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Women say contraception mandate takes jab at motherhood


ADELAIDE MENA

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CNA
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Media/Opinion
Date:
8/3/2013

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ABSTRACTWomen say contraception mandate takes jab at motherhood :: Catholic News Agency (CNA) Editors Service About us Donate Spanish Portuguese Follow us: Loading News Headlines Vatican Americas Asia - Pacific US Europe Middle East - Africa Most Read Most Commented Archive Mandate Resources Abortion Advent Apologetics Benedict XVI Bible Cardinals Catechism Catholic Links Catholic Womanhood Church Fathers Holy Week Life & Family Liturgical Calendar Liturgy Mary Politics Pope Francis Prayers Sacraments Saints Virtue Tools Catholic Podcast RSS Feeds CNA TV CNA Audio Columns A Life Worth Living Answering the Tough Questions Bishops' Corner Book Reviews Both Oars In Catholic & Single Catholic Men Fr. Robert Barron Guest Columnist Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II In Good Company Indispensable Economics Inside the Church during WWII Led Into the Truth Movie Reviews Preparing the way for the Roman Missal – 3rd Edition Russell Shaw The New (& the Old) Evangelization The Spirit of the New Translation The Way of Beauty With Good Reason Your Moment in the Mass Documents Pope Benedict XVI Pope John Paul II Pope Paul VI Pope John XXIII Pope Pius XII Pope Pius XI Pope Pius X Pope Leo XIII Vatican II Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith Pontifical Council for the Family United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Cardinal James Francis Stafford Archbishop Charles J. Chaput Bishop Samuel J. Aquila Catholic Womanhood CNA Blog Home » News » US Women say contraception mandate takes jab at motherhood By Adelaide Mena Women Speak for Themselves rally. Credit: Simon Monk. Washington D.C., Aug 3, 2013 / 04:19 pm ( CNA/EWTN News ) .- Women from around the country gathered in front of the White House on August 1 to protest national policies that are “hostile” to the ideas of family, motherhood and religious liberty. The federal contraception mandate, issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, presents “a very hostile message about whether or not we are welcome as mothers,” explained George Mason University law professor Helen Alvare. She told CNA on August 1 that policies regarding women need to take into account “the fact that a majority of women will become mothers.” Alvare also stressed that “religious freedom is distinctly important to us,” and that the contraception mandate poses a threat to religious liberty. The protesters were part of Women Speak for Themselves, a grassroots movement comprised of an estimated 40,000 women who oppose the contraception mandate on religious freedom grounds. Women from around the country came to the rally, with buses arriving from other states, including Pennsylvania and Delaware, to protest. The controversial mandate requires employers to offer health insurance plans that cover contraceptives, sterilization and some drugs that can cause early abortion. In recent months, the mandate has become the subject of dozens of lawsuits from over 200 plaintiffs arguing that it forces them to violate their deeply-held religious convictions. While houses of worship and their affiliated organizations are not required to provide the coverage, other religious non-profits are subject to a modified version of the regulation, and for-profit companies run by religious individuals receive no protection at all.  Dr. Marguerite Duane, a family practitioner in Washington, D.C., told CNA that “women should not bear the burden” of the medical side effects of contraceptives and abortion, stressing that “it takes two to plan a family.” Under the mandate, she argued, “childbearing is seen as a curse instead of as a gift to society,” and this attitude “does not help women, it harms women.” “The HHS mandate is completely unjust: it goes against women, it goes against good healthcare, and most importantly, it goes against the right to religious freedom.” Gloria Purvis, a pro-life advocate in the African-American community, added that policies relying upon contraception and abortion for women's advancement are “actually demeaning to women, and set “a dangerous precedent.” “When you start to have corporations paying for women to be childless,” Purvis explained, “they will want a return on their investment.”  “There's going to be a tacit requirement that you be childless in the workplace,” she warned. “Forget the glass ceiling - it will be making the womb our biggest obstacle.” “Because we have a society that's hostile to motherhood,” women need to rely upon contraception and abortion for advancement in society, Purvis observed. But this understanding fails to recognize motherhood as a state in life compatible with the work place, “taking away those options for us.” “We need to have a different approach in recognizing that family is not the enemy of progress,&r.......