The U.S. bishops and several other Catholic and pro-life groups are asking Congress to nullify two new Washington, D.C. laws that would negatively affect women’s health. They say laws could choke their ability to operate according to their religious beliefs. This according to Catholic News Service.
The legislation amounts to “unprecedented assaults upon our organizations,” the coalition of groups stated in a letter to all members of Congress. “Both laws violate the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of association protected by the First Amendment and other federal law.”
The signatories asked Congress to overturn the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act of 2014 and the Human Rights Amendment Act of 2014. Both unanimously passed the city council and were recently signed into law by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.
The Rainbow Sash Movement (LGBT Roman Catholics) believes this to be another example of an attack on women’s health rights. We condemn the Roman Catholic Bishops for trying to politicize these two laws for both believers and non believers. In other words in the name of religious freedom the Bishops are trying tell women that they have no medical control over their bodies, and that the Bishops know far more about their needs than they do.
The rational goes along the lines that could force them to make decisions regarding personnel or student life that would contradict such [Catholic Church] teaching.” For example, the university they say could have to officially recognize student groups that are fundamentally opposed to the teachings of the Catholic Church on matters of homosexual behavior. In other words the bishops believe that they are above the law when it comes to the promotion of discrimination.
The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act prohibits employers from hiring or firing employees based on their “reproductive health” decisions, such as abortion, sterilization, artificial contraception or in vitro fertilization. It is time for the Bishops to enter into serious dialogue with women and LGBT people both inside and outside the Church..
Joe Murray, Executive Director of the Rainbow Sash Movement said it is not the states place to impose specific religious beliefs that would be a matter of religious freedom. Discrimination is not a legal right because you have a religious belief that justifies it.