The big question on everyone’s mind’s today? Should employers be required to cover their female employee’s birth control? This should be a simple matter of a health debate and whether or not it should fall under the financial responsibility of the company to provide birth control for their female employees. Naturally, however, the debate has spun into a religious debate between democrats and republicans.
An argument that is coming forward surrounds the Catholic church. Catholics do not believe in birth control. Some do not feel like they should be forced to provide contraception to their employees. Take the instance of a Roman Catholic hospital, however. If a women who does not identify with the Catholic faith happens to gain employment at a Roman Catholic church, should she be allowed to get birth control through her employer’s insurance?
Where do the GOP candidates stand on the issue? Romney, Santorum and Gingrich all voiced their opinions at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Mitt Romney-Romney is a well known mormon, although he has toned down his relgious impact in the 2012 election after it haulted his progres in 2008. Romney has had flipping opinions when it comes to these issues. His latest goal that he will allow religious freedom to reign again by overturning rulings that came through in the Obama administration.
Rick Santorum- Santorum has been labled as a “religious fanatic” and has called Obama’s plan for contraception a “coercion” according to The Hill. In that article, he is quoted as saying “We’ve seen the president of the United States not only tell you what insurance coverage you should have, how much you’re going to pay, how much you’re going to be fined if you don’t, but now he’s telling the Catholic Church that they are forced to pay for things that are against their basic tenets and teachings, against their First Amendment right.”
Newt Gingrich-He sounded the same argument that Romney and Santorum vocalized. He too feels like Obama is attacking and will continue to attack the Catholic church. All three have grabbed onto this idea and are trying to wedge it into support for the GOP side.
What do you think? Do you think employers should offer birth control as part of their insurance package, even if it goes against their personal beliefs?