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Peggie P. Richardson's Dec. 4 letter "Politics and Religion," continues the false equivalency put forth by many Catholics in the battle over contraception coverage. She states, "Telling Catholic institutions to make birth control and abortion inducing drugs available to anyone is like telling Jews they have to eat pork."
No, Ms. Richardson, it isn't. No one is telling Catholics they have to use birth control themselves. The law states that employers must make these prescription drugs available to their employees. It is the employee who chooses to use contraception, as much as it would be the Jew who chooses to eat pork.
A more appropriate, but still incomplete, analogy would be that a Jewish hospital must make pork available in the cafeteria, but even that comparison is inaccurate because taking contraception is sometimes a medical necessity, whereas eating pork is not.
The birth-control pill is often used to treat several medical conditions including ovarian cysts and hormone imbalance. Many religious institutions employ people who are not Catholic and who may have a medical need for this medicine.
How is the Catholic church, as an employer, being moral by denying their employees of any faith the ability to access legal prescription drugs that could treat severe medical conditions and enhance the quality of their lives?
First Published December 7, 2012 12:00 am