Ghazala Anwar is an associate professor of Quranic studies at Starr King School for the Ministry, a Unitarian Universalist school, at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif. She is also on the steering committee of GTU’s Women’s Studies in Religion program. Among her areas of interest are women in Islam and gender equality.
Religious freedom has become the broad catchphrase in today’s biggest culture war issues. The Obama administration’s contraception mandate is the latest example, as the Supreme Court ruled June 30 in favor of Hobby Lobby and another corporation that wanted to opt out of birth control coverage.
Read a June 2, 2014, Religion News Service story about a Public Religion Research Institute poll that shows most Americans favor the contraception mandate.
Read a June 23, 2014, Religion News Service story rounding up various polls that show differing levels of support for each side in the case.
Paul D. Clement is an attorney with the Washington, D.C., law firm Bancroft PLLC.
Jodi Magee is founding president and CEO of Physicians for Reproductive Health.
The Guttmacher Institute offers this Feb. 1, 2014, summary of state policies on emergency contraception, including a chart that shows which states allow pharmacists to refuse to dispense it. See also the institute’s February 2014 explanation of state policies on insurance coverage of contraceptives.
Eleven percent of sexually experienced American women ages 15-44 have used emergency contraception at least once, according to the 2006–2010 National Survey of Family Growth. That’s a jump from 1 percent of such women in 1995, the study says.
The Religious Institute, a multifaith organization focused on sexual health, education and justice, posts denominational statements about contraception.