When I read things like this New York Times‘ Op-Ed piece, I sort of think that maybe I shouldn’t have been quite so hard on Hillary Clinton during the primary.
Many circumstances unrelated to reproductive health could also fall under the umbrella of “other medical procedures.” Could physicians object to helping patients whose sexual orientation they find objectionable? Could a receptionist refuse to book an appointment for an H.I.V. test? What about an emergency room doctor who wishes to deny emergency contraception to a rape victim? Or a pharmacist who prefers not to refill a birth control prescription?
H*yas for Chocie just collected over 85 signatures on our letter opposing the proposed HHS rule. Although this may not sound like a lot, all we did was keep them at our table in the campus free-speech zone (don’t get me started on this) for 6 days! Rumor is, even a Jesuit signed one…
We decided to collect individual signatures on letters and send them all at once. A stack of letters is pretty impressive and, given how much e-mail government offices receive these days, I feel like a think envelope might get noticed. They’ll only have to read the letter once, but they’ll also see signatures from all over the U.S. (we even got a signature from a Chinese woman who just got her citizenship)! To me, there is still something to be said for picking up a stack of letters instead of just seeing a list of e-mails. Call me old fashioned.
I’ve been so impressed by the response that we get at Georgetown. Although we have a tenuous relationship with the university, I get the sense that the pro-choice position is more popular that one might expect at a Catholic university. People aren’t always willing to speak up, but when we call on them to act they show up. What more, really, can you ask?