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I said, it’s not about Religion and it’s not about women’s health either!

When the Obama administration announced its policy of mandating employer-sponsored health plans to provide contraception at no charge a big kerfuffle ensued about how this was an attack on religious liberty as the policy ensnared the Catholic Church and other religious institutions that have a moral objection to birth control. I warned then that this is not a religious issue. The question here is whether the federal government has the right to mandate coverage of ANYTHING. Where do they get this right?

Now we're a few weeks down the line and the Obama administration has spun this into a crusade for women's health vs. religious zealots. The assertion is laughable of course. Birth control, without the Obamacare mandate is available to all and incredibly cheap. Birth controls pills can be obtained for $4 a month at Walmart and $9 a month at Target. And that's not even taking into account all the free and reduced cost methods of obtaining it through Medicaid, etc.

There's a great article at the Weekly Standard that everyone should read about this. It is aptly entitled "The High Price of Free Healthcare."

Read and share.

3 comments to I said, it’s not about Religion and it’s not about women’s health either!

  • The Obama administration is making this a women's health vs. "religious craziness" issue because it plays right into the hands of those who are already very skeptical of religion and at the same time champion women's rights. The amount of misinformation on this issue has been staggering. While the Catholic Church very much has the right to believe that contraception is wrong, no serious person in a position of leadership ANYWHERE, whether in the Church or politicians sympathetic to their cause, has advocated for a wholesale ban on contraception. PERIOD. Those are the kind of distortions and lies that need to be combated and replied to at every turn, even if there are people who willfully turn a deaf ear and believe what their heart of hearts want to believe.

  • Robert, I agree but by painting this as a religious freedom issue as opposed to a freedom issue we played right into their hands as I warned we would. This was a carefully constructed bit of strategery. I don't know if it will work. I think there's plenty of people out there with enough common sense to understand that none of the GOP candidates, even Santorum, will restrict access to birth control and that this is a transparent attempt to arouse passions of the moderate middle.