And loathe as I am to admit it, all the studies in the world demonstrating that emergency contraception works not by preventing implantation but by preventing ovulation and therefore fertilization might not hold sway in court.
Given that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and organizations like the Catholic Health Association play a critical role in American politics, the question becomes: for how much longer are we going to permit religion to have a priority place in our political discourse over the health and safety of American women?
Tomorrow, the House will vote on the “Protect Life Act,” an unprecedented bill that would allow hospitals to let women die at their doorsteps.
The payoff for getting into debates with today’s Catholic hierarchy seems pretty low.
A group representing America’s Catholic hospitals announced last week it would support the Senate health care bill, breaking rank with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.