Cardinal Dolan Praises Hobby Lobby, Says Women Can Just Go to 7-Eleven for Access to Health Care

cardinal-dolanThese people who are up in arms over the fact that laws now require health care plans to offer contraceptive coverage just don’t get it.  Sure, some of that coverage will be used to prevent unplanned pregnancies that result from sexual activity.  But in their obsession over the sex lives of strangers, these people willfully fail to understand that millions of women use birth control for health reasons, as prescribed by a doctor – not because they’re necessarily sexually active.

For me, it all goes back to the ignorance these people show toward science.  It’s not about facts, science or health, it’s about their rhetoric and what they want to believe over what reality actually tells us.

It’s a belief that Cardinal Dolan proudly showed off as he boasted about the efforts by Hobby Lobby to deny women basic health coverage while insisting that women could simply go to 7-Eleven to get contraceptives.

Dolan said:

“I would be inspired by the Hobby Lobby.  I think they’re just true Americans.  They’re saying, look, the genius of America is that religious convictions affect the way we act.

Is the ability to buy contraceptives, that are now widely available, my Lord, all you have to do is walk into a 7-Eleven or any shop on any street in America and have access to them.  Is that right to access those and have them paid for, is that such a towering good that it would suffocate the rights of conscience?”

And again, his comments completely refer to sex rather than women’s health.  Because you can’t stroll into a 7-Eleven and buy all forms of birth control.  You can buy condoms, but those obviously don’t cover the women’s health issues that certain forms of birth control get prescribed for.

For Cardinal Dolan, as well as most people who support Hobby Lobby’s push to deny women basic health coverage, it all revolves around the sexual activity of strangers rather than health care access for women.

It’s especially ironic considering these are the same people who rally so fiercely against abortion, yet their efforts to restrict access to contraceptives will undoubtedly lead to more unplanned pregnancies.  And, as we all know, unplanned pregnancies are the leading reason why someone might have an abortion.

Nothing quite like exacerbating one problem because of your dimwitted stance on another.

But Dolan’s remarks just highlight the total ignorance many on the far right have about women’s health.  While millions of women rely on things like birth control to maintain their health, these religious fanatics can’t seem to overcome their obsession with the sex lives of strangers.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • maryinbama


  • mavrick

    I am sure if it was about a little boys he would be interested in it

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      now that’s not very nice!!!
      highly accurate,,,,,,,,
      …………………………. totally historic:
      ********************************************** and delightfully modern day!!
      ,,,,,,,,,,but NOT very nice ! :))

  • Jenny

    ‘the genius of America is that religious convictions affect the way we act.’ Umm – No sir – you are incorrect. As is your whole idea of birth control and its availability – shmuck.

    • Mia

      It is true though. Birth control is used to help women stay healthy. It is also available to those who can afford it or through Planned Parenthood, which makes it widely available. Those who are religious fanatics tend to view it as a sin, since they think it promotes the right to unsafe sex. Yet if women get unhealthy for whatever the reason, or if they have an unplanned pregnancy, it’s their fault because they didn’t follow the religious guidelines. It’s a twisted and corrupted loop. So what this gentleman said is absolutely correct in my opinion.

      • Jenny

        Going to the doctor for an exam and a prescription is not the same as running to the corner store for milk, additionally, there are no where near as many Planned Parenthood facilities as 7-11’s – so, agree with him all you like – you’re both wrong.

      • dlion

        no they are trying to close all the planned parenthood clinics… even tho abortion is a very small part of what they do. And, it is very expensive to go to PP to get contraception, it requires a doctors appt first… they won’t want to cover that either.. it is sickening really.

      • Cemetery Girl

        It is a woman’s fault if she is born with a family history of “female problems”? I had a problem similar to endometriosis, except I had the uterine lining invades the uterine muscles instead of growing outside of the uterus. On top of this fun I had fibriods. My grandmother experienced the same symptoms that I had from my primary issue: extra heavy bleeding and cramping so severe it impeded basic functioning as a person (aka, curled up in pain so bad that walking normally is impossible.) Mind you, was an issue I had from my first cycle, before I could have done any “dirty” activities to deserve it (unless you count thinking a boy in class is cute and never having the nerve to tell anyone but a best friend.) Fibriods can develop after multiple pregnancies, which I’ve had 6. (I have living children and a couple of miscarriages.) Both problems were typical ally treated at first with birth control pills. Actually, even after a miscarriage birth control pills are recommended to help get the body back on a regular cycle and to avoid an immediate pregnancy (because until the body completely recovers, a couple of months, another miscarriage is much more likely if the woman gets pregnant.) I don’t need to worry about anyone deciding that I shouldn’t be allowed access to birth control pills because as a female it is my duty to suffer with reproductive problems. I had a hysterectomy, so that hassle is over and I’ve avoided my increased risk of uterine cancer. I have a daughter though, and I know in 10 years she can begin facing all of this. I’ll be darned if anyone is going to tell her that just because she was born female she deserves “female problems” and doesn’t deserve basic treatments.

