Cardinal Dolan, Asshole of the Day for April 21, 2014
by TeaPartyCat ()
Cardinal Dolan is the most prominent Catholic in America*, being Archbishop of New York, and president of the US Conference of Bishops. Aside from the Pope, he has the most say when it comes to the news on Catholics in this country.
So it matters when he gets things wrong, especially when he tries to influence public policy for the entire nation and not just inform the private decisions of his flock. And yet here he is dismissing the healthcare needs of women without understanding the science or medicine involved:
Is the ability to buy contraceptives, that are now widely available — my Lord, all you have to do is walk into a 7-11 or any shop on any street in America and have access to them — is that right to access those and have them paid for, is that such a towering good that it would suffocate the rights of conscience?
That would be Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, on Face the Nation yesterday. It was Dolan who, as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2010 until 2013, guided the bishops into a firm alliance with conservative evangelicals (and implicitly, with the Republican Party) in a crusade for “religious liberty” defined as the right of employers to refuse their employees insurance coverage for contraceptives—typically those they regard, in defiance of standard medical profession and scientific definitions, as “abortifacients.”
The problem is that what Cardinal Dolan wants to block are, among other things, IUDs. IUDs are effective, more effective than the condoms you can purchase at 7-11, but they are not cheap, nor can they be bought just anywhere. An IUD can cost $500-1000, but they last for years. And if an IUD is what your doctor thinks will work best and be best for you then why should Cardinal Dolan come between you and your doctor to decide you should stick with condoms or never having sex?
IUDs are the contraception covered under the mandate the Cardinal is fighting. The mandate doesn’t cover condoms or anything you can buy at 7-11. It’s only about the things that require a prescription. So his 7-11 comment is not germane, and demonstrates either that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about or doesn’t care or, is trying to deceive people as to what this fight is really about.
And Cardinal Dolan’s influence over the healthcare choices of women aren’t just limited to the contraception mandate. The Catholic bishops are responsible for the Catholic hospitals in this country, and are limiting what treatments doctors are allowed to offer based on doctrine, not medicine, but they aren’t disclosing to the patients that other treatments and choices exist, so women can’t make informed decisions or know that they should get a second opinion or avoid Catholic hospitals altogether.
So, for pushing policies that limit women’s choices of contraception while refusing to educate himself on the medicine and science and costs involved, Cardinal Dolan is the Asshole of the Day.
It is Cardinal Dolan’s first time as Asshole of the Day.
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*except perhaps for Colbert, who has often given himself the title of America’s most prominent Catholic.