Trusting Women

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Last night, I delivered the following as part of a series of “Big Tent” speeches at an event hosted by the Morgan County Democratic Central Committee here in Illinois.  It was a fundraiser and a meet-and-greet event featuring the Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White, with whom I am pictured below. It’s about trusting women. [Read More...]

This Week in Religious Freedom & Healthcare

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This picture of me shouldn’t be revolutionary.  And yet … Here is a great 90 second summary of what is at stake this week when lawyers for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood will argue before the Supreme Court that your boss should get to determine what preventative health care you receive: Here is a round-up [Read More...]

Religious Freedom … For Bosses Only?

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On March 25, the Supreme Court will hear two cases in which the argument will be made that your boss’s beliefs should determine your access to healthcare. Sounds preposterous, right? And yet, that’s what the lawyers for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood will argue.  That a boss’ religious freedom trumps an employee’s religious freedom.  That [Read More...]

Why Affordable Care Matters for Women

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Given that the Affordable Care Act remains a political football more than three years after it was signed into law, I thought I’d share easily understandable information about how and why it has been described as “the single biggest advancement in women’s health in a generation.” I’ve written about why this law is important for [Read More...]

Chastity Brings May Flowers?

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Well, that’s not exactly what I learned about how the bright spring blooms take hold. Then again, this isn’t exactly a view of sex and God’s plan that I was taught either: Where to even begin?  There’s so much wrong with this image, and that only begins with casting as evil some of the very [Read More...]

Christian Is as Christian Does

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My colleague and fellow participant in the Faith and Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute at The Center for American Progress, Rev. Matthew Westfox, has an excellent ‘open letter‘ to conservative Christians opposing the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act over at The Melissa Harris-Perry Show page. Here is an excerpt where he suggests that we all [Read More...]

Afraid of What?

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Mitt Romney’s political ad released today, “Be Not Afraid” states that “President Obama has declared war on religion by forcing religious institutions to go against their faith.” This is false.     The Affordable Care Act makes no demands on houses of worship.  No demands on religious institutions like hospitals, charities, colleges, and universities.  Period.  [Read More...]

Affordable Care for Women

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This day, August 1, 2012, should probably be proclaimed Women’s Health Wednesday!  Complete with that exclamation point!  This is the day when a new set of provisions in the Affordable Care Act are implemented that specifically benefit women, as reported by RH Reality Check one year ago. “The guidelines will ensure women have access to [Read More...]