Friday, March 19, 2010
I Believe in Blog
They work in hospitals and community centers which largely serve poor women and children. They say the bill will provide coverage and support for the uninsured, those denied coverage for pre-existing conditions (pregnancy), and support of pregnant women. They call the bill "pro life" and are urging a
"life-affirming 'yes' vote." They say extending health coverage to 30 million people is right.
Sister Simone Campbell, the executive director of Network, an American Catholic lobby group, representing 59, 000 nuns, in a radio interview on As It Happens ( a Canadian broadcast I listened to last night) said she could not speak for the Catholic Bishops' position, other than to say it was a political divide, and not a divide in the church. She said, My mother always said not to talk about religion or politics....and here I am talking about religion and politics!
I am not from a family of believers. And, we loved to talk about politics, so it's a little hard to understand the concept. Maybe, in my family, politics is religion! I'm also a feminist, who wonders why the men in the Church ( Bishops) oppose Health Care Reform, but the women (Nuns) see the value? Isn't this a women's issue? A weaver's blog may be stretching thin to cover this topic, but I'm thinking about all of this while I'm weaving, throw that shuttle, bang that beater! It doesn't take too much imagination to think of an uninsured 24 yr old woman, pregnant, out of college, working at a restaurant for maybe $8 / hr. What are her options?
Our Federal tax money supports many, many things I am ideologically opposed to. War. The fiasco fence at the Mexican / US border. The arrest of 300 workers at Postville, Iowa in May, 2008. Those are just the first 3 that come to mind. Abortion is legal, and should be protected and funded by Federal money, in my opinion. This bill, unfortunately, does not do that. This bill does allow a woman, whose employer does not provide health benefits, to consider having her baby, with medical care, pre and post natal. This woman might be my daughter, or yours.