An Open Letter from the National Coalition of American Nuns regarding insurers of the Affordable Care Act
The National Coalition of American Nuns (NCAN) is dismayed that the Little Sisters of the Poor-Colorado, the University of Notre Dame and other Catholic organizations are challenging the Affordable Care Act. Spurred on by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops these organizations are attempting to hold hostage all women by refusing insurance to them for contraceptives.
NCAN strongly supports Reproductive Justice which includes a woman’s right to choose what is best for her body including contraceptives. In its endorsement of the Affordable Care Act NCAN believes that women should not be singled out by any organization or group through its refusal to insure a woman’s reproductive needs. This violates the equality given to all men and women who embrace this country’s laws which are passed to preserve this very equality.
The goal of NCAN is to study, work and speak out on issues of Justice in Society and Church. We support women as moral agents able to make the right choices for their own bodies. We also know that women do not have full membership in churches and societies that keep women and our daughters poor and separated because of their gender. A society or church that disregards a person because of her gender does this to all of its members.
Founded in 1969 and representing over 2000 members, the National Coalition of American Nuns continues to work for full acceptance of the fact that: A woman cannot have full autonomy unless she has Reproductive Autonomy…We hope that we will see our work of equality for Women reflected in all laws and practices in Church and Society. We thank those working with us to make this a global reality.