Thursday, September 1, 2011
The Washington Post - Ezra Klein blog: The birth control battles, by Sarah Kliff:
Michael Gerson, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, has drawn a fair amount of attention for advocating “family planning as a pro-life cause.” His column Tuesday in The Washington Post praised the use of contraceptives in efforts to reduce maternal deaths in Africa.
“Support for contraception does not imply or require support for abortion,” he wrote. “Even in the most stringent Catholic teaching, the prevention of conception is not the moral equivalent of ending a life.”
What’s gotten less notice: an influential group of progressive religious leaders pushing back against insurance coverage for contraceptives in the health reform law. . . .