You want a reason to vote today. Here’s a pretty good one. As if America weren’t going broke fast enough, now the federal government is going to buy contraceptives for everyone. Hooray!
We know Obama doesn’t want anyone punished with a baby but why do we have to be punished for that? Looks like Obamacare will offer free contraceptives to any and all who want to have the sex but no babies.
A panel of experts advising the government meets in November to begin considering what kind of preventive care for women should be covered at no cost to the patient, as required under President Barack Obama’s overhaul.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., author of the women’s health amendment, says the clear intent was to include family planning.
But is birth control preventive medicine?
Conflicting answers frame what could be the next clash over moral values and a health law that passed only after a difficult compromise restricting the use of public money for abortions.
For many medical and public health experts, there’s no debate.
“There is clear and incontrovertible evidence that family planning saves lives and improves health,” said obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. David Grimes, an international family planning expert who teaches medicine at the University of North Carolina. “Contraception rivals immunization in dollars saved for every dollar invested. Spacing out children allows for optimal pregnancies and optimal child rearing. Contraception is a prototype of preventive medicine.”
But U.S. Catholic bishops say pregnancy is a healthy condition, not an illness. In comments filed with the Department of Health and Human Services, the bishops say they oppose any requirement to cover contraceptives or sterilization as preventive care.
“We don’t consider it to be health care, but a lifestyle choice,” said John Haas, president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, a Philadelphia think tank whose work reflects church teachings. “We think there are other ways to avoid having children than by ingesting chemicals paid for by health insurance.”
Hey, here’s a thought for the Obamacare folks, BABIES ARE NOT A DISEASE! I know this is difficult to comprehend but thousands of thousands of women wish they were healthy enough to have a baby.
And if a country is looking for a way to go broke quickly the best way to do so is to spend millions to ensure people stop having babies who might grow up and invent things, take care of their elders, and pay taxes so idiots in the federal government can spend like…well….idiots.
So if you still need to be convinced to vote today preventing this kind of funding is a pretty good reason.