As a single mother who raised two very young children with no child support (after a 15 year marriage), I am stunned that the GOP is actually protesting Obama's insistence that Health Insurance programs provide birth control for all who want it. Tax payers don't have to pay the premiums. Arguably small businesses should not pay the small additional cost. Possibly the profitable Insurance Industry should be required to absorb the costs (since Viagra is covered, it seems only fair. I doubt that The Bible says Viagra is "God's Will.")
This editorial was in the New York Times recently [CLICK HERE].
Here is an excerpt from the exceptionally well-witten editorial:
"...a ray of hope: A group of evangelical Christians, led by Richard Cizik of The New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, is drafting a broad statement of support for family planning. It emphasizes that family planning reduces abortion and lives lost in childbirth.
“Family planning is morally laudable in Christian terms because of its contribution to family well-being, women’s health, and the prevention of abortion,” the draft says.
Amen! Contraceptives no more cause sex than umbrellas cause rain.
So as we greet the seven-billionth human, let’s try to delay the arrival of the eight billionth. We should all be able to agree on voluntary family planning as a cost-effective strategy to reduce poverty, conflict and environmental damage. If you think family planning is expensive, you haven’t priced babies."
All voters should read this editorial....AND perhaps any Catholics opposed to Birth Control should study the history of their Church, and the behavior of trusted Church Leaders as well as reading Angela's Ashes and/or studying the history of Southern Ireland. In certain circumstances, unplanned preganancies condemn the children to horrible fates, their families to poverty, and the society into which they are born a serious price -- if not welfare and food stamps, then the increased overhead for hospitals, police, prisons, social workers, and prisons. Surely Birth Control is the best alternative.