Birth Control as a Human Right – Toledo Protest

On Friday, February 6, about a dozen protesters gathered outside St. Anne’s Hospital on Secor Road in , Ohio.  This protest was organized by the Toledo Chapter of the National Organization for Women (see Toledo NOW facebook page), it also supported by Occupy Toledo.  The purpose of this protest was to advocate for is a human right.  This was triggered by the recent decision by the administration to require that organizations owned by groups must provide as part of their health insurance plans.  This rule does not require that groups themselves must provide as part of group health insurance plans to their employees, only to those employees that in organizations owned by groups, such as a Catholic hospital.Birth Control is a Human Right - Toledo Protest

Anita Rios, of chapter of N.O.W., demonstrating for as a human right (photo courtesy of The Blade).

I went to this protest.  When I pulled into the massive empty parking lot of St. Anne’s Hospital, I was greeted by two of their guards.  They immediately asked, “Are you from ?” Indicating that I was there for the protest, they told me that I could not park there.  Now, that’s what I call !  I recognize the right of private property, but I can’t help but find it , that respecting the right of a woman to be the steward of her own body and her own life is trumped by a claim of religious .  Personally, I consider conscience and religious , the of one’s soul, the most thing in which we are entrusted.  Also, I recognize that conscience and the functions of the will inevitably come into at certain points. The only question I would ask, that when and the comes into , can one tell the difference between a and the .  I find as a is completely repugnant and patently idolatrous.  I will stand against such idolatry every opportunity I am afforded.  In the same vein, when I find that functions largely as just another interest in , it profoundly diminishes its role in . So, how does one tell the difference between a religion and the ?  I would submit that a to sacrifice one’s own interests for a larger good, and ever larger good, is a way of living that points to the ever “more” that is. Of course, with , that ever larger good comes to an abrupt end at our geopolitical borders and a rather crass commitment to our interest ( as opposed to a global interest, or an interest in protecting ).  With religion, the demarcation of giving up on an ever larger good is usually at the boundary of that religion’s institution.  This is where conventional takes over.  In the case of , the gospel becomes foolishness.  The profound and sacred texts that speak about dying in order to be born anew are too large to be held within the boundaries of an institution.  In more practical terms, this is seen as sacrifice, self-sacrifice, giving up something of lesser value for something of greater value.  I am eagerly waiting to see the Roman Catholic Church’s response to this between church and .  If, in fact, the for the Roman Catholic Church is that its doctrine is sacred, then I would expect that they would be willing to pay a large price in order to see that its doctrine becomes manifest in the world.  Let me be clear.  When I say being willing to pay a large price, I mean that they themselves are willing to pay a large price, not forcing others to pay a large price.  The latter is simply the ways of the world, conventional , bad news.  If the Roman Catholic Church is willing to take on huge fines to witness to the importance and value of this doctrine that they hold to be true, then they will earn a commensurate measure of from me.

Birth Control as Human Right Protesters in Toledo, Ohio

Toledo Protesters Demonstrating for as a Human Right

Defending and promoting one’s is costly, typically in direct proportion to the value of those .  I was delighted to join a dozen or so protesters who were willing to put a little , invest a little , enter the fray, ridicule and misunderstanding, etc. to demonstrate how much they value birth as a human right. May many more join the fight for this and other !

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