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Catholic Insurance Coverage of Contraception Was NEVER About "Religious Freedom", It Was Always About Stopping Women From Getting Contraception

Posted by on Feb. 12, 2012 at 9:12 PM
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Obama Punks the GOP on Contraception

After two solid weeks of Republicans rapidly escalating attacks on contraception access under the banner of "religous freedom," Obama finally announced what the White House is proposing an accomodation of religiously affiliated employers who don't want to offer birth control coverage as part of their insurance plans. In those situations, the insurance companies will have to reach out directly to employees and offer contraception coverage for free, without going through the employer. Insurance companies are down with the plan, because as Matt Yglesias explained at Moneybox, contraception actually saves insurance companies money, since it's cheaper than abortion and far cheaper than childbirth. Because the insurance companies have to reach out to employees directly, there's very little danger of women not getting coverage because they are unaware they're eligible.

That's the nitty-gritty. The fun part of this is that Obama just pulled a fast one on Republicans. He drew this out for two weeks, letting Republicans work themselves into a frenzy of anti-contraception rhetoric, all thinly disguised as concern for religious liberty, and then created a compromise that addressed their purported concerns but without actually reducing women's access to contraception, which is what this has always been about. (As Dana Goldstein reported in 2010, before the religious liberty gambit was brought up, the Catholic bishops were just demanding that women be denied access and told to abstain from sex instead.) With the fig leaf of religious liberty removed, Republicans are in a bad situation. They can either drop this and slink away knowing they've been punked, or they can double down. But in order to do so, they'll have to be more blatantly anti-contraception, a politically toxic move in a country where 99% of women have used contraception.

to read the rest:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2012/02/10/obama_riled_up_republicans_on_contraception_and_then_delivers_a_knock_out_punch_.html

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futureshock
by Ruby Member on Feb. 12, 2012 at 9:14 PM
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I wish more women would realize that Republicans are ANTI-BIRTH CONTROL, and anything else Republicans claim on this issue is just a smoke screen.

xo.MommyW.xo
by Silver Member on Feb. 12, 2012 at 9:16 PM
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Agree 100%.

Quoting futureshock:

I wish more women would realize that Republicans are ANTI-BIRTH CONTROL, and anything else Republicans claim on this issue is just a smoke screen.

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xo.MommyW.xo
by Silver Member on Feb. 12, 2012 at 9:18 PM
They don't want birth control but they complain about the amount of ppl on welfare
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eema.gray
by on Feb. 12, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Hmmmm, sounds like DADT is alive and well under a different guise.

futureshock
by Ruby Member on Feb. 12, 2012 at 9:22 PM


Quoting xo.MommyW.xo:

They don't want birth control but they complain about the amount of ppl on welfare

Exactly.  And what about abortion????  They must want a lot more abortions if they want to stop birth control.

futureshock
by Ruby Member on Feb. 12, 2012 at 9:23 PM


Quoting eema.gray:

Hmmmm, sounds like DADT is alive and well under a different guise.

LMAO!!!  That took me a minute to get!!!  LOL!!!!

Sekirei
by Sevrsaxhtharxxa on Feb. 12, 2012 at 9:23 PM

I knew that... I didn't spend mucho amount of time as a catholic and come away knowing nothing :D

ashleyrenee24
by Ashley on Feb. 12, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Women shouldn't enjoy having sex. They should only have sex if they want a baby.

Quoting futureshock:

I wish more women would realize that Republicans are ANTI-BIRTH CONTROL, and anything else Republicans claim on this issue is just a smoke screen.


xo.MommyW.xo
by Silver Member on Feb. 12, 2012 at 9:26 PM
They want a spike in the safe haven law and or babies in boxes on the side of the road

Quoting futureshock:


Quoting xo.MommyW.xo:

They don't want birth control but they complain about the amount of ppl on welfare

Exactly.  And what about abortion????  They must want a lot more abortions if they want to stop birth control.

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xo.MommyW.xo
by Silver Member on Feb. 12, 2012 at 9:27 PM
Please tell me that's not serious

Quoting ashleyrenee24:

Women shouldn't enjoy having sex. They should only have sex if they want a baby.

Quoting futureshock:

I wish more women would realize that Republicans are ANTI-BIRTH CONTROL, and anything else Republicans claim on this issue is just a smoke screen.


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