Kay Steiger

The Notre Dame petition against the birth control mandate got fewer than 100 signatories

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Inside Higher Ed highlights the folks who are working on the Notre Dame petition to oppose the birth control mandate in the Affordable Care Act, which would require colleges to provide plans that offer birth control as free preventative care (paid for by the insurance companies, not the colleges) even if that colleges religion opposes contraception. But near the bottom of the article, I noticed this:

So far, the petition has fewer than 100 signatures, though [one of the petition’s three authors Kathryn] Pogin said they include quite a few faculty members as well as graduate students. She said she would like to see at least 200 signatures before delivering the petition to the administration.

Sorry, but HAHAHAHAHA. Fewer than 100? Last I checked, Notre Dame had 8,452 undergraduates, so the idea that they couldn’t even get 100 to sign on is a little, um, sad. Maybe this is because roughly 99 percent of women use birth control in America. For the record, Change.org has gotten 128,420 people to sign a petition for banning styrofoam cups at Jamba Juice.

Written by kaysteiger

July 23, 2012 at 4:26 PM

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