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The Resistance Prays

November 17, 2018
By Kaeley McEvoy

Today's Top Story
From The New York Times; "The Trump administration is making it easier for employers to exclude birth control from health insurance benefits provided under the Affordable Care Act, and it has come up with a new justification, saying that female employees can obtain contraceptives at family planning clinics for low-income people.

That, in turn, could increase demand for clinic services, which are already squeezed. The plan is one of several recent proposals that could affect access to birth control, such as requiring the physical separation of services at clinics and strict new rules about insurance payments."

In this proposed rule, the Trump administration said that women denied contraceptive coverage by their employers, for religious or moral reasons, would be eligible for the family planning program created by Congress in 1970 under Title X of the Public Health Service Act and be considered from a ‘low-income family.

According to Clare Coleman, the president and chief executive of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, which represents many clinics, the proposal would "hijack Title X programs and use their limited federal funds to subsidize employers’ refusal to comply with the contraceptive coverage requirement."
"Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own?"
1 Corinthians 6:19 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Hard Times for Holy Bodies

As Paul remarks in 1 Corinthians, bodies are temples for the Divine. They are flesh, blood and they are holy. However, each day through individual and systemic acts of violence the bodies of certain individuals including people of color, women, and LGBTQI folks are policed, harmed, and denied access to freely live in their fullest expression of health and wellness. 

Through the denial of healthcare access, particularly reproductive health services, women are stripped of dignity and oftentimes forced into economic hardship in order to simply care for their bodies. 

As Christians, who honor the incarnational divinity of Jesus, it is our call to fight for access for all women’s health services in order to create a world where bodies are nurtured and honored. 

There are many ways to support reproductive health organizations such as volunteering at your local Planned Parenthood. You can also give directly to service providers by funding abortions through the National Network of Abortion Funds.

Also, spend time researching women of color centered reproductive justice organizations such as Sister Song and Forward Together who are working to provide holistic care for the most vulnerable. 


Gracious Provider of Care and Protection, we remember and stand with health care providers who furnish health care for women. We give thanks for their commitment to protect the privacy of their patients and to treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve. We give thanks especially for the doctors and nurses and other health care workers who serve the reproductive health care needs of women. 

We pray for an end to the rhetoric and violent acts that target health care providers, and pray for the day when health care providers, women and their families, can exercise their rights to reproductive choice in security and peace. 

Help us, Gracious God, to stand together with these courageous and caring people who continue to do your holy work.

-Adapted from the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice 

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