Does the government have the right to tell religious institutions to buy birth control and morning after abortion pills for their employees? Is it enough to have a religious exemption for institutions whose sole goal is to spread their faith? If you have been asking yourself these questions lately, you are asking yourself the wrong questions.
First, let’s briefly address the exemption for religious organizations who solely exist to share their faith. Those organizations are few and far between. Very few religious organizations seek to share their faith without also offering humanitarian aid, social work with teenagers, child services, food and training for the poor. Aid to the poor is one of the largest purposes for the church and for Christians.
The question we should be asking when it comes to the religious exemption, is what about private business owners who object to birth control and morning after pills based on religious principle? Why don’t they get an exemption?
Here is what this debate really comes down to. I am a Protestant Christian and we use birth control. We oppose morning after pills. Every month we shell out $9 for our birth control pills, and I guess we forgo a date for two to McDonalds to do it. I would never ask anyone else to pay that $9 for me. I especially would never ask someone who objected to birth control on religious grounds to pay for it for me. That is the epitome of selfishness.
I guess there are people out there who can’t afford $9 a month and can’t keep it in their pants. Don’t ask religious people to give you that birth control or morning after pill. Don’t ask the government to violate our 1st amendment rights and force us to provide that.
As far as the pro-abortion movement, if you truly believe that “they are just going to do it anyway”, sex among 13 and 14 year olds is a free expression of love, babies are a disease that kill dreams, or whatever, then set up a foundation that collects donations and pays for birth control and morning after pills. You could form the organization after a charitable model like Toys for Tots and deliver a year’s supply of birth control to needy teenagers every Christmas. You could call it Kontraception for Kids. Or how about Planned Parenthood.
Some people mistakenly think this year’s election has anything to do with banning contraception on the federal level. No, it has to do with whether everyone will be forced to pay for each others contraception. It has to do with whether the liberals are going to force people to go against their religious objections and pay for something they find morally reprehensible in violation of their 1st amendment rights. Does the constitution still matter? That is the question in this debate. Nobody is threatening to ban birth control.
If you are on Obama’s side and think Christians, Muslims and Jews should be forced to pay for your contraception, stop and think about how selfish that request is.