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Women rally outside Supreme Court for religious liberty


ADELAIDE MENA

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CNA
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Media/Opinion
Date:
3/26/2014

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ABSTRACTWomen rally outside Supreme Court for religious liberty :: 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 Not by Sight 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 rally outside Supreme Court for religious liberty By Adelaide Mena Women chant in the snow in support of religious liberty outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., March 25, 2014. Credit: Addie Mena/CNA. Washington D.C., Mar 26, 2014 / 04:01 am ( CNA/EWTN News ) .- Women supporting employers challenging the government's contraception spoke out in support of a vision of women's equality that supports fertility and women's role as employers, as the case was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday. "All issues are women's issues" said Ashley McGuire of The Catholic Association, quoting an earlier statement by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R- N.H.). "Women are just as entitled to religious liberty as any man, and women have as much of a stake in the outcome of this case as any man." McGuire was speaking at a March 25 demonstration in front of the Supreme Court building, as the high court heard oral arguments for two appeals challenging a mandate issued by the department of Health and Human Services department under the Affordable Care Act. The mandate requires that employers provide and pay for drugs and devices including contraception, sterilization, and some products and procedures that cause early embryo death. Both the Hahn family, the Mennonite owners of Conestoga Wood Specialties, and the Greens, an evangelical Christian family who own and operate the Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby, object to the mandate's requirements that it provide and pay for certain drugs that can kill human persons in their earliest stages of development. While some religious nonprofits and houses of worship have been given an exemption or accommodation by the administration, for-profit businesses have been told they must comply or face fines of up to hundreds of dollars per employee per day. Supporters of the mandate have said that those claiming a religious or conscientious opposition to complying with the mandate are waging a "war on women." McGuire said that this framing of the debate "has been hijacked by an alarming paternalism and sexism." This approach equating an objection to contraceptives and early abortion-causing products as an opposition to women in general speaks "as if women aren't bosses, as if all women think the same way on issues such as contraception and abortion," she said. Meg McDonnell, communications director for Women Speak For Themselves, a women's group supporting opposition to the mandate on religious freedom grounds, challenged that those "who are supporting the HHS Mandate and claim to speak for all women are simply trying to divert attention away from the serious religious liberty issues at stake." “Some of our women agree with the Green and Hahn families’ objections to these drugs, some do not,” McDonnell said. "All of our women agree, however, that businesses with consciences are good for women, good for families, and good for America. No one speaks for all women on these issues. Women speak for themselves." Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, noted that "fully a third of the plaintiffs against the mandate are women-owned businesses," adding that these women business owners "want the opportunity to live out our faith in every sector of our lives." Jeanne Monahan, president of the March for Life, stressed that the challenge to the mandate is not about contraception, but inst.......