I know this sounds like a rhetorical question, but I am serious. The Democrat Party, as represented this morning by Debbie Wasserman Schultz claims that because Republicans support the right of religious institutions to make their own decisions about what their insurance policy would cover; Republicans are denying “access” for American women to birth control…. This commonsense conservative want to know – Are you buying it?
Now just to get a little further into this discussion, let’s point out something the media seems to be unwilling to. The ruling in question requires coverage not only for birth control, but also for sterilization and abortifacients or abortion pills. President Obama claimed that he would change the rule to say that religious institutions would not have to pay for the insurance coverage, but that the insurance companies must. In other words, he removes by one step the responsibility for coverage. The institution pays the insurance costs, and then the INSURANCE company pays for the abortions. Now that better isn’t it? I didn’t shoot John, I just bought the gun and give it to Fred and HE shot John! OK then! But what about many religious institutions that self insure? Aren’t they back in the middle again? Of course they are!
But let’s keep slogging on. Here is the first amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
So when the laws of the United States require a religious institution to do things that it is opposed to on religious grounds, isn’t that a violation of the first amendment? Of course it is!
Now, let’s go back to the original argument. Is not paying for something “denying” it to the populace? The government doesn’t pay for my shoes, does that mean the government is anti shoes? Think about all the things the government doesn’t mandate coverage for… Are they anti all those things?
So here’s the big question. Do YOU believe if the government does not mandate that insurance covers birth control, sterilization and pharmacological abortion, they are anti women? This commonsense conservative believes you have a lot more commonsense than that. Do you?