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Via DC Examiner:
Religious groups that oppose President Obama’s mandate that they provide contraception are using the right to religious liberty as a way to discriminate against women, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said in an email opposing congressional repeal of the mandate.
“Anti-choice forces around the country are yelling from the rooftops about religious freedom,” wrote Laura Murphy, the ACLU’s director of the Washington Legislative office, in an email urging supporters to tell their congressional representatives to support the mandate . “But what they actually mean is the use of religion to discriminate and deny millions of women access to birth control.” Murphy faulted opponents of the mandate for “us[ing] religion to discriminate] against women.
The ACLU email framed the issue as a conflict between “lobbying groups” and Obama over the rights of women. “[W]hen lobbying groups — led by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops — insisted that the exemption be expanded to include religiously affiliated hospitals, universities and other institutions, jeopardizing coverage for millions of women, the Obama administration drew a line in the sand,” the email declared.