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BIRTH CONTROL: This is a modern nation, isn’t it?

Letter by Carla Sevenster, Tacoma on Feb. 24, 2012 at 11:14 am | 19 Comments »
February 24, 2012 1:01 pm

The national discourse on health insurance and birth control contains one fundamental misconception: Employer-paid health insurance is not a gift. It is part of a compensation package in exchange for an employee’s services, and there should be no strings attached.

The notion that an employer may dictate an employee’s religious choices by denying health care is downright distasteful. Employers basically have a monopoly on health insurance coverage, and most require that all employees be covered by the health insurance of the company’s choice in order to benefit from reduced group rates. Otherwise salaries would be higher.

An employer has no right to decide what employees do with their salary or whom they identify as beneficiary of their employer-paid life insurance. Birth control is a legal and accepted medical practice, and those who do not approve may abstain, but they may not abuse their power to enforce their religious beliefs on others.

The rest of the civilized world is looking on in utter disbelief and astonishment at a supposedly modern society that vilifies the Taliban and other regimes that suppress women’s rights, and then allows this nonsense.

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