Women Agree With the GOP on Birth Control
Mary Kate Cary
All eyes in
The conventional wisdom is wrong. Contrary to what you might read in the press, it's actually the Democrats who are being hurt and Republicans who have been handed a defining issue for the fall election, especially among women.
Just look at the most recent
Notice that the polling question only mentioned birth control, the least controversial of the "preventive services" mandated. Imagine what the margins would have been if free abortion-inducing drugs and sterilizations were included.
That HHS ruling brought home what everyone already suspected about the president's healthcare law: that it is confusing, unnecessary, massive in scope, full of coercive mandates, and will increase costs. And as the implementation stage of the law unfolds, this mandate will be only the tip of the iceberg. More are on their way, from prenatal care to end-of-life issues. And while Catholics have been on the front edge of fighting the ruling, leaders of other faiths fear that they might be next on the chopping block. No wonder so many other denominations have jumped on board with the cause, including, according to the National Catholic Register, a group of 65 Orthodox Christian bishops, the
Most Catholics, if forced to choose between complying with a government order they consider immoral and helping the poor, will choose helping the poor every time. I doubt they will roll over on this one, either by pre-emptively closing their doors or ending all healthcare coverage for their employees. There's a good chance that many of the hospitals, universities, and social service agencies in question will continue to operate as they always have, serving people of many faiths and offering reasonable healthcare coverage to their employees that doesn't include abortion-inducing drugs -- in effect, daring their own government to fine them millions.
This controversy is uniting Catholics and non-Catholics, Christians and Jews across the board, and it has the potential to unify fiscal and social conservatives within the
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