This Week’s Comic: Fallopitarians Protest Health Care Law

Few things are as grating as watching pundits like David Brooks get on a sanctimonious high horse about contraception and religious freedom, as though they were one with the salt-of-the-earth faithfolk. No matter that religious groups can be quite energetic about dictating public policy for those who believe differently than they do. If anything, forcing employees to conform to your religious beliefs seems to violate their freedom of conscience. It’s not like the owners of Catholic hospitals and universities are being forced to pop the Pill themselves, or shtup with a government-mandated jimmy hat. Somewhere high above, the aliens are laughing at us.

And yes, my rendering of the Fallopitarian bishop is partly inspired by the Church Lady.


  • Tom

    This brings up something I’d like to share with any right-wingers visiting: Will you please, please stop saying “Ram down our throats” as a metaphor for legislation or policy you diasagree with? The reason I ask is here in our fair state we had Republican Representative Bob Allen who left office after he was arrested to offering to let a plainclothes cop ram something…oh, never mind.

    The funniest thing about that was his “official photos” at the Legislature’s web site that showed him holding wireless microphones in a way that was not a little Freudian.

  • Elmore

    I’m entirely in favor of health plans covering contraception, but I think this whole dustup is the result of a rather clumsy move on the part of the Obama administration. Couldn’t they have waited until November or December to bring this up, once Obama has (hopefully) dispatched whichever of those dipshits ends up with the GOP nomination? It’s not exactly new for the Catholics to throw a big public tantrum when they don’t get their way.

  • Miriam

    a friend of mine who saw this comic as asked me to make a Fallopitarian Bishop Mitre…I’m looking forward the crafting challenge!

  • Jen Sorensen

    I would love to see a photo of that if you do it!

  • S Hatch

    You should get a G+ button, This is great stuff.

  • Jen Sorensen

    Thanks. I went through my site recently updating the social networking tools, but the index page of the blog is still tricky. Individual posts have their own share buttons if you click on the titles, but I haven’t figured out how to make sharing tools unique to each post on the front page.

  • Janosh

    As long as th PRIVATE employer is paying the insurance bill, and where I work it’s about 20 k per family, then they should get to decide what that includes. Remember it’s a benefit, optional for the employer to provide, not a right. It is not free and does not come from the public or taxpayers. It is no different than an employer buying you lunch but saying he doesn’t want to buy you a pork sammich because it’s against their belief system of the benevolent order of purple sausage people, and they’d prefer not to be party to a transaction that according to their belief system, right or wrong in your eyes, would damn them to eternal suffering, or they just have a thing for pigs because seeing the movie babe pig in the city changed their life. Feel free to pick from the rest of the menu though. Again these are PRIVATE institutions and it’s not their obligation to provide any benefits beyond the minimum wage and hour compliance. Why does no one seem to get that this has nothing to do with women’s reproductive right, contraception, or free government anything? The government isn’t paying the bill, The employer pays the premiums, and it’s a big number!

  • Jen Sorensen

    Yes, and that number will get even bigger without covering birth control. A religious group is free to do whatever they want within the church, but when they start a business that serves and employs non-believers, they have to participate in the rules of civilized society. That includes paying a minimum wage (as you say), serving minorities, and following environmental laws. Being a “private” business doesn’t mean existing in a vacuum. Why should employees’ freedom of conscience be dictated by their employer? Personally, I would prefer to buy into a public health insurance option instead of the silly employer-based system we have now but as long as anti-health insurance-choice forces are aligned against that, employers need to follow the law. I would also add that opposing birth control is a ridiculous belief in the 21st century, one not even practiced by most Catholics.

  • Janosh

    The rules of civilized society don’t include guaranteed health benefits as part of your compensation package. It’s that simple. Also who your business serves has nothing to do at all with how you compensate employees, so the argument that they ‘serve nonbelievers’ has no relevance for even casual mention within the discussion. When health insurance is a public or government provided entitlement then it can be all things for all people. However, for now that’s not the case. As long as the employer is paying the premium then they get to pick or they can decide to offer no benefits whatsoever, which would serve the complainers right. And that also ends your freedom of conscience argument as they have the choice to engage in whatever medical procedures they like, so long as they pay for it out of their own pocket. I have a company car, but if I want to use it for something my employer doesn’t agree with then I pay for the gas to get me there. Gift horses and mouths as they say… This has nothing to do with religion, so stop hiding behind that, all of you.

  • Janosh

    Btw feel free to reference the empirical data source for your ‘most Catholics’ statement. Also just to clarify, your argument is essentially that Christians are dumb, so the basic principle of law in America, that the govt can’t force one to engage in a transaction that’s against one belief system, shouldn’t apply in this case. Yep, whatever your opinion or whim should be the rule of law… Nice try.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.