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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