Taxpayer-funded Birth Control a Constitutional right?

Posted By on August 11, 2011

We have posted many articles in past years about birth control, abortion, taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, and related issues. The airwaves and the blogosphere have absolutely lit up over these issues in recent weeks due to the mandated coverage of chemical/hormonal birth control as “preventative medicine” in President Obama’s heavily promoted health care legislation. There are so many questions Americans have raised and should continue to raise as this issue is debated.

The most fundamental is perhaps the constitutional question of whether taxpayer-funded “healthcare” is a right guaranteed by the US Constitution. We would argue (as many others have very effectively done) that it absolutely is not. Bypassing this question, lawmakers have forged ahead with the assumption that the government has a role in providing health care access/coverage and that birth control falls under the umbrella of “preventative” health care. (Not for young readers.)

This position assumes that pregnancy is a disease that cannot be prevented without proper medication and that all women have a right to receive that “medication” (chemical/hormonal birth control, sterilization) funded by the government. This is nonsensical on several levels. First, pregnancy is a normal, healthy process and not a disease. Second, women can easily prevent pregnancy by not having sexual relations. Abstinence guarantees there will be no unwanted pregnancy. Finally, if women insist on engaging in risky sexual behaviors (out of wedlock sex), they should agree to pay for the consequences. Those who do not engage in those behaviors or promote them should not be forced to pay for the consequences of those who do. This seems to be straight-forward common sense, but common sense has been shelved in favor of highly dubious arguments about women’s “reproductive rights” — a feminist term that really means a woman’s right to do whatever she wants with her own body and without being “forced” to pay for any adverse consequences (pregnancy, STDs, etc.).

Are there situations that call for careful deliberation and counsel? Of course. A woman who is raped and becomes pregnant did not put herself in that difficult situation. This is precisely why crisis pregnancy centers exist, offering prenatal and maternity services for free or at very reduced prices to women who do not know where else to turn. Now the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) tells us those centers should cease to exist because they do not tell women how to get abortions (which is, supposedly, “false advertising,” as helping a woman with an unexpected pregnancy must, by feminist logic, include the option of killing the unborn child).

We are fast being pushed into a brave new world where “reproductive freedom” as defined by feminists and pro-abortion lobbyists takes center stage and pro-life voices are systematically drowned out or marginalized. Below are links to a wide spectrum of articles from various sources, dealing with many facets of this issue. Time to sober up and ask ourselves the hard questions about where we are headed as a nation when we make child-killing and rampant sexual promiscuity into taxpayer-sponsored “rights.”

  • Religious groups object to covering birth control – They defied the bishops to support President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Now Catholic hospitals are dismayed the law may force them to cover birth control free of charge to their employees.
  • Viewpoints: Birth control mandate cuts religious rights – HHS says its intent is to help “stop health problems before they start,” says Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities.“But pregnancy is not a disease, and children are not a ‘health problem’ – they are the next generation of Americans.”
  • NARAL: Force Religious Groups to Cover Birth Control, Abortion - Now, NARAL is opposing even the very limited conscience protections the Obama administration included in its decision and is promoting a campaign to get its pro-abortion members to ask the Health and Human Services Department to reject any protections for religious employers who don’t want to be forced to provide insurance coverage for employees that includes birth control and abortion-causing drugs.
  • New birth control requirements are a loss for conscience – The implication is clear. These religious organizations must now choose between their ministry and beliefs. Whatever the reason for designing the exemption so narrowly, the effect reinforces an ominous recent trend: seeking to sequester religious organizations from American public life.
  • New Obamacare violations of personal liberty- The health insurance that Obamacare mandates all employers provide and all citizens acquire must pay 100 percent for these birth control products and services, with no deductible or copays. Birth control gets more preferential treatment than cancer or heart disease. Liberals say government should be kept out of your bedroom. What they mean by this is that it shouldn’t interfere with what you do there, not that it shouldn’t force taxpayers to pay for it. The provision mandating “preventive services” for women was grafted onto the thousand-plus page bill, as it passed through the Senate, by Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski.
  • Government mandated birth control coverage: Who pays for the regret? – The Obama Administration is mandating that all insurance providers provide free FDA approved birth control methods to women as well as permanent sterilization procedures. Besides the documented physical harm that hormonal birth control and sterilization does to a woman’s body, there is also another effect that it has which often carries a much high cost: emotional pain and regret. The department of Health and Human Services ignores the post contraceptive regrets of women who later mourn the children they willingly prevented.
  • Republicans Stay Quiet On Birth Control Coverage Rule – Republicans who swept to power last year vowing to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law have been nearly silent about new rules that will force health insurance companies to cover birth control and other women’s health services without co-pays.

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About The Author

Jennie is the wife of Matthew and mother of ten children, all of whom keep the household bubbling with life, learning, and levity. Jennie co-founded LAF in 2002 with Lydia Sherman and has been delighted to hear from women all over the world who enjoy their femininity and love to cultivate womanly virtues.

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