Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Birth Control: Apparently, Not a Choice Any More

I don’t care what anyone’s religious beliefs are. What I want to know is: Why should an employer be “morally outraged” by birth control to the point where they won’t let their insurance company offer it to an employee who wants birth control? Said employee obviously doesn’t have the same beliefs. It isn’t his or her soul at risk...... And, I really don’t think the employee’s “sin” would rub off (unless he or she is messing around with the employer, and that’s a whole ‘nother story).
So what seems to be going down here is (possible) Roman Catholic employer says NO to their insurance company offering artificial birth control. Apparently, even if the employee is NOT Roman Catholic, she will have to go outside of her health policy and pay 100% for any birth control, because her BOSS doesn’t believe in artificial birth control. Since when does an employer have the right to dictate what their employees’ beliefs are? Beyond that, if, for some reason, the employee ends up with an unplanned, unwanted pregnancy, it damned sure follows that if the insurance wasn’t going to pay to prevent a pregnancy it sure won’t pay to end one.

I wonder what the odds are that said employer will pay to raise, feed, clothe and educate the result? Hmmmm, probably nil.
Even in a so-so economy with high unemployment, I’ll bet that if these employers get their way, there will be a lot of people telling them to take the job and shove it if they can’t have standard healthcare included in their health insurance benefits.

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