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EDS Dean on FOX: birth control and religion

EDS Dean on FOX: birth control and religion

The Rev. Canon Dr. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, Dean and President of Episcopal Divinity School is interviewed on FOX about the birth control mandate.


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I haven’t yet been able to force myself to watch this (I’m physically allergic to FOX, and know it will make me ill!). But for Dean Ragsdale’s sake, I’ll try to endure it.

Thank you, Susan, for that moving (infuriating!) link. God bless the work of Dr Gunter . . . and all COMPETENT abortion providers!

JC Fisher


I strongly encourage people to read this searing description of the consequences of illegal abortions Anatomy of an unsafe abortion. This is not occurring in the 3rd world, or 50 years ago, it is occurring TODAY.

Yes, women who feel they have no choice, may at times choose abortion. Isn’t it fundamental, then, that access to contraception be made as available as possible, to reduce the necessity that women feel to terminate? But no, in our current political climate, we have the Republican would-be nominees scrambling over each other to deny access to birth control as well as to abortion. And they call this “pro-life”.

I am glad to see TEC speaking out on this. Abortion should be safe, it should be legal, and it should be rare. Look at Western Europe, where the rate of abortion is extremely low, as is the rate of teen pregnancy. Easy access to contraception is likely to be a big part of this.

SO let us call the opposition to abortion and birth control for what it is: a full frontal assault on the equality of women.

Susan Forsburg

Tom Downs

I think the Dean did a masterful job. I understand the idea that we should not feed the beasty at FOX News, but also think there should be strong warning voices that remind them that the ecco chamber they inhabit isn’t the whole of reality.

Also about the tragic nature of heart surgery… the point is that no one would do this except of direst necessity. We’d all prefer there be another way. It’s dangerous, painful and expensive; moreover this sort of surgery is bankrupting the economy, driving some with legitimate medical needs but without insurance into bankrupcy. It’s an ethical delema that doesn’t lend itself to absolutists and slogans.

Leslie Scoopmire

Dean Ragsdale certainly had to know that this issue was going to get twisted to suit the political purposes of Fox News, and I think she did well. Equating birth control with abortion is a fringe viewpoint within the American population. As Dean Ragsdale stated, better access to birth controlwould certainly help reduce the need for abortions– not eliminate them entirely, because there will still be crisis pregnancies and miscarriages. By the way, the medical term for a naturally occurring miscarriage is “abortion.” Given that the anti-abortion lobby still likes to claim that there are 4 million abortions a year, one wonders if the only way they justify that number is by using that definition.

Bill Dilworth

I seriously don’t understand why any liberal or progressive would have anything to do with Fox News at all. It’s a propoganda machine, and everything said there will be used to contribute to the propoganda stream.

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