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Sunday, February 05, 2012

Contraception Coverage - One Roman Catholic Woman's Response

This blog is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

It's an accurate report of what I know to be true.

1.  In the Roman Catholic Church, family planning is supported, albeit with natural methodology.
2.  Although artificial contraception is an interference with nature, there are times when this protection against natural intervention has been allowed, as in these true examples:
       a.  In Rwanda, on the African continent, Roman Catholic religious women took birth control pills to protect them against the horror of random rapes perpetrated by evil warriors.
        b.  I have been in therapeutic Roman Catholic supported group homes where young, single mothers, with babies, who were residents, were directed to take birth control pills if they were permitted to spend weekends off the premises with their families and boyfriends.
        c.  The Vatican supports the use of condoms, at least in Africa, for the prevention, and spread of HIV, AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Although the above three examples are extraordinary situations, they are a recognition of the knowledge God has given us to understand how to use biological pharmaceuticals to protect women from the unintended consequences of an unwanted or forced pregnancy; or, to protect people from being exposed to sexually transmitted diseases which shorten life.

Roman Catholic institutions, including social service agencies and the administration, don't want to violate Church teaching on use of natural family planning by a mandate to cover artificial contraception in health insurance plans. Therefore, they have taken the position of being opposed to a mandate to require health insurance programs, provided for their female church or agency employees, to pay for contraception.

Perhaps, Roman Catholic institutions can self insure to avoid paying for a contraception mandate.

Needless to say, young women of child bearing age who currently work for Church institutions are likely paying privately for contraception, with money earned in their salaries. So, however you look at it, either through insurance or salaries, the Church is paying for contraception when a woman chooses to use it.

But, for the Church to claim the mandated inclusion is an infringement on the law of "separation of church and state", when, in fact, it has allowed for the use of contraception in certain situations, in my opinion, is hypocritical. And that's the truth as I see it.



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