To Those Who Don’t Understand the Decision Regarding Birth Control
January 21, 2012 2 Comments
So, here’s how this new rule requiring full coverage of birth control works:
1. Insurance policies for all employers, save churches, must provide full coverage for birth control.
2. This is not violating religious freedom, or “keeping organizations from practicing there [sic] beliefs.” Women employed by a Catholic hospital, or a Baptist university aren’t there to “practice their beliefs.” They are working. For a paycheck. Also! For the benefits.
2a. An organization cannot be religious, or have beliefs–people have religious beliefs. Women that work at a Catholic hospital are just as free to practice their beliefs as before–they can take or not take birth control as they see fit. Many employees of these types of religious organizations do not have the same religious beliefs–it would be discriminatory to force a Baptist woman, for example, to follow the rules of Catholicism (to use my aunt as an example).
3. These religious organizations are not paying for the birth control–the employees pay for their own policies.
4. Let’s put this in a more abstract way–companies do not get to dictate the health care of their employees. Google cannot tell one of their programmers that they’re not going to offer an insurance plan that would cover surgeries. Zappo’s cannot decide that they’re not going to provide insurance policies that cover prescriptions. In short, employers do not, by and large, get to pick and choose which aspects of health care that their insurance policies will or will not cover.
5. Churches are exempt. Churches are exempt. CHURCHES ARE EXEMPT.
6. Employers have no goddamn business in the exam room with an employee and their doctor. Per-i-od.