April 2, 2015
A new study that claims religious women support Obamacare's contraception mandate didn't ask very many religious women that question.
By Annie R. MacLean
At The Atlantic, Patricia Miller focuses on Catholic women in raising an important question: “What Do Religious Women Think of the Contraception Mandate?” Unfortunately, the study she cites didn’t ask many practitioners of the faith. Althoughabout 24 percent of American women self-identify as Catholic, only 17 percent of the poll’s respondents were Catholic. More problematic still, around 40 to 45 percent of Catholic women in the United States attend Mass weekly, but only 4 percent of the Catholics included in the study attend Mass at least once per week.
If you’re interested in the opinions of a religion’s practitioners, it would make sense to talk to them. But this study primarily included the opinions of Catholic women who don’t particularly practice their faith or who, like Miller herself, want to see the church change its mind on fundamental teachings. Of that population, it’s true that many women favor employer-provided contraception. But that’s a different story altogether, not a report on the “followers” and “religious women” that Miller claims to focus on.