Ohio Diary #16: Local Newspaper: Speaking Out Column

Today in my local newspaper, the speak-up column was on contraception.  You will find that in at least one comment, their ignorance shows.  They think this is about abortion and not healthcare.  I will reserve my comments for the end of this post:

http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODE/SpringfieldNewsSun/?href=SNS/2012/02/11

At this link you can read these comments for yourself.  I will post a few and comment at the end.

Present Obama’s attack on Christians on the healthcare issue is just another example of his disregard for the Constitution.  It is not a doormat to be trampled on. It is to be respected and used properly.  Eight years of this man would devastate our republic.

Please help stop the hysteria and propaganda.  Someone needs to clarify to the public that allowing access to or providing coverage for birth-control products in the new healthcare bill does not force anyone to use the products.  It only offers coverage and lets women have a choice.  The word “force” is being used loosely to incite anger and fear. Let’s get the argument to the realities.

It’s a step backward for women’s rights.  Why should these places be able to impose their religious on their employees?  They don’t want women to use birth control to prevent an unwanted pregnancy, but they don’t want them to have an abortion to end it either.

I think employers should offer birth control coverage. Birth control is fairly expense and, without coverage, a lot women can’t afford it.  The women affected by this decision are the ones who are being responsible by preventing “unwanted” pregnancies. These same religious organizations and emplyers are generally against abortions, but they don’t want to offer an acceptable solution, which would be birth control coverage……..

It is not the coverage for the “birth control” that is the issue  It’s the wording within this that also allows it to cover abortion and abortion-related measures.  They should not be forced by the government by any means whatsoever.

The way this has been conflated on the right to mean “Obama is forcing Catholic schools to give out condoms and provide abortions” has been pretty hilarious to watch….

I hope the U.S. Supreme Court does hear the case and puts an end to it, once and for all. Precedent is on the side of me being able to access healthcare and decide when and if I want to have more children.  Sorry religious conservatives, but my body belongs to me. You may not like it, but I have the right to have sex and not conceive.

      The Catholic Bishops and The Catholic Church consider contraception to be immoral.  We do have to respect some matters of conscience.  Their argument that Boenher has jumped on is that this is a violation of the First Amendment, Freedom of Religion.  It is ludicrous.  No one is saying you have lost your right to worship, lost your religion, or that the government has instituted one central religion.  The Bishops mistake was to include all women and not just the Catholics is this objection.  They have no right to speak for me.  It doesn’t apply to churches themselves or their devotion arms.  It applies to religious enterprises like hospitals and university that serve secular purposes, take taxpayer dollars, employ thousands of non-catholic women, and are already required to obey many and varied secular regulations.  At these organizations, the money that pays for employee healthcare doesn’t come the

church, it comes out of the income stream they get from their customers and clients

    .  This is not about religious freedom, it is as David Boise stated on The Last Word, this is about labor laws.

The Bishops took on this fight  on behalf of all women and they have lost.  We should celebrate.  These Bishops and their supporters, who probably use contraception, should be ashamed.

 

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