      • MLR

        It is not true that birth control is widely available through Planned Parenthood if there’s no Planned Parenthood where you live in the first place. I live in Texas and all the Planned Parenthoods in my town closed down several years ago. Not only are there no more Planned Parenthoods where I live but if you’re a woman who can no longer have children you are not eligible for reduced rates for basic stuff like pap smears and probably mammograms, that you would otherwise qualify for if you could have children. I say this from personal experience, however, this happened to me several years ago.

      • Patricia Robertson

        Mia either you don’t have children or you didn’t learn a thing in school because anyone with common sense these days knows that certain run in people families. On top of that women have more problem than men does because our bodies are built different and is meant to do different things at different stages in our lives and sometimes it does happen that way or something goes wrong. Some women needs birth control in early years to help with the control of the pains of cramping of the periods that experiencing and other things that goes along with that other medications might be able to control. Sometime women in their later years are put on birth control pills for total different reason half the time they may not know they are birth control pills unless the dr tell them. Then there are who are not ready for children, or who have already have children and don’t want anymore for a while or not anymore, so they need something to help them to keep from having children. Not to keep bringing unwanted children into this world is important for every parent to think about and it is being responsible person. Now we all know how everyone is suppose to be against abortions then what other way can you be against something is to make sure it doesn’t happen. When you don’t teach and help people to learn about planned parent hood , sex education, disease, birth control methods of all kinds and teach your teach about sex you will continue to see underage teen pregna

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      actually he is somewhat correct!!
      shall we look at the damage religion has caused throughout mans history??

  • Nic Valle

    A pig in robes

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      and a beanie

  • User name

    Tell me geniuses.. what % of birth control pills are prescribed for health purposes? Allen Clifton is obviously as ignorant about why there is opposition to ALL types of birth control being covered by tax payer dollars as he tries to make conservatives out to be. The rest of you only know what the lame stream media tells you. Gotta hand it to you all on your ability to learn the talking points.

    • nwbennu

      It could be as little as .01 percent, and it would still be neither yours, nor anybody else’s business why they are taking any kind of prescription medication. Would you like to have to justify to complete strangers, your boss, or anyone else besides your family physician why you take a medication?

    • Jenny

      Every $1.00 invested in helping women avoid pregnancies they did not want to have saved $5.68. That $5.68 represents only the pregnancy and birth… Think about it.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        to quote “saint” Ronald Reagan
        ………………” there U go again………….” ————————————————— annoying regressives with facts

    • Cemetery Girl

      Please, explain to a woman that has endometriosis or fibroids or any of the other problems that birth control pills are used for, explain to those women how they don’t deserve to have less pain and bleeding. Why shouldn’t they bleed heavily which induces anemia? Cramping so hard that the pain is felt through the back and down the legs, is so severe she vomits, just walk it off, right? Why should it be a question of how many women use birth control to manage health problems? If there was a pill men could take and it not only decreased the odds of prostate cancer (or other related problems), but it also prevented pregnancy would this be a question? I doubt it. It’s a matter of men’s health, and it wouldn’t matter how many used the pills for health as opposed to avoiding pregnancy. True, birth control pills don’t quite fit that example, but they absolutely can make a difference in health.

      • Guest

        Yes, please explain to my wife as well.

      • Qpublik

        My wife is in this boat.

    • Qpublik

      Please explain to my wife why she should be excluded from medicine that relieves her from pain.

      • Cemetery Girl

        Good luck to your wife. I suffered for years. Last year I had to have a hysterectomy because my conditions were to advanced to be controlled by birth control anymore and no other treatment options would control both my conditions. It made me nervous having it done, but now that I’m recovered I’m so glad I did it. You don’t realize how badly your quality of life is effected until that suffering is gone. At the time you look at it as just part of your life, but afterwards you wonder how you suffered so much for years. Best of luck to her!

    • SophieCT

      I am so tired of guys who can’t get laid thinking anyone wants to listen to them either.

  • Sunnysmom

    I’m assuming this man has never had sex and thus never actually been into a 7-11 to peruse said contraception. Condoms yes, lady options no…and I won’t even get into all the other issues he’s blatantly disregarding. What a douchebag, which, ironically you probably CAN get at 7-11. lol

  • Pro choice

    You know what strikes me as funny, these A holes who are talking about controlling woman’s right to health and reproduction and talking about sexual activity seem to be forgetting they are having this sex with men, who in large numbers do a disappearing act after conception and leave record numbers of children with no father. No one is saying anything about that, so all you jackasses who don’t want access to birth control, and don’t want abortion, but want lots of access to Viagra get in line to adopt these children, who given the choice their moms wouldn’t create.

