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U.S. Bishops’ 15-Year Battle for “Conscience” and Against Contraception

posted on January 24, 2014

At Religion Dispatches, Patricia Miller analyzes what a “long-term, strategic battle the quest for ‘religious freedom’—the freedom to not provide birth control — has been for the U.S. Catholic hierarchy.” She writes, “The ultimate goal of this narrative is to re-marginalize contraception, much as abortion has been marginalized and segregated from the continuum of women’s health care. Just like in the mid-twentieth century, the bishops seek to ensure that only relatively well off women who can afford to buy it privately can get birth control. Everyone else will just have to pray they don’t get pregnant.”

Read at Religion Dispatches