Peter Laarman: The one and only arena in which government must always give way in order to guarantee free exercise is in the internal and liturgical aspects of religious life.
Reproductive rights, according to the World Health Organization, include the recognition that all couples and individuals have the right to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing and timing of their children and also have the right to have the information and means to do so, and the right to attain the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health. They also include the right of all to make decisions concerning reproduction free of discrimination, coercion and violence.
Lately, the sound of galloping hooves and rustling white sheets has risen in a deafening squall from the Capitol. Like their Klan ancestors, elite white males in Congress’ political lynch mob are once again savaging communities of color. The House’s vote to gut Planned Parenthood is a criminal act against poor and working class women [...]