Since 2010, Sean Fieler, a New Jersey-based hedge fund manager and fervent Catholic, has personally contributed nearly $18 million to political candidates and causes that align with his anti-choice, anti-LGBT, and pro-theocracy views, according to an analysis of tax filings and campaign finance records by RH Reality Check.
All people deserve access to the information and resources they need to make informed decisions about their own health, including students at a Catholic university.
Sure, a bunch of Catholic leaders are making a lot of noise about Obama requiring Catholic hospitals and universities to refrain from discriminating against their female employees. But that doesn’t mean American Catholics agree.
The right of individuals to act on their religious beliefs should trump the right of institutions to enforce theirs on individuals. Introducing financial pressure on women to avoid contraception by refusing to cover birth control should be considered a form of religious discrimination.
Catholics are assimilated into American culture, and Americans have an unequivocal relationship with contraception: we want it, we need it, we use it.