The author of the following Op-Ed is the Reverend Debra Haffner, President of the Religious Institute. Please note that the Institute’s Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice and Healing contains the following passage:
God hears the cries of those who suffer from the failure of religious communities to address sexuality. We are called today to see, hear and respond to the suffering caused by sexual abuse and violence against women and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons, the HIV pandemic, unsustainable population growth and over-consumption, and the commercial exploitation of sexuality.
Diverse Religious Leaders Affirm Contraceptive Access as ‘Moral Imperative’
There is a picture I’ve seen on the Internet of an elderly woman holding a sign that says, “I can’t believe I’m still protesting for birth control.” As a woman who came of age in the 1970s era of easy birth control availability, neither can I. Surely, almost 50 years since the Griswold decision, I never would have predicted that contraception would once again be controversial.
After all, nine-in-10 heterosexually active women use family planning, nine-in-10 Americans believe that birth control use is morally acceptable, and three quarters of voters in 2012 agree that “we should do everything we can to make sure that people who want to use prescription birth control have affordable access to it.”
Yet, during the past two years, there have been efforts to pass so called “Personhood Amendments” that would criminalize hormonal methods of birth control, the federal government almost closed down because of an attempt to defund Planned Parenthood, and contraceptive coverage in health care reform is being challenged by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, calling its inclusion as a preventive health service an attack on their “religious liberty.” Given these efforts, coupled with increased restrictions on abortion and politicians’ ridiculous statements on how pregnancy does and doesn’t occur, the idea that there is a new “war on women” seems all too believable.
Please see here for the full Op-Ed: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-debra-haffner/diverse-religious-leaders-affirm-contraceptive-access-as-moral-imperative_b_1878553.html
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