Thursday, February 07, 2013

The Contraceptive Mandate

by Edd Doerr (

The Affordable Care Act (misnamed Obamacare) requires that church-related institutions such as hospitals, colleges and charities' health insurance programs cover contraceptive services. This has caused a ruckus among the Catholic bishops (though not the Catholic nuns) and some conservative evangelical leaders, who complain that the mandate violates their religious liberty. They conveniently overlook the fact that these institutions employ and serve vast numbers of women of every religious persuasion, AND, importantly, are generously subsidized by taxes extracted from Americans of every religious or nonreligious persuasion.

These theocrats seem to have this mantra or litany, "Give us your tax dollars but do not even think of imposing any regulations that might not be in sync with our medieval dogmas or our dubious religious liberty claims."

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