According to liberal feminists like Nancy Pelosi and Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards, opposition to the Health and Human Services mandate forcing religious employees to cover contraceptive services amounts to a misogynistic “war on women.” The media is often all too willing to repeat this opinion as being representative of the female population at large, but is this what the majority of American women really think, themselves?
Last month a CBS/New York Times poll revealed that a majority of women (46 to 44 percent) think that employers should be allowed to opt-out of birth control coverage in their health-care plans based on religious or moral objections. When asked about religious affiliated employers, approval for opting out of birth control coverage jumped to a 15-point margin, 53-38 percent.
Giving voice to these shared concerns is the “Women Speak for Themselves” campaign initiated by Helen M. Alvaré JD, associate law professor at George Mason University and Kim Daniels, former counsel to the Thomas More Law Center. Women Speak for Themselves is an open letter to President Obama, Secretary Sebelius and members of Congress telling them, “Don’t claim to speak for all women.” “We are women who support the competing voice offered by Catholic institutions on matters of sex, marriage and family life,” the letter reads, and so far it has been signed by over 25,000 women.
“No one speaks for all women on these issues,” the letter goes on to say. “Those who purport to do so are simply attempting to deflect attention from the serious religious liberty issues currently at stake.”
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