Statesman Op-Ed "Religious Exemptions Come at Expense of Women’s Health," by TxPEP

Wed, November 8, 2017
Statesman Op-Ed
TxPEP op-ed in the Statesman.

PRC project TxPEP (Texas Policy Evaluation Project) investigator Kristine Hopkins has published an op-ed in the Austin American-Statsman entitled "Religious Exemptions Come at Expense of Women's Health." In this op-ed, Hopkins argues that the expansion of the religious exemption has tipped the balance dramatically in favor of the beliefs of employers at the expense of their staff, particularly women.

Hopkins reviews TxPEP research on the impact of religion on women’s contraceptive choices and Catholic ethical and religious directives that prohibit elective female sterilizations to be performed at Catholic-run hospitals to illustrate the conflict between women's desires and institutional barriers.

Hopkins closes: "As taxpayers and Americans who want better health care and want everyone’s religious choices to be respected, we should demand that the Trump administration not cater to the narrow religious views of a few powerful business owners and religious institutions. Instead, our government should protect women’s rights to their own religious beliefs about contraception — and with that, women’s access to critical reproductive health care."

Read the full op-ed here on the TxPEP website and in the Austin American-Statesman.

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