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Republican Sues to Keep Wife & Daughters From Accessing Birth Control

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Republican Sues to Keep Wife & Daughters From Accessing Birth Control

A (male, Republican, natch) Missouri state representative is suing the federal government for a personal family exemption from the Obamacare birth control mandate on the grounds that it violates his religious liberty. Since we can assume that this male Republican is not worried about blocking his own access to a pharmaceutical made for and taken exclusively by women, we can conclude that this guy is basically suing to keep his wife and daughters from having the option to access free birth control. I guess I missed that day in Catechism when we learned about how the Church believes that the man's religion gets to determine his wife and female offspring's insurance benefits.

To be fair, State Rep. Paul Wieland isn't alone in his lawsuit; joining him is his wife, Theresa. The pair claim that simply having the option to access copay-free birth control through Wieland's state-provided insurance plan violates their Catholic faith, which famously views birth control as basically punching God in the face (God, in his omnipotence, has yet to use his magic to overcome birth control nor is he able to make fetuses less abortable, but give him time. Angels in Godlab are working around the clock to overcome the simple inventions of the people God created). Wieland and his wife have three daughters, all of whom would be ostensibly blocked from accessing birth control if Paul and Theresa's dumbass lawsuit is successful. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“I see abortion-inducing drugs as intrinsically evil, and I cannot in good conscience preach one thing to my kids and then just go with the flow on our insurance,” said Rep. Wieland, who has three daughters. “This is a moral conundrum for me. Do I just cancel the coverage and put my family at risk? I don’t believe in what the government is doing.”

Do lie-riddled arguments like this give anyone else an instant stress headache? Rather than pointing out all the falsehoods and laughable moral inconsistencies in that statement, I encourage all of you to Highlights: For Kids-style Seek N' Find them. Here's a freebie: birth control doesn't and never has induced abortions; it just interferes with ovulation and possibly sperm mobility. Go!

Further, here's a neat trick that I use when I want to "exempt" myself from certain benefits my insurance plan provides: I don't use them. I don't have diabetes, so I don't use insulin. I've used prescription anxiety medication in the past, but I didn't like how it made me feel, so I don't use it. I'm uncomfortable with the idea of an IUD because I know, like, four people who have gotten pregnant while using them, so I haven't used my insurance benefits to get one. I don't have a dick, so I don't use Viagra.

I don't do things all the time. I'm not doing literally dozens of things right now.

Moreover, it always raises my hackles when allegedly religious people play pick and choose with the tenets of their faith, dishing up a heaping plate of sexual moralizing but skipping the entire peace/anti-poverty/compassion hot bar like a lumpy tub of gravy. Catholicism isn't Old Country Buffet, folks. It's prix fixe, and the chef is super cranky about substitutions. And if the Wielands are So Very Catholic that it's an egregious moral violation for them to have the option to use birth control, then we can expect them to sue the federal government for exemption from paying taxes that support wars that the Church condemns as well, right? We can expect to see the Wielands selling their possessions and giving them to the poor, like that Jesus dude did, right? And it should completely go without saying that the Wielands should support any and all social safety net programs that provide for the less fortunate, right?

I'm not holding my breath.



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by on Jan. 2, 2014 at 3:30 AM
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kailu1835
by Ruby Member on Jan. 3, 2014 at 6:40 PM
Parents have the right to raise their kids however they see fit. If his daughters are under-aged, then yes, they are bound by their parents rules.

Quoting mikiemom:

 bull fucking shit - his kids can do whatever they want whether or not the recieved first communion or were confirmed. This is what is wrong with catholics, they believe this drivil.


Quoting invisibleme: They are if they truly were raised in the church received first communion and confirmation if not then they can chose to do what they want as the are not Catholic like dad.


Quoting autodidact:

so? his daughters aren't obligated by their parents catholic wedding or faith to be catholic or avoid use of birth control. 


Quoting invisibleme: If he and his wife got married in a catholic church she agreed to allow her children to be raised catholic.



 

autodidact
by Platinum Member on Jan. 3, 2014 at 6:46 PM

I hear you!

kind of defeats the "convenience" of speaking rather than typing, doesn't it? 

Quoting kailu1835: Ugh. I swear my tablet hates me. That should have read under-aged.

Quoting autodidact:

if they are insurance? his daughters? what do you mean? 

Quoting kailu1835: If they are insurance, yes, they are.



Quoting autodidact:

so? his daughters aren't obligated by their parents catholic wedding or faith to be catholic or avoid use of birth control. 

Quoting invisibleme: If he and his wife got married in a catholic church she agreed to allow her children to be raised catholic.




kailu1835
by Ruby Member on Jan. 3, 2014 at 7:23 PM
Lol yep. Every once in a while the space bar doesn't get touched just right and three words get combined, and the tablet just guesses what you were trying to say. Usually it is WAAAAAAY off.

Quoting autodidact:

I hear you!

kind of defeats the "convenience" of speaking rather than typing, doesn't it? 

Quoting kailu1835: Ugh. I swear my tablet hates me. That should have read under-aged.



Quoting autodidact:

if they are insurance? his daughters? what do you mean? 

Quoting kailu1835: If they are insurance, yes, they are.





Quoting autodidact:

so? his daughters aren't obligated by their parents catholic wedding or faith to be catholic or avoid use of birth control. 

Quoting invisibleme: If he and his wife got married in a catholic church she agreed to allow her children to be raised catholic.




Goodwoman614
by Satan on Jan. 3, 2014 at 9:25 PM
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Quoting Its.me.Sam.:

omfg.  people are ridiculous.  you dont want to use it then DONT.  what is it with people who want everyone else to be forced to conform to someone else's ideals.  what makes them so in need of this kind of control????

That is simple. They are religious ideologues. They might actually think they are hewing to their professed ideals, but at the very least on a subconscious level they have markedly extreme egos. They think they must lift their legs and spray, mark their territory. They don't or won't admit to the extreme arrogance and presumptuousness of it. They hide behind their "religion" and a bastardized notion of "religious freedom."

Yes. They are free to choose as they might.

Increasingly, we are finding ourselves: not so much.

It is due to people like this.

Just look at the martyr crowd here on this board for more examples.

A-nony-mous
by Bronze Member on Jan. 3, 2014 at 10:41 PM

I hate people who feel the need to make a political stance and grandstanding out of everything

If they see something they don't agree with on TV, instead of turning it off or changing the channel, they sue the broadcasting station.

If they read something they don't agree with, instead of not reading it again or getting rid of that book in their personal library, they campaign to have it banned from large areas. 

And then shit like this. He could quietly not use that provision and I doubt his daughters would ever know it existed but instead he has to have his 12 minutes of fame by filing a frivolous and stupid lawsuit.  

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