The Catholic War on Women

By: Sunday May 18, 2014 7:00 am

Discussed: Abortion, Pope Francis, Patriarchy, Does the choice movement need an “it gets better” campaign to empower women to not hide/ apologize about their abortions?, Roe v. Wade, Clinic defenders, Abortion stories, How the Bible teaches women to abort unwanted pregnancy, Bad Choices, Being a target of a pro-life “wanted” poster, Abortion as a local issue, Single women who love sex and don’t want babies.

 

GOP Still Doesn’t Know How Birth Control Works

By: Friday January 24, 2014 11:15 am

Mike Huckabee’s discussion of the female libido, how it works or doesn’t work, is also disturbing. And his attempt to claim Democrats lack respect for female self-control due to advancing policies that allow for assistance with obtaining birth control is ignorant.

The Bishops v. Birth Control: It’s Not About the Money

By: Tuesday July 16, 2013 1:00 pm

In announcing its final rule concerning the Affordable Care Act’s guarantee of access to birth control without a co-pay for all American women—including the Catholics and non-Catholics who work in religiously sponsored schools, hospitals, and social service agencies—the Obama administration bent over backwards to accommodate the Church’s concerns.

Silencing Debate on Women’s Lives: It’s Happening in Wisconsin, Too, and the Catholic Church Is an Accomplice

By: Wednesday June 26, 2013 3:40 pm

Teaching children to understand and cope with bullies is essential, but bullying isn’t limited to elementary school. Bullying may not be physical or direct. It is persistent, intimidating, and it flourishes when victims and witnesses are afraid to speak up or speak out. It is time to identify reproductive coercion for what it is and call the bullies what they are.

Bishops Tap Veteran of Islamophobic, Homophobic Legal Shop as Top Flack

By: Wednesday May 8, 2013 8:30 am

Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times. — Niccolo Machiavelli

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan is part of a dangerous reframing of “religious liberty.” At a gathering of Catholics in his archdiocese last year, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the archbishop of New York, uttered a strategic point that would have done Machiavelli proud. The bishops, he said, are perhaps not the church’s best messengers.

Administration Again Fails on Over-the-Counter Emergency Contraception

By: Wednesday May 1, 2013 6:49 pm

Update: The Justice Department filed suit to block Judge Korman’s ruling.

In a proposal that can best be described as adding insult to injury, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved making emergency contraception (EC) available over-the-counter for teens and women ages 15 and up. This convoluted proposal from the Obama administration comes despite a court order in early April by U.S. District Court Judge Edward R. Korman to make EC available over-the-counter to all ages within 30 days of his decision.

The Bishops’ Lawsuit: A Colossal and Purposeful Drain on Public Funds

By: Tuesday April 30, 2013 2:00 pm

This week, the government filed an emergency motion in the New York Archdiocese’s lawsuit against the contraceptive coverage mandate, requesting that the court halt proceedings and dismiss the case. The emergency is that the government is hemorrhaging money defending a regulation it will never enforce against the Archdiocese.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Sarah Erdreich, Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement

By: Saturday March 9, 2013 1:59 pm

Sarah Erdreich’s Generation Roe is a crisp, well-written, thorough exploration of abortion through the reality of women’s lives. Erdreich dives into everything from “abortion-recovery counseling” and “crisis pregnancy centers,” to the infamous race baiting anti-choice “black children are an endangered species” billboards. Generation Roe tells the stories of people who work in the field of reproductive health despite threats of violence and Erdreich explores how the stigma placed on abortion fuels those threats. In Generation Roe, Sarah Erdreich also outlines the legislative battlefields across the country and delves into mistakes and missteps pro-choice activists have made along the way.

For It Before They Were Against It: Catholic Universities and Birth Control

By: Thursday February 14, 2013 6:58 pm

If you weren’t eagerly checking the bishops’ blog for their feelings on your health insurance, you may not have known last week was Catholic Schools Week! I generally don’t participate in the bishops’ weeks (or fortnights), but I think this is an ideal moment to highlight the proud history of advocacy for contraceptive access at Catholic-affiliated Universities — which is relevant to all those lawsuits that won’t be going away now that His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan has spoken.

We begin at Notre Dame in 1966.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Leigh Ann Wheeler, How Sex Became a Civil Liberty

By: Sunday January 13, 2013 1:59 pm

Do you believe that the government should stay out of your private sex life? Let me guess… What I love about How Sex Became a Civil Liberty, by Leigh Ann Wheeler, is how she forces us to reexamine our assumptions.

Wheeler, a historian at Binghamton University and the co-editor of the Journal of Women’s History, sets out to unearth the history of a phenomenon most of us probably see as natural—that we possess, in Wheeler’s apt phrase, “sexual civil liberties.”

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