In response to Burr Deming's Sexual Health Wedge
If the idea of drastically increasing regulation of women's health is to become a wedge issue, convincing voters to switch allegiance, the intensity is undeniable. It is easy to envision voters changing sides.
It is only difficult to imagine those votes flowing in any direction except away from Republicans, the imagined political party of aspirins and chastity belts.
- Burr Deming, March 2, 2012
Burr, I recently wrote a post on this issue of contraception and the abortifacients that the latest HHS regulation mandates. It amazes me that this is disingenuously characterized as a "womens health issue" instead of the unambiguous assault on our first amendment right that it really is.
First, it doesn't matter if anyone else believes as Catholics and other folks of like mind do regarding abortion and contraception. It is enough that we believe it. The sanctity of life is not some peripheral doctrine of the Church but is rather a core tenet of the faith. As such, it is protected under the right to the free exercise of religion as stipulated in the first amendment.
Second, once again, by what authority does the federal government have the right to tell a private company, such as insurance companies, what services they must provide? Please point to the section in the Constitution that allows this. I was under the impression that all powers not specifically given to the federal government were reserved by the states or the people. But, if you are willing to disregard the first amendment, what the heck is stopping one from disregarding the tenth as well, huh?
It was bad enough when our President took over private car companies, fired the executives, told them which cars they were going to make going forward (no more Pontiacs, Hummers, etc) and then gave majority ownership to the UAW instead of the bond-holders of the company's debt. Why that didn't cause enough outrage to impeach a President with no regard for private property is one thing.
Now, President Obama and his willing allies such as Harry Reid, are not only ensuring that once again the government will be dictating what private companies will be selling (contraception this time) but they are doing so in direct violation of one of our most sacred constitutional rights.
I have come to the conclusion that if this is allowed to stand, we have indeed finally lost this once great country and "Reverend" Wright is correct, because even if God has not technically damned America, God must certainly have removed His blessing from this once free nation, and deservedly so.
We are pleased to welcome back our T. Paine with his conservative challenge to our delicate liberal sensibilities. He comes out of retirement, we hope for more than this single rebuttal. He elaborates on his dissent on his own site.
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Regarding your first point, no one is impinging on catholic or other's belief opposing birth control or abortion. If Catholic's don't want to participate in contraception, no one is forcing them to take a pill. However, freedom of religion does not mean that you or your company get to make it more difficult for those of different faith to follow their own beliefs or to participate in health programs otherwise supported by the nation.
If you worked for a company run by Christian scientists, would you want your healthcare for cancer limited to prayer? Especially if you found out later the religious objection to medical procedure was a ruse to save company costs?
we are a society run by majority rule and constitutional principles, not a bunch of demagogues imposing our beliefs on others and refusing to participate in society just because we don't fully agree with every decision made by others.
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