Birth Control That Is Free

Posted on January 26, 2012 by

No, not the recent federal rule that requires church-affiliated employers to provide birth control for their employees, but the kind of birth control that involves keeping your fly/legs closed. But apparently that sort of self-control is too much to ask for decended-from-apes American citizens, and once again government force is being employed to coerce the faithful into violating their consciences wrt abortifacients:

Many church-affiliated institutions will have to cover free birth control for employees, the Obama administration announced Friday [January 20th, 2012] in an election-year move that outraged religious groups, fueling a national debate about the reach of government.

In a concession, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said nonprofit institutions such as church-affiliated hospitals, colleges and social service agencies will have one additional year to comply with the requirement, issued in regulations under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

“I believe this proposal strikes the appropriate balance between respecting religious freedom and increasing access to important preventive services,” Sebelius said in a statement.

Liberals and women’s rights groups praised the decision, saying that women who work for religious employers should not have to accept a lower standard of health coverage.

“The administration stood firm,” said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “As a result millions will get access to contraception, and they will not have to ask their bosses for permission.”

First, we have Federal funding for PP, compulsory and paid for out of your tax dollars, and now this. Anyone want to take bets on how long it will be before any claim of religious exemption will be overruled?

We’re no longer simply post-Christian, we’re post-Constitutional, and well on our way to the establishment of a government-approved religion and church.

Note also the feminist group’s language here, in support of this Federal rule: “women…should not have to accept a lower standard of health coverage” and “…not have to ask their bosses for permission”. Such statements assume employment as a public good, where employers are forced to hire employees or employees are forced to take a job at Company A or church-affiliated organization B. But the reality is that women can choose to work where they like…and if they don’t want to work at either of those places, they can do so, and either control their sexual urges or pay for the BC themselves out of their own pocket.

This is what you get when property rights, and the rights of free association, are abridged in favor of “justice” or “fairness” or levelling. So-called “women’s rights” once again entail reaching past a woman’s nose and the taking of someone else’s stuff or exertion of control over another’s body. Further, once can no longer associate with whom one wishes, and one may no longer acquire and dispose of one’s own property as he or she wishes.