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March 11, 2012

Chronicling Leftist Lies

Chronicling leftist lies: “98% of Catholic women use contraception”
As you already know, one of the Obamacare mandates is that employers provide free abortion-inducing drugs to their employees. Most people see this as only affecting Catholics, but it affects everyone with a conscience and has been referred to by many of my lawmaker friends as the most blatant attack on religious freedom in living memory. Those who speak out are accused of being “against women’s health.”
One of the Obama administration talking points involves going on the offensive against Catholics by accusing them of hypocrisy. Obama administration flacks scream over and over again, “Ninety-eight percent of Catholic women use contraceptives!”
At Summit, we teach our students to counter every fact claim with the question, “How do you know that’s true?”
So how do we know this “98%” statistic is true? On Saturday Kellyanne Conway, president of The Polling Company and a frequent commentator on news programs across the country, explained this to my friends and me:
1.       This statistic comes from a poll conducted by a Democratic polling firm called Public Policy Polling (PPP)—hardly an unbiased source.
2.       The poll was conducted on behalf of Planned Parenthood which distorts the truth as a matter of practice.
3.       Women who reported not being sexually active were screened out of the study.
4.       The only women included in the study were women ages 18-44 who were purposefully trying to not get pregnant.
This has got to be one of the worst studies ever done—fraudulent to its very core. Shame on the Obama administration for promoting it, and shame on us for not calling their bluff.

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  • March 16, 2012 // 11:32 am //  # 
    John Sterett's avatar John Sterett

    Thank you for exposing the deceptive polling information.  The 98% claim is vastly exaggerated but it is an unfortunate fact that a high percentage of catholic couples do practice artificial contraception.  It is also an unfortunate fact that the Catholic bishops have been aware of this problem for years yet did not move aggressively to correct the problem.  They now find themselves in a situation where they must speak out in defence of religious freedom but do not have the support of a significant number of those who claim to be “Catholic”.

  • March 21, 2012 // 12:50 am //  # 
    Dari Leigh's avatar Dari Leigh

    I would be curious to see how many of these polled Catholics would support the government subsidizing contraceptives and abortion inducing drugs.

  • March 22, 2012 // 11:09 am //  # 
    John Sterett's avatar John Sterett

    I would be courious too Dari but considering that “The only women included in the study were women ages 18-44 who were purposefully trying to not get pregnant.” I would guess that the majority would favor government subsidies or contraceptives and abortion causing drugs.  Instead of 98% a more accurate figure would be around 80% but even at that the american bishops have a serious problem with the flock disregarding the teachings of the RCC.  The bishops have been aware of this problem but have not acted or spoken aggressively and are now forced to deal with the consequences.  This is a fact that has not gone unnoticed in Rome.

    Pope Benedict recently made this statement to a group of American bishops:
    “It is in fact increasingly evident that a weakened appreciation of the indissolubility of the marriage covenant, and the widespread rejection of a responsible, mature sexual ethic grounded in the practice of chastity, have led to grave societal problems bearing an immense human and economic cost,” the pope said March 9.

    Meeting the bishops of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, who were making their “ad limina” visits to report on the status of their dioceses, the pope said ignorance of or challenges to church teaching on marriage and sexuality were part of the “intellectual and ethical challenges” to evangelization in the United States today. …
    The church itself “must acknowledge deficiencies in the catechesis of recent decades, which failed at times to communicate the rich heritage of Catholic teaching on marriage as a natural institution elevated by Christ to the dignity of a sacrament, the vocation of Christian spouses in society and in the church, and the practice of marital chastity,” ….

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