I never in a million years thought this blog would see a post about birth control and employers but here goes...
The imbroglio raging on over the decision to require Catholichospitals and universities to provide contraception in employee health plans is itself nefarious at best. These institutions are secular in their operations and do not hire based on acceptance of Church doctrine or inscription in or subscription to the Catholic - or even Christian faiths. 'What religion are you?" isn't a question on the employment application.. as of course it shouldn't be.
If Catholics are 100% true adherents then there won't be any scripts written,agnosco? Or is the fear that if healthcare insurance covers birth control, all of a sudden good Catholics employed in secular but affiliated institutions who have never used it will all of a sudden hike pharmaceutical demand for the pill? Is the Catholic Church so naive as to think that the good and faithful would fall for that? How about giving the 25% of Catholic women who follow Church teachings on procreation some credit for God's sake..
Actual houses of worship that are employers like churches,synagogues, etc., still have reprieve. Yet, I'm willing to bet a lot that where there is a rectory secretary that doesn't have a family the size of the Duggars - there is birth control going on in one form or another or infertility. And if you put Mrs. Duggar - a fundamentalist Christian, not Catholic, in front of a packet of Ortho Novum, she would turn her nose up at it, start reciting scripture and recount how God sent her a miscarriage because she had dabbled with it in her younger years - and it would be her right to do so.
This is not about religious freedom, this is about dominance and papal pissing on a fire hydrant - the religious have the freedom to becelibate, abstain according to their guiding doctrine and principles and bear all the fruit their their bodies can produce. They have the freedom to walk right past condoms in the mini-mart and no pressure or compulsion whatsoever to use any form of birth control. Let this be between them and the confessional...
Let it not be between healthcare providers and employers and for Pete's sake let's call a spade a spade. This is a plot to dethrone the President...
Employers don't give anything away for free including 100% employer paid healthcare benefits. Benefits are part of a total compensation package that the employee earns while toiling away to keep them in the black. They should have the right to spend / use what they earn as they see fit.
The whole thing about no birth control and having families the size of small herds is nothing but man's out dated way of trying to keep women subjugated. - most men don't even believe this anymore.
P.S. It's still OK to pay for men's erectile dysfunction meds and penile pumps and implants - right?
Update to this post
March 2, 2012 - Rush Limbaugh hasdefinitively proved himself as a narcissistic malechauvinistwith his rants on this issue and verbal degradation of Georgetown Universitylaw student Sandra Fluke, calling her a 'slut' after her testimony on this issue, before theHouse Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. In contrast, while Limbaugh foamed at the mouth while verbalizing his porn fetish, Fluke remained composed and professional in her response to his bizarre and inappropriate rhetoric.
While this issue is out of hand and ugly, I hope this event is one that helps positively shape Fluke's law career both innotorietyand content and wish her the very best of success.
April 6, 2012 - I love the way someecards.com adds to current events. Sometimes you need an image to compliment your sentiments.