Anti-Choice Groups to Kick Off "Fortnight for Freedom"
Next week, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and its anti-choice allies will kick off their "Fortnight for Freedom."
What in the Dickens is a "Fortnight for Freedom"?
Well, a "fortnight" is an old-fashioned word for 14 days, or two weeks.
And "freedom" in this context doesn't mean women's freedom and privacy. (Sillies!) It means employers' freedom to deny birth-control coverage to their employees.
So, for the next two weeks, anti-choice groups will hold rallies attacking President Obama's no-cost birth-control policy in particular and insurance coverage of contraception for women in general.
"Fortnight for Freedom" makes me think of a time when women wore corsets, couldn't vote, and didn't get much say over their lives.
It's not exactly a forward-looking message, but it's no surprise coming from the folks who participated in the all-male birth-control panel.
Here's what the bishops hope to achieve with their rallies: pressure Congress to repeal the policy requiring insurance companies to cover contraception without a copay.
If you use birth control or know someone who does (and 99 percent of American women do), tell Congress not to give in to these extreme demands.