I disagree strongly with those religious institutions and groups, and especially with Republican Congressional leadership, that the President is overstepping his authority and denying anyone of his or her religious freedom, along with a host of other misrepresentations. Besides, about 50 percent of the states already have something similar on a state level, and about 68 percent of Catholics use birth control. I wonder if this argument would be the same if we were talking about Viagra and not access to contraception for women.
This is total politics. Republicans realized that coming out against a robust jobs and economy report for last month was turning on deaf ears and not serving their doom and gloom strategy at all. The President’s poll numbers are rising, and just when the bad press mounts about Republicans stalling on extending payroll tax cuts, their presidential primary process tanks as yet another “frontrunner” emerges, trouncing their nominee apparent. No wonder House Speaker John Boehner (and others) comes out strong against the new health care regulation, claiming all sorts of things that aren’t even true.
I applaud President Obama for standing up for the rights of every woman regardless of her religion, which is in stark contrast to what the opposition is doing. As for speaker Boehner’s remarks that the President was going against the Constitution, I think the following article is a good read on this issue:
Religious groups and conservatives are up in arms over the regulation in the health care reform law which mandates employers to offer contraception options to employees who are covered under their employer health insurance plans. Each side maintains that it has valid points; yet according to the U.S. Constitution the arguments made by these religious organizations carry little weight, if any at all.
While religious organizations claim the First Amendment grants them he right to run their business as they desire, what they seem to disregard is that it also grants the ability of the patient to not be burdened by any particular groups’ religious agenda. This is a complex situation, but in the end the individual’s rights must not be usurped by another’s rights, especially since the individuals in question are actually living persons and the businesses are merely constructs and therefore not entitled to protection by the U.S. Constitution. [full article]