Thank the Lord! Common sense has prevailed!
The senate has rejected a Republican proposal to exempt Catholic affiliated employers from being required to offer employees insurance coverage for women's contraceptives, like the birth control pill.
The debate over birth control and what was titled the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act is far from over, however. Expect to see this issue be blown out of proportion and utilized during the upcoming presidential election by conservatives.
The main reason this bill was not passed was not, sadly, because the senate felt ALL female employees should have access to effective contraceptives (if they CHOOSE), but because the wording was too broad. Meaning, the legislation could be used to deny more benefits from women than just birth control pills.
On top of calling the amendment to Barack Obama's healthcare law "an extreme, ideological amendment," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid explained:
"It would allow any employer or insurer to deny coverage for virtually any treatment for virtually any reason."
Along with our president, we don't want ANY coverage to be denied based off of religious principles. Like we said before, Catholics would be covered under their insurance for contraceptives, BUT do not have to use them! People opposed to women having affordable access to birth control act like the government is forcing pills down their throat.
If you ask us, this entire debate is silly, illogical, nonsensical, and most importantly, distracting. There are bigger issues affecting the country (like that pothole we keep running over on the way to work) that need to be addressed and this debate is only preventing government officials from addressing them.
If the use of contraceptives is against your belief (which we totally respect) and your insurance policy makes them readily available, we have a VERY easy solution for you: Don't use them!
Holy crap! Crazy thought, right? No need to thank us. This piece of advice is on the house.
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