Not Your Uterus

Nurse Teeny has a bone to pick with her new employers.

I work for a large Catholic health care system, which is hard to get away from these days. Not that there’s anything intrinsically wrong with Catholic organizations providing care – Catholic health ministries have been responsible for building and transforming health care as we know it.

But when Catholic politics start to dictate access to reproductive health care (including mine), then I DO take issue.

I was reading through my health benefits brochure last night and what to my wandering eyes should appear? A special clause about contraceptive use:

“Must be medically necessary for reasons other than to prevent conception.”

Um, seriously?

When did we return to the Dark Ages?

I understand the organization’s church-based beliefs, and I respect and admire the system’s core values and principles.

But this is an issue of my body, my rights, which is also a value in my book. My right to decide when and where I will start my family, whether I am married or not.

Contraceptives are expensive out-of-pocket. I looked it up. And there are certain contraceptives I can’t take due to other health issues, so my options are (of course) limited to the more expensive methods.

Not sure what I’m gonna do about this one. Right now I’m choosing to be indignant and more than a little offended.

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