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BLOG: Women's Rights Under Attack

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to provide free preventive care, including contraception.

In the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), there is a provision requiring insurance companies to provide free preventive care, including contraceptives.  Opposition to this provision for free contraception grew this month because it was viewed as an infringement on the religious liberty of those employers whose beliefs included a dictate against birth control.  I viewed the opposition as an attempt to allow employers to impose their religious beliefs on their workers. 

President Obama insisted that this was never intended to interfere with anyone’s religious beliefs.  The intention was to insure that women would have access to free birth control no matter where they worked.  These religious based organizations (hospitals, schools) do not have to provide contraception to anyone.  They simply had to offer the free contraceptive coverage in their health insurance policies.  And so the President offered a compromise that allowed religious organizations to opt out of employee insurance coverage for contraceptives and instead would require insurance companies to offer it free to the organizations’ insured workers.  But still Republicans protested.  These legislators are supposed to be acting on behalf of all their constituents.  Since over 98% of women (including most Catholics) have relied on contraception at some time in their lives, we have to assume that most Americans are in favor of this provision. In fact, women are prescribed birth control pills for health issues other than birth control. 

Taking it a step further, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) introduced an amendment to the highway funding bill that would allow any employer, regardless of whether it is a religious entity, the right to refuse coverage of any health care service they find religiously or morally objectionable.  They want to give employers the power to impose their own religious beliefs on their employees, getting in between Americans and their doctors and taking medical decisions away from the people who should be making them.  Is this what Republicans mean by small government? 

Recent laws around the country have mandated that a woman have a vaginal ultrasound before having an abortion even though this was not required by her doctor.  Government shouldn’t tell you that you have to buy health insurance but they can tell you that you must have an invasive vaginal procedure.  This is not an attack on religious freedom but on women’s rights.  Is this what Republicans mean by small government? 

