Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Epicaricacy post

It has been a long time since I've heard from my Google Alerts related to epicaricacy. It's not much, but here is a post about it on a forum.

On another front, I have a comment about all the hullabaloo about birth control being paid for by religious organizations. Here is my take. First of all, I have worked for two major catholic universities; DePaul and Loyola. The latter is a big medical center as well. Both of them provided birth control for their employees through their health insurance. Therefore, I suspect that many Catholic organizations already do this, and this discussion is a political one, for the likes of people like Rush. By the way, I heard he lost more than 100 advertisers. Good for them!

Secondly, let's say that I, as Jewish woman, work for a Catholic university that does not provide birth control through their health insurance. Would that be their choice? I suppose. However, only if they don't take any tax money from the federal government. Were they wholly for-profit institutions, I'd support that. But...Catholic hospitals and universities get a lot of federal funding in one way or another. First, they have large buildings on a lot of land where they don't pay property tax. Can you imagine the bill for Loyola's lakeshore campus that has a lot of land/buildings right on the lake? Secondly, surely Loyola takes federal funding for their students. The medical center takes money from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid. Lots of money! So, if they want their choice not to pay for birth control pills, then they don't have the right to take taxpayer's money. You cannot have it both ways.

Thirdly, why has no one brought up the whole Viagra situation? Did you know that most of these so-called "religious" organizations do pay for Viagra type products, but want to avoid paying for birth control. Does anyone besides me see the irony in this?

I have never heard any of these arguments. Why not?


seanahan said...

I think the distinction among Catholics themselves is pretty stark. The Jesuits (Loyala is a Jesuit school), for example, have been offering birth control for years. Polls show a substantial majority of Catholics themselves are pro-birth control, as are a majority of Americans.

The Viagra point was brought up repeatedly by Jon Stewart, but was not widely mentioned in the congressional hearings or news stories.

I feel very strongly about this issue that denying birth control is an immoral act, and given that overpopulation is a real problem in this world, it seems insane to me that anyone would.

Kalleh said...

Ah, so good to see you, Sean! We miss you on Wordcraft.

The other discrepancy is that pro-lifers often are in favor of capital punishment. How can that be?

Well, don't worry too much about denying birth control because I think most Catholic organizations do provide birth control to their employees, Catholics and non-Catholics. This issue is merely political.