NOW Yowls at 'Violently Anti-Woman' Catholic Bishops

The National Organization for Women issued a statement from president Terry O'Neill Wednesday with a clearly anti-religion message. The headline: "U.S. Catholic Bishops Major Force Behind War on Women." It began:

The collusion of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has led to an open declaration of war on the women of this country. The bishops have long sought to enshrine into law those policies of the Catholic Church that subordinate women. And they don't care how badly women get hurt in the process.

In the last election, the bishops helped to elect legislators that would do their bidding, which includes enacting dangerous and discriminatory bills denying women safe, accessible and affordable abortion care and family planning, even encouraging hospitals to let women die in the name of 'life.' 

NOW naturally hated any bill that restricted their sacrament of abortion. They're actively lobbying for the right to snuff out the unborn, but somehow their opponents are the violent ones. They really punched low on the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 3), which actually retains taxpayer funding of abortions for the exceptions of rape, incest, and the life of the mother:

HR 3, also known as 'Stupak on Steroids,' would enshrine the Hyde Amendment into law and expand it to impose tax penalties on millions of families and businesses whose private insurance covers abortion care, thereby expanding the scope of Internal Revenue Service audits to the area between women's legs. In testifying in favor of this bill in committee, a representative from the Catholic bishops proudly supported revoking abortion rights even in cases of rape. You read that right -- and isn't that rich, coming from the very men who have consistently protected sexually abusive priests?

The O'Neill statement closed with more Bishops Kill Women rhetoric:

Not only are these assaults on women's rights at odds with generally accepted medical practice and flatly unethical, there is little doubt that they will kill women. [Emphasis theirs.]

The National Organization for Women is fighting back against these efforts in coalition with our allies and women's health advocates across the country. We also renew our demand that the federal government require the all-male and violently anti-woman U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops follow the same lobbying and disclosure requirements that currently apply to everyone else.

Would our media accept conservatives calling an Islamic group "violently anti-woman," or would they think that was a vicious stereotype? Why do the media fail to notice the hostility that feminists have toward America's largest church?

Earlier: NOW Blames Tucson Shooting on 'Extreme Right-Wing Opponents' of 'Progressive Solutions'

[Hat tip: Red Ceiling Man]

Tim Graham
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