The Catholic Church, moral paragon of all recent millenia, is leading the charge against the Obama Administration’s decision requiring health insurance companies to offer the option of prescription birth control coverage to women.
According to bloviating bishops + many republicans, this option infringes on an insurance company’s 1st Amendment religious right to deny medication…or something.
(Imagine if the Church had confronted its rampant pedophilia problem with such zeal.)
Rick Santorum is taking time away from bemoaning the horror of granting property + visitation rights to two dudes who love eachother in order to consolidate the haters behind this issue. Mitt Romney is losing ground because conservatives don’t believe he’s really into controlling the reproductive health of women and shrinking government down to the size where he can save it from your vagina. (That’s -1, Mittens.)
Politically, this issue may fire up the GOP “base,” but for most Americans, the antiquated war on women’s health is probably getting old. The fact that birth control is beneficial to women’s health by allowing them to regulate periods, space out pregnancies, etc. is just too much to handle, and certainly infringes on conservatives and the Church’s rights to regulate American uteruses (uteri?).
Furthermore, the fact that women have sex for pleasure (or because they’re bored, it’s Wednesday, etc) is enough to make some heads explode. However, that’s not true for the majority of Americans – Catholics included.
Public Religion Research Institute, asked if all employers should be required to offer healthcare plans that cover contraception:
- All Americans: broad agreement, 55%-40%
- Catholics: broad agreement, 58%-37%
the second survey asked the general question first (getting similar results to the PRRI survey) and then asked specifically if Catholic hospitals and universities should be included:
- All Americans: broad agreement, 57%-39%
- Catholics: broad agreement, 53%-45%
Don’t worry, Bishops. There will probably be a bigger religious exemption so you can still provide your white-haired minions with a 4-hour Boner Pill to produce genetically messed up sperm, while denying approved and prescribed drugs for female employees. At least your generation-to-generation consistency is admirable.