Catholic men of America — and all conservatives who support them — you’re not going to win this debate. You are not going to deprive American women of the benefits of 21st Century science, medicine, and law. You are not going to inject your archaic religious beliefs into American jurisprudence and drag women back into the Dark Ages.
We know about birth control and contraception and family planning and reproductive health. We know about unwanted children, poverty-stricken unwed mothers, irresponsible fathers, ectopic pregnancies, STDs, HIV/AIDS, and a variety of “female conditions,” and we know there are ways to avoid, prevent, or cure them. We know we don’t have to bear and give birth to the results of rape or incest. We know we don’t have to remain “barefoot and pregnant” during our most productive years, serving as mere baby factories for our men. We know we can plan our families and engage in fulfilling lives and careers outside the home if we wish. We won’t go back to the days before we had these options.
You would return America’s women to the era of coat-hanger abortions just so you can crow about how saintly you are!? What about those who don’t share your beliefs? What about the separation of church and state? What about “Christian” charity and kindness and love for your fellow man and woman? What about respect for others?
It’s no wonder the Catholic Church is losing its grip in America. It’s no wonder the GOP is becoming marginalized. When raw power is the only goal, when sheer dominance is the only objective, when illegally imposing antiquated irrelevant religious beliefs on the majority is the sole purpose of proposed legislation, you will fail. This is America. We are a democracy. We have a constitutional right to freedom of (and by implication, from) religion. We have a solid wall between church and state.
This is not a discussion about contraceptives. This is not a discussion about insurance, or who pays for what. This is not about a “war on religion.” This is about an attack on the rights of half the U.S. population. This is an all-out war on women.
So take your religious beliefs back to your own pews and churches and keep them there. They do not belong in any legislation in the United States of America.
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