Why Are We Even Talking About This?
OBVIOUSLY Medical practitioners and Hospitals, whether religiously sponsored or not, whether non-profit or not, ought to offer all their patients information about all their medical benefits, and ought to be required to make those legal benefits available to the patients if they want them. Moral judgment of the patient’s life choices has no place in the sphere of medical treatment. To suggest otherwise is medieval and bizarre.
The truth is that though the Repubs know they can’t win the birth control debate, they CAN, amazingly, get enough of their base to believe this is an important religious rights issue, to stir up pointless controversy, which accomplishes several things:
1) It shifts the entire conversation about women further to the right, making abortion seem more radical.
2) It tries to gloss over and countervail against the fact that Obama did something right and popular that most American would agree with.
And above all,
3) The furor, like all sensationalist political gambits, serves mainly as a smokescreen concealing the real Republican agenda which is, as it has been for the past century, to permit huge corporations and their wealthy leaders to continue picking the pockets of the average American at will, while raping the world economy and the environment, with impunity– and with the ultimate purpose of a few obscenely wealthy white men being allowed to rule the world, just like in the bad old days.
So my advice is not to dignify this absurd debate over access to birth control with an emotional response, but instead to pay attention to the man behind the curtain, who is surely up to no good even as we speak.