Skip to comments.Dems claim victory in birth-control fight despite Obama shift
Posted on 02/11/2012 4:36:38 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
The fierce debate over women's access to contraception is far from over this year, but Democrats this week are claiming victory in the fight's early round.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Saturday shot an email to supporters highlighting President Obama's recent plan to provide female workers even those employed by Catholic hospitals, universities and charities free access to birth control.
An angry backlash against an earlier version of that plan led Obama to tweak the proposal Friday by shifting the cost burden for contraceptives from the church-backed employers to the insurance companies.
"President Obama has set a standard that every woman has a right to contraception coverage at no additional cost," the DNC email says, "and he's done it in a way that respects religious freedoms."
An accompanying YouTube video, which includes excerpts from Obama's Friday press conference announcing the change, aims to highlight the sharp distinction between the president's compromise and a proposal being drafted by Republicans to repeal the birth-control mandate for employers.
"Who do you think should make decisions about contraception?" the ad asks. "You, or your employer?"
The Democrats are hoping not only to rally favor from liberals who are widely supportive of protecting women's access to contraception, but also to allay any fears that Catholic Democrats might have about Obama's new policy.
Although studies indicate that contraception use among Catholic women is nearly universal, the pill, condoms and other forms of birth control are forbidden under Catholic doctrine a policy reinforced Friday when the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement condemning Obama's compromise plan.
"All the other mandated 'preventive services' prevent disease, and pregnancy is not a disease," the bishops said.
Meanwhile, House GOP leaders are crafting legislation to overturn Obama's mandate. Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, said Wednesday that the panel will vote in the coming weeks to repeal the new requirement.
This is like the arabs. The Israeli’s beat the living daylights out of them, and the survivors hold a victory celebration for the television cameras of the world MSM.
It’s not (1) free and (2) it’s not birth control.
I've been using the same argument - pregnancy isn't a disease and a baby is not a tumor.
Besides, Contraception is a convenience - why should we pay for someone else's convenience.
Wait until November to see what kind of victory the Democrats have in Obama’s mandate for insurance companies.
That's not up to us or Obama. That's up to God.
Obviously the larger point is the slashing of religious freedoms by Obama. Don't get wrapped up in the one issue without giving giving due attention to the other (and perhaps larger) one.
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