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Contraception kerfuffle about choice

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:45 pm - February 18, 2012.
Filed under: Big Government Follies,Freedom

In Mark Steyn’s column cited in the previous post, that astute commentator reminds that contraception is not at the crux of the current controversy, but choice:

Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit, distills the current hysteria thus: “It’s as if we passed a law requiring mosques to sell bacon and then, when people objected, responded by saying ‘What’s wrong with bacon? You’re trying to ban bacon!!!!’”

. . . .

People are free to buy bacon, and free to buy condoms. But the state has no compelling interest to force either down your throat.

Emphasis added.  It’s not just conservatives who get it.  As John McCormack reports in the Weekly Standard, even moderates are on board:

Scott Brown, the moderate Massachusetts Republican senator who is up for reelection this fall, went on the offensive against the mandate in a series of interviews last week. He framed the issue as an assault on religious freedom that was a result of the national takeover of the health care system.

“This latest mandate under government-controlled health care is one reason why I campaigned and voted against Obamacare in the first place,” Brown wrote in an op-ed for the Boston Herald. “It operates by broad dictation from Washington, showing no respect for the judgment, needs, or rights of individual Americans and the states. And it opens the door to endless abuses of power such as this latest mandate.”

Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Brown’s fellow freshman Republican senator from the Northeast, is also an outspoken opponent. “This is not a women’s rights issue,” she said at a press conference in the Capitol. “This is a religious liberty issue, and it can apply to all faiths. And I’ve heard from my constituents, who are deeply, deeply concerned about this. We need to respect the rights of conscience for all religions.” The entire Republican party appears to be united behind some legislative proposal to reverse Obama’s mandate.

Let us hope more Republicans can summarize the issue as smartly and succinctly as have Steyn, Brown and Ayotte.  It’s not a women’s rights issues; it’s a freedom issue.

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10 Comments

  1. Dan, I find your use of the term “moderate” to represent Brown interesting; but isn’t it a tad uninformative? Perhaps referring to him as a “Republican” Senator might be more useful; after all, since this a controversy that is being supported by the Republican Party, what you are really saying is:

    ” It’s not just conservatives who get it. As John McCormack reports in the Weekly Standard, even Republicans are on board:”

    Realy, I could never have guessed!
    I like the distinction between conservative and Republican (qua moderate), by the way. :)

    Comment by Cas — February 18, 2012 @ 11:11 pm - February 18, 2012

  2. Cas, Brown’s voting record puts him to the left of most Republicans, but he remains to the right of nearly all Democrats; wouldn’t that qualify him as a moderate? Wanted to make the point that not only those from conservative wing of party opposed the mandate. . .

    :-)

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — February 18, 2012 @ 11:18 pm - February 18, 2012

  3. Here is another possible twist:

    “It’s as if we passed a law requiring mosques to sell bacon and then, when people objected,…..” the government paid for the bacon but required the mosque to distribute it.

    Comment by Heliotrope — February 19, 2012 @ 10:13 am - February 19, 2012

  4. Dan writes:

    It’s not just conservatives who get it. As John McCormack reports in the Weekly Standard, even moderates are on board:

    Which goes directly to this:

    Scott Brown, the moderate Massachusetts Republican senator who is up for reelection this fall….

    McCormack’s quote is from The Weekly Standard which is a conservative (mostly) publication that backs the Republican Party.

    Cas, with no scabs to pick, decides to pick a non existent nit:

    Dan, I find your use of the term “moderate” to represent Brown interesting; but isn’t it a tad uninformative? Perhaps referring to him as a “Republican” Senator might be more useful…

    Dan, I find your use of the term “moderate” to represent Brown interesting as pretty much on target;but furthermore isn’t it it isn’t even a tad uninformative. Perhaps referring to him as a Republican Senator might be useful redundant, since the McCormick quote follows immediately with these words: “Scott Brown, the moderate Massachusetts Republican senator who is up for reelection this fall….”

    Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when we don’t bother to perceive.

    Comment by Heliotrope — February 19, 2012 @ 11:05 am - February 19, 2012

  5. The defect in the Democrats defense is that it is about woman´s health. They seem to think that they can separate faith from the institution. Catholic Hospitals are, at least, partially staffed with a nursing order of nuns or lay brothers, who use the hospital chapel to recite the Divine Office. There is usually a resident priest as a chaplain. Parochial schools and high schools are usually on the same property as the parish church. Like hospitals they have nuns, priests, or brothers or any combination partially, if not completely, staffing the school. Diocesan offices are usually attached to the cathedral. How can Obama justify his mandate?
    This isn´t about woman´s health. It´s about imposing government´s will over a denomination and any other denominational institutions that are pro-life.

    Comment by Roberto — February 19, 2012 @ 2:10 pm - February 19, 2012

  6. Oh it’s about choice, as long as your choice is to bow to the totalitarian regime.

    Comment by TGC — February 19, 2012 @ 2:43 pm - February 19, 2012

  7. @TGC

    I remember (19) years ago, a 13 year old I knew got pregnant. She went to Planned Parenthood where they recommended she abort it. No other support, just “You’re young you’ve your life ahead of you, an abortion would be the best.” Pro-choice indeed.

    Comment by The Livewire — February 20, 2012 @ 7:57 am - February 20, 2012

  8. 7: Did this girl talk to anyone else? were you privy to all the details of the conversation? What did she eventually do?

    Comment by Kevin — February 21, 2012 @ 10:22 pm - February 21, 2012

  9. 5: What about areas where there is only a Catholic owned hospital and there are no other hospitals in a nearby/reasonably close area? If a woman wants a tubal ligation or a man wants a vasectomy? is that choice?

    Comment by Kevin — February 21, 2012 @ 10:31 pm - February 21, 2012

  10. Are you talking about in the desert? In every city there is a secular hospital within five miles of a Catholic hospital, and accessible by car or public transportation.

    Comment by Roberto — February 22, 2012 @ 12:50 pm - February 22, 2012

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