Contraception, Insurance, and Employer-Provided Coverage

I had trouble with Obama’s policy about contraceptive coverage at first. I couldn’t, for some reason, wrap my head around how this fit into religious freedom. I read a few things, but it took a few weeks before people on the pro-contraception coverage side deigned to mention religious freedom. When they finally did, it was like someone had just replaced the old, etched and dirty glass in a window with new, blemish-free glass. In other words, my views became immediately clear to me.

Freedom of religion does not mean freedom to impose your religious values on others. The exceptions written into Obama’s policy are more than sufficient protection of religious freedom for religious groups. Obama’s policy does not say you must use contraception. It does not say you must buy contraception for you employees. It does not say you must condone contraception. Instead, it says insurance companies must cover prescription contraceptives.

It says that, while you may not believe in the use of contraception, you cannot impose that view on your employees via health insurance that doesn’t cover contraception. It says that the prescriptions (and for that matter, blood transfusions, medical treatment, etc.) provided under insurance plans for employees is not to be controlled by the employer, but is rather a matter to be dealt with by patient, doctor, and realistically, insurance company.

If you do not believe in contraception, do not use it. If you do not believe in blood transfusions, do not have them. No one if forcing you to use contraception. What is being said is that you cannot impose your anti-contraceptive views upon people that work for you (unless you fall under the generous but reasonable exemptions under the policy).

If your issue is paying for medical services you don’t agree with because you are required to provide medical insurance, then your issue is not with the services provided, but the mandated employer-provided health insurance. Fight that (with reasonable, logical arguments, of which there are some) instead.

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One thought on “Contraception, Insurance, and Employer-Provided Coverage

  1. I have to say this is quite an alien argument to me as free contraception is available to everyone from about 14 over here, there have been cases of pharmacists refusing to honour prescriptions to unmarried women but I cannot see how any form of cheap healthcare can be refused on any moral grounds whatever. Either you want people to be healthy or not, being pregnant when unwanted cannot be good for anyone, including the taxpayer. Surely a workforce who have the family size they want is better for productivity than workers who have more children than they can cope with?

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