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BIRTH CONTROL: Allow opt-out for conscience

Letter by Terry Nelson, Tacoma on March 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm | 86 Comments »
March 2, 2012 2:34 pm

Re: “This is a modern nation, isn’t it?” (letter, 2-28)

If employers choose not to include insurance coverage for abortions, it does not mean they are suppressing women’s rights. They might choose not to offer that coverage to employees because of costs, religious convictions and/or conscience’s sake. Why should all employees be required to bear the cost of a procedure a minority might want?

If, because of conscience, the owner of a corner market chooses not to sell lottery tickets, would you picket the store because it is suppressing your right to a legal activity or just go to
another store that does sell lottery tickets? Even our military allows for conscientious objectors.

When does your right become greater than my conscience? What’s the solution when your desire to be free from religion clashes with my desire to be free to practice my religion?

Under our Constitution, you have the freedom to start your own insurance company that offers coverage from A to Z. However you do not respect the Constitution when you mandate that employers violate the freedom to exercise their convictions/conscience.

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