Birth Control on GOP candidate’s minds.

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?

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9 thoughts on “Birth Control on GOP candidate’s minds.

  1. Corey says:

    I think the Catholic Church is incorrect in saying believing that all of their employees are fine in going along with the Catholic thought that birth control is wrong. Just because someone works for a Catholic subsidy such as a hospital does not necessarily mean they are in fact Catholic or feel that the absence of birth control in health insurance coverage is needed.

    This is just an example of the Church exerting its priority over society as it did hundreds of years ago in Spain (even though we are now in much different times). The Church must realize that faith is not absolute in health insurance coverage. If an employee requests or even requires birth control, then the specific health plans offered should in fact cover those expenses.

    • kristen says:

      I think it may be going a little far in comparing this contraception debate to the horrors of the Spanish Inquisition (which is what I think you are referring to). I have very pro-birth control and pro-choice political views but I think that it is wrong to force organizations which have a religious reason against birth control to be required to provide it to their employees. I think that there could be a another solution for the government could find to way to offer birth control to individuals who want it while not forcing religious institutions to provide it, though I do not personally have an answer to the problem so this may be the only option. Ah, I don’t really know how I feel after all…

  2. Brandon says:

    I believe that employers should offer birth control as a part of their insurance package, no matter what religious affiliation the organization claims to support. This is a battle between religion and religiosity. The Catholic Church can hold true to their religious beliefs but it is the people of the Church that define what the church really is. Some people are more dedicated to their religion than others and others may not agree with every notion brought forth by their faith. For instance, it is possible for a Catholic female to work at a Roman Catholic Hospital and believe and support the notion of birth control. This does not mean that she is not Catholic and that she does not believe in God, but simply a choice that she has decided to make through her personal beliefs. This should not be a matter of how this will go against religious beliefs, but a matter of how can our government help others who are not simply receiving the benefits that they need or want.

    • Thank you for your comment Brandon! I think you bring up a good point. Most people assume that if someone identifies as Catholic, they would not use birth control. In reality, a lot of people identify with a particular religion without following each and every idea that religion lays out.

  3. Amanda says:

    Our country is based on freedom. Yes, that means that every employer may be able to do what he or she pleases but what that said, I don’t understand why it has to be such a large debate. If you offer birth control in your plan, what’s so wrong with that. Even if you are a catholic group, if you offer it, it doesn’t mean that majority of your people have to accept it? By offering it, that is a way around the situation at hand, and sometimes that’s the only way to deal with it.

    • I think you make a great point, Amanda. Our country pushes for freedom of many things, religion included. I fear that if an employer withholds the right to access birth control, it could be perceived as discrimination against an employee who follows a different religion.

  4. Kelly says:

    I feel that birth control should be covered just the same as any other prescription medication. Refusing to offer it is the employer making a choice that is not theirs to make for their female employees. If they can choose not to offer it for their religious or moral reasons, what is next? Will they say they aren’t going to cover your heart medication because they think you shouldn’t have smoked or used too much salt? There are good Catholics out there who practice their faith, honor their church, and still choose to control the size of their family for reasons ranging from financial all the way to controlling the world’s overpopulation problem. They and everyone else should have the right to choose to use birth control and have it covered in their health insurance plan.

    • You make a great comparison of what this debate could lead to. Another issue that arises in particular with Roman Catholic hospitals is the debate about the morning after pill. Some hospitals refuse to carry Plan B because they consider it abortion. That prohibits rape victims to having access to a pill that could prevent an unwanted pregnancy from their rapist.

      When religious institutions make sweeping generalizations in regards to what medications they will and will not provide, they could be affecting individual’s health and well being in significant ways.

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