Sandra Fluke complained that during the time spent as a law student, contraception could cost $3,000 or more, and that 40% of the female population at Georgetown University Law School suffered financial hardship because of the high cost of birth control, which the student insurance policy didn’t cover. Her testimony before Congress prompted Rush Limbaugh to make remarks about Fluke, saying that she was a “slut” and a “prostitute” and that she wanted the taxpayers to pay for her promiscuous lifestyle. He ended up apologizing to her for his comments stating that he only intended to be humorous.But this is no laughing matter now.
Under ObamaCare, the Health and Human Services issued a mandate which took effect August 1st. HHS is mandating that all employers (with very few exceptions) provide insurance that covers “all Food and Drug Administration approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity,” and the contraceptive methods include abortifacient drugs.
Catholic and pro-life organizations and family businesses are livid over the new requirements, lamenting that this marks the beginning of the end of religious freedom in America. Christian businesses and organizations can either comply with the new mandate while acting against their consciences or face hefty fines on the order of $100 per day per employee.
One federal court case a few days before the mandate effective date resulted in a temporary injunction for a Catholic, family owned HVAC business in Colorado, preventing the Obama administration from enforcing its mandates. Had the business not been exempted, they would have owed millions of dollars in penalties per year for non-compliance. But this exemption only applied to them, and even it is temporary.
Certain groups might be granted a 12-month “safe harbor”, after which implementation of the mandate will be required, but most employers, hospitals and schools are now required to offer insurance that covers “women’s preventive services”.
Usually, “preventive care” refers to measures that can be taken to prevent illnesses, like cancer. It looks like they’re treating pregnancy like a cancer. I guess it’s not surprising. They’ve called an unborn baby anything from a “mass of tissue” to a parasite. Babies are burdens these days. Our culture wants the lifestyle of casual sex with no consequences.
And now, because businesses and schools are required to include sterilization, abortifacient drugs and contraceptives in their health plans, it provides the perfect and “free” escape from responsibility. But the fact that it is now free won’t encourage women to use them, at least according to Democrat Representative Jan Schakowsky from Illinois: “This isn’t about promoting sterilization…No one–there aren’t college girls lining up to become sterilized because they feel like it.”
But it does create a situation of moral hazard. The easier it is to access contraceptives and sterilization procedures, the more promiscuous our culture will become; hence, the HHS mandates on coverage for screenings and treatments for all sorts of STD’s.
On one hand, it’s horrible knowing that we are forced to pay taxes to fund mandates that promote abortion. On the other hand, while we fight to get this monstrosity of a bill repealed and replaced with nothing, this is just another case of liberals mandating themselves into extinction.