• amie-newman

    It is, simply put, because of people like you that change happens. Your willingness to stand up for what you know is right is commendable but it’s also incredibly brave. I appreciate it, as a woman, and I know that others – even if they did not leave the school or speak up – will be changed in heart and mind because of your actions. 

    It is great news that the school was found to be in violation of the EEOC rules and I hope it’s upheld. Considering the school acts as a landlord for the local Wal-Mart and seems to have NO problem profiting off of birth control sales, and that the school receives state funding, the claims by students and employees that the federal government should not step in because of some perceived notion of a "separation of church and state" is not only ridiculous, it’s completely wrong. 

    Thanks again for writing the post and thanks to Stuart Productions for the excellent video!

    Amie Newman

    Managing Editor, RH Reality Check

  • kate-ranieri

    I think the fellow on the video who stated that people are afraid is likely quite correct. My experiences with many Catholic hierarchies points to just how rabid their dogma is when it concerns women. This college’s feckless decision is a prime example. I’d suggest that the Stupak-Pitts amendment was driven by the Council of Catholic Bishops.

  • kate-ranieri

    It appears that the Republican National Committee’s insurance company, Cigna, has provided abortion coverage since 1991. According to the RNC chair, Michael Steele, that option is being pulled. Once again, men making decisions about women and their reproductive health care. Makes my blood boil!

  • grayduck

    How does the policy discriminate against women? Does it not apply to vasectomies? Has the college specifically stated that the purpose is to discriminate against women?


    "Nobody ever tried to force me to accept their practices before Belmont Abbey."


    How does the policy force their practices on you? Would contraceptive providers not sell you contraceptives outside of the college plan? Is my employer discriminating against me by not paying for my recreational activities?


  • sychev

    “Forcing us to abide by a Catholic approved health plan makes no more sense than prohibiting a Catholic plumber from eating a pork sandwich for lunch if he works at a Jewish hospital.”??????

    I don’t think so! A better analogy would be forcing Jewish hospital to pay for your pork sandwich. College is not prohibing anyone from getting birth control, they just don’t want to pay for it.

    Also, just because only 10% of Catholics reject birth control, doesn’t mean the Catholic teaching is invalid and should be ignored. I’m sure, not too long ago, majority of white people in the South did not agree with the law to end segregation.

    Of course, if college accepted federal $$, they better make sure they follow ALL the conditions that come with it.

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