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BIRTH CONTROL: Government cannot advocate for religion

Letter by Patricia G. Cleghorn, Gig Harbor on March 5, 2012 at 3:10 pm | 24 Comments »
March 5, 2012 3:14 pm

Re: A much larger issue is at stake (Letters, 3-3).

The First Amendment protects not only the freedom to practice one’s religion, as the writer notes, but also protects us from government imposed religion: ” Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion….”

When government endorses the efforts of employers, educational institutions, medical facilities, and pharmacies to impose their religious beliefs on others and deny or burden access to perfectly legal medical care, including access to contraceptives, the government is, for all practical purposes, establishing that set of religious beliefs for all of us.

The government cannot be the advocate for religion. We are not a theocracy. We are not an Iran. And, in a free society, nobody should have to acquiesce in the religious beliefs of another and forgo meaningful access to medical care to get a job or go to school.

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