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      perhaps the 7-11 his favorite young boys work at?

    • Stephen Barlow


      WHERE are the Christian Slodiers in the fight to FEED, clothe house and EDUCATE these unwanted non abortions!!!?????????

      They are out picketing for FOOD STAMP CUTS, CLOSING THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, VOUCHERS (which sound strangely like the IOU’s Congress drained the SocSec Trust Fund with) and murdering doctors and bombing clinics.

  • watson

    Stupid deceitful arguments

  • George

    He obviously doesn’t like women. I’m guessing he is not a heterosexual.

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      he found out very very early that women didn’t like him– he is aesthetically “less than” and his mommie spanked him ( much 2 his delight)
      ” CARDINAL”

    • hermanprovi

      Just because he “doesn’t like women” does not make him other than hetero!

  • moe/larry & curly keys

    ” hows that thing with the priests and boys” working out?
    cast stones ONLY when your OWN house ( or cathedral) is in order
    women? women in the biblical history? Hmmmm,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, lets review those “10 commandments” and try 2 find RAPE listed over cussing GODS name; shall we?
    war on women been goin’ on a LONG time

  • Jeff Morrison

    What would you expect from a guy who’s based his entire life on the story of a zombie?

  • Altreg01

    I love it how carreer virgins seem to know all about birthcontrol and sex in general. If altar boys could get pregnant the church would be 100% for contraception

  • hermanprovi

    ALL religious folk need to keep,out of the politics of the United States and stick to preaching at the places of worship, and even then stick to telling people to be nice!

  • MLR

    I’m not even sure condoms are sold at 7-11, much less birth control pills. In fact, I’m pretty sure that 7-11 doesn’t sell birth control pills. This is why men, especially men that are supposed to practice celibacy should not get involved with women’s reproductive health issues because they don’t know a damn thing about it. This is one issue that I wish the church would evolve in because reproductive health is complex. Contraception is important not only for family planning (which is a pocketbook issue for many women and their families) but for certain medical conditions as well. which is why Sandra Fluke wanted to testify about in the first place. I don’t like using personal stories to make my point but not too long ago I started going to church again but I just couldn’t continue attending after the priest said that women should submit to their husbands in obedience. Well if my Mother had submitted to her husband when she got pregnant, she would have had to abort me like my father wanted, and when she refused he left her. And I’m pretty sure there are many, many women out there like my Mom who face tough choices and they certainly don’t need ignorance to make it harder on them.

  • Michelle Grasz

    They are forgetting that prior to the ACA the average insurance policy already covered contraception..they are only making a big deal out of this issue to rile up the fringe groups on the right

  • Mrs_oatmeal

    If we called it something other than birth control ( like maybe the magic pill) would they go away? I think there are many more females using this for health reasons than most men think. I did some work with Planned Parenthood while I was in college for my Public Health class and I was amazed at all the work they did besides dole out BC and abortions. Spend a day there and see what actually goes on before you pass judgement.

  • Johnathan Bane

    You know what’s really funny? When you realize that the picture above is just Dick Cheney in a warn-up suit and a funny hat.

    I saw it immediately and can’t unsee it.

    • maritzka

      I see more of a resemblance to Rush Limbaugh.

  • dlion

    In the 1960’s birth control pills were very new and hardly available. Many woman and girls got pregnant and children were born to 2 people who got married because of the pregnancy not for love. (this was the times) this was not good for children. People are not going to stop having sex catholic church guy, and many times, it is the male pushing for it, and not wearing a condom. and fyi, birth control for women is not sold at 711. You just make an idiot out of yourself to say these things..

  • Heathen5701

    I seldom say this but Dolan is a self-serving Fuck.

  • Akela Salinas

    7-11 is a christian company they do not sell condoms.
    At least not here or anywhere else I’ve lived.

  • PJB48

    Gee, my 7-Eleven doesn’t sell IUD’s. The Cardinal’s comment about convenient is creepy and ignorant. It trivializes health issues for women that are often extraordinarily serious and even life threatening.

  • blueturtles

    My grandmother, at the age of 12, was raped by a Catholic priest. Plan B is not available at 711, and the cost ($40 or $50) could be prohibitive to many rape survivors when there is only a 3 day window.

    A Catholic cardinal, of all people, should see that making Plan B widely available to rape victims is very important.