Catholic Nuns Support Obamacare Birth Control Mandate [Lady Bits]

In a surprising announcement, The National Coalition of American Nuns has said it supports women’s right to access free birth control under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. This declaration comes as the Supreme Court prepares to hear the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cases, in which those companies are arguing that religious freedom should make them exempt from offering their employees health plans that cover birth control.
While those two companies are run by evangelical Christians and Mennonites, the opposition to the Obamacare birth control mandate has largely been led by Catholic bishops. Catholic organizations like Little Sisters of the Poor are currently challenging the mandate in lower courts. And yet, 82% of Catholics say they think birth control is morally acceptable. Finally, some sisters (see what I did there?) are standing up to say that women’s access to basic preventative health care has nothing to do with religion.
“NCAN is dismayed that the Little Sisters of the Poor, the University of Notre Dame and other Catholic organizations are challenging the Affordable Care Act. Spurred on by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops these organizations are attempting to hold hostage all women by refusing insurance to them for contraceptives,” said the nuns in their statement.
Sister Donna Quinn, the head of the organization, told Religion Dispatches:
“This has gotten out of hand. It isn’t ‘faith and freedom’ when reproductive autonomy isn’t extended by the Catholic Church to women. Now we have other Christian religions seeing what the bishops are doing and saying we will do likewise. It isn’t freedom when a woman can be held hostage by the owner of a business.”
“When I saw the brave stand these nuns were taking on the mandate, I started to think about what we could do to amplify their voices. So we launched a social media campaign asking people to ‘Stand with the Nuns,'” said Rev. Debra Haffner of the Religious Institute, who is helping the nuns coordinate their effort. “We really need to counter the idea that faith is opposed to family planning. All too often the media only shows a Catholic bishop to offer the faith perspective. More than 14 major religious denominations have statements supporting birth control and birth control access. People need to understand that this is not only an affront to women’s moral agency but opens the door to denying a whole range of services, from other kinds of reproductive health care to services to LGBT people.”
All I have to say is, yes, sisters.

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