The Contraception Issue: Women’s Health or Religious Freedom

17 02 2012

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof

The left would love to make this issue of mandating religious-run institutions to provide free contraceptives and abortifacients into a women’s health issue.  They made that the case yesterday during a hearing of religious leaders where they voiced their opinions on the matter.  However, if this was about the issue of contraceptives, then why bring it up now?  Why would Republicans (and some Democrats) only be taking issue with this after the Obama administration announced that they were going to force this mandate on those who have religious objections to it?  The answer is common sense to most people but I am going to clear it up as both a woman and a Catholic.  No one is attempting to block women from accessing contraceptives.  Even those who object to this mandate are not, in any way, restricting accessibility for anyone.  The argument is over whether or not religions should be forced with betraying their beliefs or face heavy fines if they fail to comply.

If we play the games that the left is attempting to manipulate this issue with, then I would have some questions for them.  If this is about women’s health, then why are abortions legal?  There is plenty of evidence that abortions are harmful to women, both physically and mentally.  In the spirit of improving women’s health, why not mandate free mammograms?  Or free cancer treatments? I think I could continue with these examples for quite a while.

I wanted to end with a couple of quotes from one of my favorite Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson:

In justice, too, to our excellent Constitution, it ought to be observed, that it has not placed our religious rights under the power of any public functionary.

If the freedom of religion, guaranteed to us by law in theory, can ever rise in practice under the overbearing inquisition of public opinion, then and only then will truth, prevail over fanaticism.

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