(NY Times) Ruling on Contraception Draws Battle Lines at Catholic Colleges

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Bridgette Dunlap, a Fordham University law student, knew that the school’s health plan had to pay for birth control pills, in keeping with New York state law. What she did not find out until she was in an examining room, “in the paper dress,” was that the student health service — in keeping with Roman Catholic tenets — would simply refuse to prescribe them.

As a result, students have had to go to Planned Parenthood or private doctors to get prescriptions. Some, unable to afford the doctor visits, gave up birth control pills entirely. In November, Ms. Dunlap, 31, who was raised a Catholic and was educated at parochial schools, organized a one-day, off-campus clinic staffed by volunteer doctors who wrote prescriptions for dozens of women.

Many Catholic colleges decline to prescribe or cover birth control, citing religious reasons. Now they are under pressure to change. This month the Obama administration, citing the medical case for birth control, made a politically charged decision that the new health care law requires insurance plans at Catholic institutions to cover birth control without co-payments for employees, and that may be extended to students. But Catholic organizations are resisting the rule, saying it would force them to violate their beliefs and finance behavior that betrays Catholic teachings.

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Posted January 30, 2012 at 8:25 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Yebonoma wrote:

Guess we’ll see how many divisions the Pope has!  I have a picture in my mind of Catholics and other pro-life supporters locking arms at a sit-in on Capitol Hill singing “We Shall Overcome” while Obama and Holder give the order to have them shackled and taken to jail.  As I’ve said before “Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Obama.”  I don’t know how much more hope and change I can take.

January 30, 3:54 pm | [comment link]
2. FrCarl wrote:

I am pleased that the RCs have finally begun to understand that the current Administration will NOT accommodate religious conscience if it thwarts their agenda.  It is a shame (sin?) that so matter of the mainlines (sidelines?) are missing in action on this crucial principle.

January 30, 4:39 pm | [comment link]
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