I Choose No Contraception, so Why am I Paying For It? This is Really a Mandate Against Life
steady profits from selling contraceptive pills to all those needy women they care so much about. Recall the suit against Planned Parenthood in Los Angeles in 2008 in which a former PP official alleged massive fraud related to overcharging for birth control pills. While other public medical facilities billed the state for between $8 and $9 dollars per cycle of pills, Planned Parenthood billed the state $12 dollars, which was several times more than what PP paid for the drugs originally. The whistleblower estimated that PP overcharged the state of California by hundreds of millions of dollars.
Planned Parenthood actually complained to CA state senator Hannah-Beth Jackson that unless they were permitted to charge more for the pills, they would suffer financial problems so severe that it would threaten their survival. So Jackson sponsored legislation to allow Planned Parenthood to charge more for birth control pills going forward. Special treatment for PP, anyone? Even amid charges of fraud to the tune of $180 million dollars, PP is protected and placated at every turn by our government, all in the name of "women's health care."
So according to PP's own statement, we know they just can't survive without the revenue from the sale (and overcharging) of contraception. And Obama's mandate says that women simply must not have to pay a penny for contraception any longer. Well, somebody somewhere is going to pay! What in the world makes anyone believe that suddenly insurers will generously take the burden of cost upon themselves?
So many things about this mandate trouble me: the trampling of our Constitutional right to religious freedom; the overreach of the Federal Government into the marketplace and people's lives; the audacity of a President who believes he can hand down edicts from on high requiring citizens to buy whatever he says they must; the tyranny of a President who demands that an entire religion of people violate their faith and conscience and bow to him rather than God.
But something else troubles me greatly -- the cementing into our society by means of government mandate this animosity towards pregnancy, childbirth, babies, and women who do not subscribe to the dictates of modern "feminism." From the top-down, our Federal government is intent on creating a medical system in which fertility will be seen as a disease, a liability, and something to be tightly-controlled. No longer will pregnancy be welcomed (in fact, many insurers already don't welcome pregnancy and maternity coverage), but it will become actively discouraged and even punished by medical insurers and physicians who don't want to risk the cost and involvement. It'll be so much easier and cheaper just to hand out contraception, abortifacients, and sterilize people.
Caring for a pregnant woman is expensive. Caring for children is even more expensive. Preventing their existence is cheap. Destroying them in the womb is a money-saving act in the long run. This kind of thinking is what this mandate is really all about. This kind of thinking is both the seed and the fruit of the culture of death. This kind of thinking will kill us.
Jennifer Hartline is a grateful Catholic, a proud Army wife and homeschooling mother of three children. She is a contributing writer for Catholic Online. Visit her online at Wake Up, Deborah! and MCH.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
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