All the ongoing discussion of birth control has become a distraction. Basic health care coverage includes coverage for women’s’ procedures and tests, including birth control measures. When a woman law student spoke to Congress, explaiconservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh called the girl a “slut.” Limbaugh is well established in the conservative hierarchy, and a powerful spokesman. Candidates seek his endorsement, and cower before him. But he isn’t known for his diplomacy and civilized attitudes.
The issue in discussion before Congress, and on the Limbaugh program, is not difficult to understand. The Catholic Church strongly abhors abortion, which they extend to birth control measures to prevent pregnancy, or morning after pills to terminate pregnancy at the earliest possible moment, considering such practices murder. Murder in that it robs an innocent unborn child of a life that may have extended to a hundred years. A hundred years of happiness and living is no small thing. Many non-Catholics share that same view. Now the Catholic Church has employees, and these employees are required to have insurance, at the expense of the employer, the Church. With each factor covered in the insurance, the cost rises. This is nothing new, and expected. But since the Catholic employees are expected to have a moral position of adversity to abortion, and birth control, The Catholic decision makers have hoped to avoid the added expense incurred from the rights to abortion and birth control.
It seems that the Catholics are asking, or demanding that the government aid them in their ban of life limiting procedures for Catholics . Some employees assuredly woulopt for birth control if it were available to them. The religion also acknowledges that the populace has free will, and the capacity to make decisions independent of catholic teaching. So, again, the Catholic Church wants the government to aid and abet their non-support of certain medical measures available to the general public. Seen in that simple light, there is no doubt that the church is attempting to transcend the law governing all people, and that they are going to have to pay for the entire policy.
Obama has leaned over backwards, rightly so in his conscience, to respect the Catholic teachings. But the issue seems obvious. If I am in error, someone please correct me.