The Obama administration seems determined to turn the United States into a European-style welfare state. While doing so he also seems set on scoring points with women’s rights and secularist groups, all under the guise of health care reform. The fact he’s trampling on religious freedom and respect for rights of conscience seems a mere irritation to the president.
I’m referring, of course, to President Barack Obama’s contraception policy and his recent modification thereto in his attempt to mollify Roman Catholic bishops and others who disagree with a ruling last month by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandating that all employers provide free access to contraception for female workers.
Many Roman Catholics oppose the use of contraception and, understandably, object to the president’s policy because they see it as an attack on religious liberty on the basis that the federal government is forcing Roman Catholic-affiliated charities, hospitals and schools to violate traditional church doctrine.
As one listens as Obama’s spokespersons try to justify his birth control policy on the grounds of “preventive health,” one wonders: is pregnancy now considered to be a disease to be prevented?
The policy is clearly an attempt to pander to those women’s groups who believe that not only should women have the right to chose the timing of their pregnancies (which they inherently have now and have always had), but the rest of society should share the cost.
The new rule also panders to secularists who wish to strip religious groups of all prerogatives, even those guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Of all the medications that could be mandated by the federal government on the grounds of “preventive health,” contraception seems among the least logical or necessary. With skin cancers on the rise, sunscreen would have been a more logical and necessary choice and would have done more for the health of the nation.