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BIRTH CONTROL: A much larger issue is at stake

Letter by Zona Flood, Edgewood on March 2, 2012 at 9:17 am | 53 Comments »
March 2, 2012 10:47 am

Re: “Contraceptives ‘war’ pushes women’s votes away?” (TNT, 3-2).

Yes, in one sense, this was a skirmish over contraceptives. But there is a much larger issue at the heart of it, which is largely being ignored.

Can Congress and the president strip away the right specifically put forth in the very first sentence of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? It says: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” (emphasis mine).

If Congress can ignore this very plain restriction, then nothing else is protected. The prohibition against Congress enacting any law prohibiting the free exercise of religion is the very heart and, yes, soul of the rights we (still?) enjoy as Americans.

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