To be sure, the ultimate goal of the all-boy Catholic elite is to simply use big government to ban contraception and especially abortion via secular laws. The latter has been achieved in
The mechanism for keeping women in their place is simply to own or control as many medical establishments as possible. Over the decades the church has expanded from operating charitable medical facilities to running an enormous medical complex in the
After millennia of human societies Catholic and otherwise doing an excellent job of making womens' lives too often miserable and oppressive, you would think that a focus of enlightened modernity would be bend backwards to makes matters easier for the sex. The result of the rising Catholization of medicine is to instead make life increasingly difficult and confusing for 21st century women when it comes to their reproductive needs and desires, women who may have no idea what they are getting into when they seek services at a Catholic institution. This is especially true when women are most vulnerable because of emergency or poverty. Say a woman wants a tubal ligation after a C-section, a method that minimizes complications and costs. Too bad if she is at a Catholic hospital.
The most notorious American example of patriarchal Catholic intransigence was when a nun working at a Catholic associated hospital did what she and the hospital were legally and morally required to do and saved the life of a woman by authorizing an emergency abortion (details here.) She was excommunicated for doing the right thing, and the
And the church's insistence on denying women based on dubious religious grounds is causing problems for their health system. Secular institutions are increasingly resistant to merging with Catholic complexes because of the outrageously discriminatory loss of women's oriented services that ensues. Even some Catholic concerns are severing formal ties with the church to reduce the problems, in San Francisco Catholic Healthcare West became the more secular Dignity Health.
Of course it is not just the Catholic right, the Protestant right thinks what the former are up to is just fine. And combined they constitute a too powerful theoconservative minority. Most Americans Catholic and otherwise use contraceptives, approve of the Obama requirements for providing birth control services, support basic abortion rights, and the Republican effort in
The real world reproductive rights of millions and millions of women are in direct conflict with the religious rights of a small clique of guys and their followers who think they are doing the work of a deity. The first trumps the latter. So let's not be fooled by the smoke and mirrors trick being played by the religious right as they decry the intrusion of their rights as they scheme to stomp on those of women.