I have enjoyed reading a regular Op-Ed “Column”, by Rachel Patron, in the (previously Ft. Lauderdale, now) South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Her recent column, titled as above, http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/opinion/columnists/fl-rpcol-war-on-women-patron-0609-20120609,0,3793748,print.column, I believe is an excellent summary of the War on Women.
Lately, there have been a number of stories that have come out regarding attempts to Put Women Down. The Lilly Ledbetter case came out in 1998, after she realized that she was being paid considerably less than men performing the same job and with equitable performance. Unfortunately, Ms. Ledbetter could not collect retroactive pay due to some fabricated “Statute of Limitations”. Congress added to this fire, this year, by failing to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have updated the Equal Pay Act of 1963.
For Years, the West has looked-down upon some Muslim Countries for not permitting Women to be Educated, Drive, Work or even leave their homes without being accompanied by a male family member. The point is that a Country and an Economy cannot function properly without including half of its Society. But, as the above comments note, US Society cannot function completely if we stifle a part of our educated and capable Work Force, as well.
Recently, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference has joined the fray and have been embraced by Republicans in Congress, and the Religious “Right”. The Catholic Church–and their co-conspirators–have proclaimed that this is a Religious Freedom Issue. The False Assumption, espoused by the Bishops, is that Catholics do not use Contraception. Welcome to the 21st Century, Your Graces. That is pure nonsense, because Catholic Women do use all of the Family Planning Tools available to them–just like everyone else does. Why not?
But, let’s address Religious Freedom. What about the Freedoms of ALL Women–Catholic or Not–to do what is best for themselves and their Families. Generally, Non-Catholic Women do not work for actual Catholic Churches; however, when it comes to universities and hospitals, that is truly not the case–and for students and patients, as well. The decision with Equal Pay OR Contraception should be based on what is right and proper. It is not the Decision of a bunch of Old Men in Congress or any Religious Institution.
On a personal note, I believe that any many who choses to hold women back–for whatever reason–must have some deep insecurity problems. How does a Congressman, a Bishop or a Husband chose to do this.? I will leave the Bishops’ attempts to tame the Nuns–who ARE the backbone of the Catholic Church–back for another Post.