agree completely with you Rob, too bad there's a few women I know that don't. Not naming names....

      March 17, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • Scholar

      As a matter of fact, yes. To be more specific, one would have to research the relevant income tax codes to determine when a body becomes a church and can register as a church for the purposes of income tax status determination and also qualify for special tax treatment by the local jurisdiction. This is the practical outcome of establishing a religion – getting the government to recognize it formally. Once that is accomplished, then all the rest follows easily.

      The best way to create a new religion is to be a member of an established religion and then have a schism with it to break away and create an offshoot. This is an inheritance of the existing religion's validity under law.

      Of course, one could go the way of Joseph Smith and write a new book of religion based on mythical golden tablets – really bad physics there, as gold is definitely too soft for durable retention of incised text – and gather a number of followers and become notorious.

      There is also the infamous Fred Phelps approach of attending some colleges and getting some credits and setting oneself up as patriarch of his personal family church whose relatives then enjoy lower taxes while creating dissent.

      March 17, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  14. Jeb

    If you can't trust your priest with your children, why would you trust him to make your health care decisions?

    March 17, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • rob

      "Real religious liberty gives everyone the right to make personal decisions, including whether to use birth control, based on our own beliefs." - Sooooooo religious liberty means the ability to make up your own religion???

      March 17, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  15. Larry

    I've been wondering for some time why no one has mentioned religious freedom for the employees of these organizations. Nicely done!

    March 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  16. esvida

    If all people object to Catholic employers' policies quit and if no replacements could be found, the employers would have to reconsider their policies.

    March 17, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • Mack

      I liked Esvida's response but find it out of touch with realityl People who desperately need employment will do or say what they need to in order to obtain or maintain employment. Those of us in the pews (I am Catholic) let these types of dogmas pass through without any consideration of following the same. Hundreds of thousands die in Sub-saharan Africa from Aids and hunger. And, yet, the hierarchy preaches against birth control. Now, that is just totally out of touch with reality or His teachings. Possibly, someday, things will changel

      March 17, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  17. RickyLFerrari

    This could be ideal for someone who nobody wants to cover. It's an opportunity to get coverage subsidized by your fellow American. Learn more about it at "Penny Health" online

    March 17, 2012 at 9:37 am |
    • AGuest9

      Well, here's the problem. Do we just let people die in the streets like the old days? Supposedly, we as a society, are better than that. Insurance companies are responsible to their shareholders. Every business and board of directors is afraid of having to explain to shareholders why they aren't getting huge dividends this quarter. So, they decided that they must cut anyone who they are having to pay out "too much" for. So, if you have a pre-existing medical condition, you're not covered. During the first Clinton term, policy was put in place that insurance companies could not disqualify people for pre-existing conditions. So, the insurance companies passed the "cost" on to all of their members. This back "too expensive" for employers to pay, and unions refused to agree that their members should shoulder a larger portion of the bill, so many companies simply don't cover their employees, or choose such expensive plans, that full-time management-level employees can't afford to ensure their children or spouse, so the children have to be put in CHIP plans, so now the states are going broke, and leaning on the federal government for help, which is borrowing heavily from China.

      March 17, 2012 at 10:07 am |
    • Scholar

      FL GOV Rick Scott was given the boot as CEO of Columbia/HCA, a health insurance company, when it was found the company was defrauding the federal government in Medicaid and Medicare billing. The company paid a fine of $1.7 BILLION to the federal government and paid Scott some $270 MILLION as his golden parachute, from which Scott then paid some $70 MILLION of his loot to buy the office of governor. The health care industry does very well as shown by its former leaders and businessmen. Is Rick Scott the model for all such company CEOs?
      Now, Florida is trying to stamp out fraud in the federal Medicare programs and so on. the governor should know all the tricks, right?

      March 17, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  18. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    March 17, 2012 at 9:36 am |
    • Jesus

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!!!~~~~~

      March 17, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • AGuest9

      Not a thing, just lyin

      March 17, 2012 at 10:08 am |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Proven to stop pregnancies.

      March 17, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • Jesus

      "Proven to stop pregnancies."

      LOL! More lies all you have to do is look at the Christians in prison who's children died because prayer didn't work.

      March 17, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • James Ruston

      Prayer may have some value to the one doing the praying, but it will not stop pregnancies. You have been deluded all your life by people who want to control your behavior.

      March 17, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things
      Proven

      March 17, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • just sayin

      Several of you are responding to one of your own who stole the name. Atheists are such losers

      March 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • Mary

      I will strongly disagree with your statement that prayer can prevent pregnancy, quite the opposite really!

      March 17, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • Jadugara

      Did prayer change THESE things?

      * Remember when heretics were BURNED at the stake, was that a popular trend.
      * Remember when people were tortured by the church in ways we cannot discuss in polite society, was that a popular trend.
      * Remember when you could be burned at the stake for the heinous crime of reading the bible in ENGLISH rather than Latin, was that a popular trend.

      Apparently the church no longer does these things, the church was FORCED to respect the rights of human beings, if your god was offended at these changes then you need to find another god.

      Did prayers chage these heinous crimes committed by the Church?

      I think not...

      March 17, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  19. Reality

    ONLY FOR THE NEWCOMERS:

    For the author of the topic i.e. Anonymous

    Getting to the nitty gritty of the situation:

    The reality of contraception and STD control: (from a guy who practices intelligent se-x)

    Note: Some words hyphenated to defeat an obvious word filter. ...

    The Brutal Effects of Stupidity:

    The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill ( 8.7% failure rate) and male con-dom (17.4% failure rate) have led to the large rate of abortions and S-TDs in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or co-ndoms properly and/or use safer methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.- Failure rate statistics provided by the Gut-tmacher Inst-itute. Unfortunately they do not give the statistics for doubling up i.e. using a combination of the Pill and a condom.

    Added information before making your next move:

    from the CDC-2006

    "Se-xually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. While substantial progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing, and treating certain S-TDs in recent years, CDC estimates that approximately 19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.1 In addition to the physical and psy-ch-ological consequences of S-TDs, these diseases also exact a tremendous economic toll. Direct medical costs as-sociated with STDs in the United States are estimated at up to $14.7 billion annually in 2006 dollars."

    And from:

    Consumer Reports, January, 2012

    "Yes, or-al se-x is se-x, and it can boost cancer risk-

    Here's a crucial message for teens (and all se-xually active "post-teeners": Or-al se-x carries many of the same risks as va-ginal se-x, including human papilloma virus, or HPV. And HPV may now be overtaking tobacco as the leading cause of or-al cancers in America in people under age 50.

    "Adolescents don’t think or-al se-x is something to worry about," said Bonnie Halpern-Felsher professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. "They view it as a way to have intimacy without having 's-ex.'" (It should be called the Bill Clinton Syndrome !!)

    Obviously, political leaders in both parties, Planned Parenthood, parents, the "stupid part of the USA" and the educational system have failed miserably on many fronts.

    March 17, 2012 at 7:43 am |
    • Rolph Eczema

      Are you even remotely surprised to find out that Reality hates sex?

      March 17, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  20. RillyKewl

    What a refreshing response to the War against Women.

    March 17, 2012 at 3:01 am |
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