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Secrets of Safety March 27, 2012 at 08:49 AM
Yeah, well it's great fun and practice for those who come along that actually are more skilled with words and are more intellectual than those they criticize.. Being able to put five sentences together that say what Tonto can say in two words doesn't make them better, it just makes them more full of wind..
Carl Petersen III March 27, 2012 at 04:47 PM
I don't know what's worse - that you apparently don't understand the definition of "hypocritical" or that you have no comprehension of the subject that you are commenting on. The health care plan that Obama campaigned on was a single payer system which actually would have been socialist. However, due to the Republicans unprecedented use of the fiillibuster, Obama was forced to compromise with a plan that was originally proposed by the Republicans when they opposed the Clinton plan and was passed by a Republican governor in Massachusetts.
Anon March 27, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Oh Carl, I would love to sit and bicker back and forth with you all day, but I really need to work. I know that being a hypocrite/socialist/liberal and sitting at home hiding behind your computer is what you do, but I actually have more productive things to do! Happy Tuesday Everyone!!!!
Carl Petersen III March 27, 2012 at 04:56 PM
If the comments posted here are reflective of the members of the Republican party, I now understand how they could field such a pitiful field of Presidential contenders.
Carl Petersen III March 27, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Typical cop out response from another conservative who doesn't know what to do when confronted with actual facts.
Anon March 27, 2012 at 05:43 PM
If I could only be as smart as Carl, life would be perfect.
Carl Petersen III March 27, 2012 at 08:09 PM
If only one of you were coherent enough to carry on a political conversation...
Diana March 27, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Carl & Cindy: You have had over 469 posts on this blog and most of them were intelligent, perhaps it's not what you wanted to hear!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anon March 27, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Ok, I had to pull my car over to post this because Carl wants me to I guess. FYI Carl, I have a job and I do not sit home on the tax payers teet all day like you! I have a job!! Diana, I have said it before and I will say it again, you cant reason with the unreasonable! The guy is from new york and wears white socks with black shoes! Sometimes Cindys posts are sort of intelligent, until she starts talking about occupying, then she loses me. I am a productive person and occupying is unproductive! Carl, you are just a small man with small thoughts. Go crawl in a hole! I am done posting on this lame article. No one is taking anyones rights away! End of story!! Good Grief!!!!!
Carl Petersen III March 27, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Diana, Is this what you consider intelligent: "Dog 4:47 pm on Thursday, February 23, 2012 Mmmmmm...how about you go out and buy your own rubbers Cindy and quit trying to get the goverment involved in everyone's sex life and jacking up my health insurance in the process..." "Tonto 5:56 pm on Thursday, February 23, 2012 Here is another new liberal diversion away from the real campaign issues to protect Oblamer. Occupoo, Occupee. Free rubbers and pills OH MY !! OH ME :)" " . Tonto 9:15 pm on Thursday, February 23, 2012 If Obamas mama got free pills we could have saved 20 trillion dollars. Excellant point." "Tonto 8:43 pm on Friday, February 24, 2012 Occupoo, Occupee, Free rubbers Free pills Oh my, Oh Me :)" " . Tonto 9:00 am on Friday, February 24, 2012 LBV, I ain't no schoolar like some of the brain trust commies around here. I'm just glad my mama and your mama didn't take them free pills. Just think if Oblamer's mama tokk some. We would have saved 20 trillion dollars I think. How am I doing? Liberal blog material? back to FOX, wait, ne, Rush is coming on :)" "Roberto 6:26 pm on Monday, February 27, 2012 LBV said : "As a thinking, thoughtful, inquisitive MODERATE Republican Conservative, you disgust me. YOU are what’s wrong with America." REPLY: You are not a moderate republican by any stretch of the imagination. A flamming Liberal in drag is more like it."
Carl Petersen III March 27, 2012 at 08:52 PM
American Girl, if you had to pull over to post, were you reading while driving?
Anon March 27, 2012 at 08:55 PM
No I wasnt, but my phone makes a noise when I get an email. You understand how that works right? I live on the road and on my phone and ipad. I pull over all day long. Please dont spank me!
Carl Petersen III March 27, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I knew I could get her to respond again even though she said she was done (again).
Anon March 27, 2012 at 08:59 PM
I am at lunch, I couldnt help myself. I am stopping by Costco to pick something up if you want to meet me!!
Carl Petersen III March 27, 2012 at 09:03 PM
And another response! I guess she isn't done. My wife does say that I am irresistible.
Tonto March 27, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Carl, sorry you lay awake at night listening to the voice of reality ringing in your ears. How are you doing on the rubbers and pills anyway? How about that fake birth certificate?
LBV Collins March 27, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Oooo! COSTCO! Hey AG. If they happen to have any fresh baked Rosemary/Olive Oil loafs sitting out, how about picking up a package for me? ;)
Amazing Lies March 28, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Martha, If you wish to belittle other commentators on the Patch and highlight your self-proclaimed superior intellect, then I would recommend that you utilize the services of a proofreader. Might I respectfully suggest that you appoint someone whose command of the language is more comprehensive than that which you demonstrate? It would appear you rely at best on a spell check program, but this is patently incapable of ameliorating your lack of understanding. Your use of the word 'bating' renders those sentences nonsensical. The fact that you used the word twice would point not to typographical errors, but to a basic lack of knowledge. I would also point out that you used 'commenters' which I believe is not actually a word. You made these errors in just one of several posts in which you complain about unintelligent comments, inter alia. American Girl is on point. "Pot/kettle"
Carl Petersen III March 28, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I think that SOS has the government confused with the Borg.
Anon March 28, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Carl is your embarrassed by you? I would be. You really need to find a hobby or get a life!
Carl Petersen III March 28, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Admit it, you just can't stay away! Not sure what your post was trying to say, but I do have a hobby: https://www.facebook.com/events/261110647292237/
Tonto March 28, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Carl, is that you at the Occupoo rally? The whole family there? http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/03/27/Stabbings-Occupy-SF
Anon March 28, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Sorry, that is me typing before coffee. Is your WIFE embarrassed by you?
Nicole March 28, 2012 at 04:49 PM
American Girl- I am PROUD to be Carl's wife. He is not only a provider for our family but a man that can stand up for what he believes in. I am sorry that he intimidates you. You continue to say that you are done with him yet you continue to post and TRY to cut him down with pitiful insults. I hope that one day you are able to find a partner that is half of a man that Carl is to stand by you and support you in all of your endeavors as he has done for me. Even though everyone on this blog has different opinions it doesn't make any of them wrong. Read it and do with it what you want....leave the insults for the schoolyard!
Tonto March 28, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Why its called OCCUPOO -http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=occupy+defacating&oq=occupy+defacating&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_l=youtube-reduced.3...35552l43415l0l43909l17l17l0l3l3l0l213l1863l0j12j2l14l0. and for tohose that missed it - http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/03/27/Stabbings-Occupy-SF
dontHate.myThoughts. June 21, 2012 at 07:07 AM
Girls are having the state and county and all you tax payers pay for there abortions by simply going down and applying for medical at the welfare office. Abortions are a $400-600 procedure. Some girls use abortions as a form.of birth th control and have nunerous abortions. That us taxpayers pay for. If they keep thw baby they may end up on welfare annd the county offers help and money ebt all that stuff.. So if birth control being free.. By all means.. Let the ladys take it if there trying to prevent pregnancy. Geeze. You all need to look at the big picture. People arnt gonna stop what there doing and taking advantage of the money that gets handed out. It makes more sence to give out birth control then expensive free abortions and ebt. Free grocery money . And cash aid. Makes sence to me when it comes down to people who take advantage of the county states and taxpayers help. Sorry about the spelling errors. My phone wont let me go back and correct it. Just my opinion. Something for all you people who like to argue your point and how much you know and went too college for. Think about it in that perspective.
Carl Petersen III June 28, 2012 at 07:55 PM
My Dad would have been really proud today! What will the argument be now from the Conservatives now that the Supreme Court has ruled that Obamacare is constitutional?
LHJ June 28, 2012 at 08:37 PM
It's the law, go with it.. I notice the decision was split down party lines. Our courts promote political ideology rather than interpret the law. Given that, we little people live with it. That's the way it goes.. either way..
Cindy Petersen June 28, 2012 at 08:39 PM
LHJ: the decision was not split down party lines. Justice Roberts is a conservative justice appointed by George Bush.
LHJ June 28, 2012 at 09:21 PM
It was along party lines. Because one doesn't follow, doesn't change the fact that it was split with one rogue.. Clearly, you are never happy. Regardless what is said, you will find something wrong with it.. It was along party lines, with one rogue. The law is the law, we will follow it.

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