On Obama’s wimpy assertion that contraception should be free, but religious institutions shouldn’t have to pay. (Pretty pathetic, Obama.)
So religious folks are trying to tell me that contraception is so cheap, that insurance plans SHOULDN’T provide it? How much does an unplanned pregnancy cost? (I’ll give you a hint. It costs a fuckton.) And, really… their argument is that we shouldn’t provide it because some crusty, golden-robed white dude in Europe says we shouldn’t? Why should his opinion affect secular health care policy in America?
The whole religious argument is absurd.
If conservatives are so concerned about costs, why didn’t I see them complaining about the tens of billions that the church walks away with every year for tax exemptions? What about the trillions in corporate welfare that Republicans paid out to their golf buddies? That costs us a pretty penny too, and it’s clear from the past ten years that a precious few of these churches actually abide by the IRS laws prohibiting churches from politicking.
Personally, Catholics, I don’t think a woman’s insurance or contraception is your business or their employers, and it’s certainly no business of the Catholic Church. Women are the ones paying the premiums. They should be able to use the services they want and have their privacy and medical choices protected, just as folks who use viagra or penile implants are protected.
Besides, sex is awesome. We should be doing more to make it safe for folks, not less.