Turning their backs on Catholic women
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Seeking to allay the concerns of Catholic leaders and head off an escalating political storm, President Obama on Friday announced an adjustment to the administration’s health-care rule requiring religiously affiliated employers to provide contraceptive coverage to women.
Women still will be guaranteed coverage for contraceptive services without any out-of-pocket cost, but will have to seek the coverage directly from their insurance companies if their employers object to birth control on religious grounds…
Religiously-affiliated non-profit employers such as schools, charities, universities, and hospitals will be able to provide their workers with plans that exclude such coverage. However, the insurance companies that provide the plans will have to offer those workers the opportunity to obtain additional contraceptive coverage directly, at no additional charge.
Churches remain exempt from the birth-control coverage requirement. And their workers will not have the option of obtaining separate contraceptive coverage under the new arrangement.
The administration’s decision to make an adjustment reflected the high political stakes of an issue that had generated intense criticism in recent days from a growing chorus of Catholic and Republicans leaders, as well as some Democrats. In Congress and on the campaign trail, leading Republicans attacked the Obama administration’s position as a war on religion.
The article carries on with the usual blather about even-handedness, reflection, blah, blah, blah.
The decision is one of opportunism and cowardice from a politician without the backbone of Richard Nixon. Nixon may have been a crook – but he signed off on the 1970 Title X Public Health Service Act supporting access to contraception. Obama sounds like he wouldn’t sign it 42 years later.
Republicans may be right-wing ideologues; but, they’re willing to stand up and confront the overwhelming majority of our populace, men and women — and advocate for backwards religious concepts that have nothing to do with civil rights, science or advancing society. Obama hasn’t the courage to defend women, civil rights, science or society.
I thought I was only being pressed to vote against the evil of two lessers in the coming election. It appears I haven’t even that much of a choice. If I only get to choose between a reactionary politician and an opportunist who won’t stand up to reactionary politicians – I can refuse to vote for either one.