Nancy Keenan scolds E. J. Dionne for not pandering enough to women in his column last week on the Department of Health and Human Services and some of our conscience hang-ups. (See George Weigel for a not-to-be-missed response to the same column, by the way.)
The president of NARAL Pro-Choice America writes in a letter titled by the Washington Post “Bad Deal for Catholic Women”:
Here is what the so-called “compromise” that the bishops want would mean: Millions of women who work as nurses,
administrative staffers, janitors and professors will lose out on the promise of insurance coverage of birth control. Keep in mind, even the vast majority of Catholic women use contraception, underscoring how out of touch the bishops are.
The argument then is: You’re not allowed to stand for something. I know we all need jobs, but these women are choosing to work at a Catholic institution, which presumably does just that. And if they don’t they aren’t St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital anymore (right, Phoenix?).
Thanks, though, for helping further elucidate what exactly you do mean with all this war on women stuff.