(Find your voice here: WOMEN have a voice and if you are at all intrigued... if you feel like "yay! finally!" please read the letter and sign it.)
I am horrified that this mandate keeps getting worse - if that were possible. The newest details show that part of "preventive health care for women" will now include STERILIZATION for free for COLLEGE STUDENTS.
Let that sink in.
The 18-22 year olds who are mostly just learning to use a bus schedule, cook macaroni and cheese, do their own laundry as well as balance academic schedules and social issues are being put in the position to choose sterilization as a viable form of birth control.
College Women are going to be told that their womanhood - in the form of their reproductive fertility - is UNDESIREABLE, and that it is such a legitimate choice to surgically render themselves infertile that the US Government will PAY for it. This is doubly upsetting to those of us Catholics who realize this will also be mandated in the coverage for those attending Catholic schools... But nonetheless, this is not just anti-Catholic. It is deeply, clearly and vehemently ANTI Woman.
Women! It is time to raise our voices. No one can tell us that our fertility is a disease, without insinuating that our very womanhood is suspect. Raise your voices. Send the information to the women you respect and who respect their own womanhood. Insist that men understand what is going on here, and that they too have a responsiblity to recognize and protect the genius and beauty of womanhood.
If you shiver at the word "passive" linked with "femininity" like I do - well, here's your chance to show the world what power we wield, and our deep understanding and connection to life. Rise up, my sisters, for the future of women everywhere.