Frankly, I am tired of this controversy. It's a private matter for women and those she chooses to share with. The laws in this country are not dictated by religious beliefs, no matter how powerful the beliefs of those running for public office.
Republican people are very passionate about non-Republican people's babies. They are all for individual liberty, except when it comes to producing individuals. Which, ironically, they think should be done liberally.
What flavor of revolt and indignation do you prefer as we dance like drunken angels into the wilds of 2012? Choose wisely, and you can become a full and informed participant in the culture. Choose poorly, and the world is joyless as bible study in Rick Santorum's shame dungeon.
Speaking out on this issue, I unleashed a flurry of responses from folks who were unable to reconcile my position as a pro-choice advocate with my vocation as a priest and pastor. One commenter summed it up tersely: "What kind of religion do you represent, lady?"
The Internet not only narrows the participation gap between young and old, it lends a powerful platform to a typically quiet constituency -- we've grabbed the bullhorn and, all of a sudden, our agenda is beginning to resonate.
The recent reversal by the Komen foundation of its decision to no longer fund grants to Planned Parenthood is a case study in how radically social media have changed the way institutions relate to those they purport to serve.