An all-female panel challenges the administration’s claim that free access to contraception is in the best interest of women.
By SOPHIA MASON | For the Catholic Herald
Last Monday, well past the 6 p.m. scheduled starting time, the Catholic Information Center’s panel had not yet begun. One of the panelists was late, which was just as well for the audience, many of whom were caught in heavy traffic along K Street in Washington, D.C., where the center is located.
The last panelist was Gloria Purvis from the board of the Northwest Pregnancy Center and Maternity Home in Washington. She addressed the HHS regulations from a woman’s perspective, describing the perceived need for contraception as being demeaning to women. The effect of contraception, she said, has been “the commodification of sex leading as a result to the commodification of the human person.”
For women, this commodification denies them their innate dignity, a dignity by which they are “already naturally ordained to take the sperm and the egg and make a human person,” she said.
She predicted that if the regulations stay in place, the result will be an even greater hostility to pregnancy and motherhood in the workplace.
She concluded by saying that the opposition to contraception is not about political parties or political figures, but about individual consciences.
“It may come at some personal cost, but we’re called to speak the truth to power and in charity and in love,” she said.
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