March 14, 2012
On Feb. 10, President Obama announced a new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services policy that would require religious affiliated institutions to cover all birth control contraceptives for their employees. This policy created a public battle about how far government involvement should go and the role that religious freedom should play in health care.
After an outcry from the Catholic Church saying that this new mandate was a violation of religious freedom, Obama offered a compromise on Feb. 11, which would require insurers to provide contraception to female employees instead of their religious employers. While keeping religious liberty is essential to our democracy, so is the right for women to access contraception.
Providing contraception to women without a co-payment and a deductible can ensure that women are covered in the case of an unplanned pregnancy and other medical reasons, such as an ovarian cyst or menstrual cramps that would lessened by using birth control pills.
Employers shouldn’t judge whether women are acting morally or immorally because they take birth control for any reason. Rather, that’s a decision that women should make themselves.
Although this is an issue about women’s health, women have not recently been able to get their…» Read More