In all the hoopla over “contraception” these past few weeks, the real issue has purposely been masked. The false premise that is being paraded around is that this is an assault on women’s healthcare and that women are being denied contraception. Nothing could be further from the truth. The government already pays for contraception and abortion services through its subsidies to Planned Parenthood. While the pundits may try to portray it as a women’s health issue, that is not honest assessment of what is happening. How is preventing or terminating a pregnancy a healthcare issue? To be sexually active and risk pregnancy is a choice.
The real issue is about freedom of religion and the government completely ignoring and circumventing the Constitution. This mandate absolutely goes against the First Amendment, which specifically prohibits the making of any law that impedes the free exercise of religion.
It is unprecedented for our government to tell religious institutions how they must operate.
The government wants to force religious institutions to cover services which go against the very foundation of their belief system. Complying with this mandate is a direct violation of what the Church and other religious groups believe in.
It makes one wonder - Is the government’s true objective to undermine our freedom of religion – the very thing our country was founded on?
If a religious institution refuses to comply, they face hefty fines, which will ultimately lead to these organizations having to close their doors. All the good that Catholic charities do for people of all races and creeds will be wiped out. Who loses? The people who benefited from the generosity of these organizations, that’s who.
No matter how others want to spin the issue, it all comes back to being an assault on our First Amendment rights.
As a side note, let’s look at what insurance is supposed to be about. People pay for insurance to protect themselves from unforeseen disasters so they are able to pay for damages and, in the case of sickness, so they can pay for healthcare.
Insurance is not about paying for our choices and activities. With sex comes the responsibility of knowing a pregnancy could occur. How is it that anyone should have to pay for this? And worse yet, how can people sit idly by and think that this is just fine for our government to be controlling and making these decision? How can this possibly go hand in hand with our belief in individual rights and freedom of choice? It goes against our founding principles.
For a group of people who don’t like to be told what they can and cannot do, they certainly seem to be far too willing to allow their government to start dictating the rules. Of course, the pendulum always swings the other way and when the tables turn I’m sure they will not be too happy that they fully complied in allowing the government to dictate issues in anyone’s life and to be part of the slippery slope into full government control of every aspect of our lives.