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John Viacrucis, Moorhead, Published June 23 2012

Bishops don’t speak for me

I am a Catholic, and I support insurance coverage of contraception. I believe that I should be free to follow my faith and my conscience, and make the health care decisions that are best for me.

Some people are saying that it’s an attack on conscience or religious freedom if people who work for a Catholic hospital or university can get contraception through their insurance without a co-payment. That doesn’t make any sense. Individuals have consciences, institutions do not, and no employer should be able to prevent an employee from following his or her conscience.

It is just not fair to deny some people access to affordable health care simply because their workplace or the school is religiously affiliated. That’s not religious freedom. It’s discrimination.

The bishops do not speak for me on this issue, and they do not speak for the vast majority of Catholics, here and across this country, who use contraception and have no religious objection to it.