Skip to main content

It's a Red Letter Day, it is. Given the current War on Women, when you have an organization of nuns stand up for reproductive choice, it's an encouraging sign of the times. Reverend Debra Haffner started a petition with the NCAN (National Coalition of American Nuns) in support of equal rights for women under the Affordable Care Act. The petition states:
As people of faith, we stand with the Sisters as they speak out for family planning services and real religious freedom. We join them in asking the Supreme Court to protect women's access to basic health care and contraception when they hear two cases this March.

Why is this important?

These nuns need you. A few weeks ago, Sister Donna Quinn of the National Coalition of American Nuns (NCAN) asked me to help spread the word that their coalition of more than 2000 Roman Catholic sisters has endorsed providing birth control through the Affordable Care Act. Because of their faith, they believe “that women should not be singled out by any organization or group through its refusal to insure a woman’s reproductive needs.”

The nuns are bravely speaking out just as those on the right want us to believe that birth control use is immoral. In just a few weeks, the Supreme Court will be hearing two cases where company owners who don’t support contraception personally are denying their employees insurance coverage for birth control as mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The lawyers for these corporations (one of which is Hobby Lobby) go so far as to call birth control use sinful and immoral. To make it worse, the owners are claiming that including contraceptives in health care violates their company’s religious freedom.

Sister Donna and the nuns at NCAN know differently, and they're bravely standing up to their hierarchy. But they need us to stand with them -- to say that as people of faith we support universal access to contraception.

We believe women should be able to make personal decisions about their families, their bodies, their sexuality, and their health – not their employers. And we want to make clear that the sin is not a person using birth control. The sin is denying women the right and the means to plan their families. Indeed, it is precisely because life is sacred that we support the intentional and moral use of contraception.

We know that religious freedom means that each person has the right to exercise their own religious beliefs; religious freedom cannot mean that an individual or a corporation gets to impose their religious beliefs on their employees.

Please join us and take a faith-filled stand with the nuns for women, birth control, and real religious freedom.

Please open this Link to sign the petition.
Now some might say, "Well, this does not mean these nuns are pro-abortion." That would be correct - and yet, I've never seen 'have an abortion' on anyone's bucket list to date. This is about choice. What women demand is the right to be the sole, legal, and binding decision-makers of their own bodies, lives, and future -- and for those rights to be upheld under all laws, including the Affordable Care Act. It's that simple.

So, yes - NCAN is a welcome and appreciated ally for women's rights. This is not their first rodeo. They are a very pro-active organization. Tell it Sisters!
 

Originally posted to Leslie Salzillo on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 09:31 PM PDT.

Also republished by Hellraisers Journal, Feminism, Pro-Feminism, Womanism: Feminist Issues, Ideas, & Activism, Pro Choice, and Sluts.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

bink, Mimikatz, Sylv, TXdem, Bill in Portland Maine, Radiowalla, grollen, latts, Pandora, TrueBlueMajority, Powered Grace, Emerson, Shockwave, mslat27, eeff, Ahianne, jancw, dpeifer1949, Babsnc, whenwego, CoolOnion, johanus, liberte, whyvee, papercut, lcrp, WisVoter, poemworld, oortdust, Gowrie Gal, radarlady, klamothe, Chinton, sc kitty, one of 8, dewtx, stagemom, Gary Norton, ratzo, Sun Tzu, Ice Blue, bjedward, brentut5, wbr, aurora in canada, martini, myboo, tobendaro, Themistoclea, Prognosticator, uniqity, real world chick, IL clb, Unknown Quantity, sea note, Pandoras Box, The Knute, Sapere aude, FlamingoGrrl, marykk, camlbacker, offgrid, karmsy, deepeco, OIL GUY, thankgodforairamerica, ChocolateChris, Involuntary Exile, Fe Bongolan, alasmoses, jamess, Calamity Jean, TomFromNJ, Jeff Y, TexanJane, BYw, sydneyluv, woodtick, maggiejean, Rhysling, J M F, bleuet, LinSea, Carol in San Antonio, dskoe, bfitzinAR, Denise Oliver Velez, ArthurPoet, joe from Lowell, mamamorgaine, Mokurai, samanthab, pixxer, addisnana, Patate, Oh Mary Oh, Onomastic, mama jo, I love OCD, Dretutz, StateofEuphoria, nervousnellie, BillyElliott, California06, thomask, Santa Susanna Kid, wintergreen8694, jham710, Regina in a Sears Kit House, SouthernLiberalinMD, Mortifyd, livingthedream, Pinto Pony, sow hat, ahumbleopinion, SilverWillow, Eric Nelson, a2nite, FloridaSNMOM, Columba, LittleSilver, jan4insight, Arahahex, MartyM, aznavy, avsp, arizonablue, ShoshannaD, UnionMade, jusjtim35, The grouch, newinfluence, JayRaye, SanFernandoValleyMom, weck, evd, ggfkate, knitwithpurpose, Jollie Ollie Orange, howabout, GreenMother, Smoh, solarbay, BadKitties, ET3117, duhban, oslyn7, LeftieIndie, hamjudo, Dodgerdog1, Elizaveta, Penny GC, VPofKarma, Skyye, cjtjc, AJayne, irocdk, Cynthia Hobgood Strauss, BMScott, Libby De, cynthiabaker

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site