The decision released Tuesday is a strong endorsement of the Obama administration’s accommodation process for religiously affiliated nonprofits that object to providing contraception in health-care plans.
It is now clear that no “compromise” short of freeing all health plans from any regulation whatsoever having to do with contraception will placate fundamentalist Catholic groups. But with the Notre Dame appeal also comes evidence that the costs of these suits to Catholic universities is rising.
Did you know that from the sixties through the nineties, clergy and faculty at Notre Dame, Georgetown, and other Catholic-affiliated universities lobbied for coverage of birth control? And argued for the moral imperative of providing coverage for contraception… even on campus?
What do you get when you combine a pro-choice public figure with a Catholic University, hyper-masculinity and anti-
intellectualism? Prime material for the anti-choice movement.
One of President Obama’s key common ground proposals focuses on making adoption more accessible. But what does that mean? And how do reproductive health and justice advocates work towards accomplishing the goal?
The real moral challenge we face is how to ensure access to the means to prevent unintended pregnancies – specifically comprehensive sexuality education, universal access to contraceptive services, including emergency contraception, and education and employment opportunities for young women.
Protesters at Notre Dame fear that President Obama will use his commencement speech to “co-opt” the Catholic vote and promote his “extreme views on abortion.” No need for either: the vast majority of Catholics already agree with him.