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BIRTH CONTROL: Be tolerant of my rights

Letter by Todd Ward, Tacoma on March 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm | 18 Comments »
March 6, 2012 2:27 pm

I have been following the debate over mandating both contraception and abortion coverage in health insurance policies. I find it appalling that the conversation is being framed as “women’s rights.”

No one is suggesting that abortion or contraception is to be criminalized or taken away; this is about who pays for the service.

No one is encouraging the restriction of abortion or contraception so there is no denial of a “right” (even though there is no evidence that either of these is a “right” under our constitution). Are we to extrapolate from this line of thinking that we are to pay for condoms as well? Asking me to pay for any of these is an affront to my Christian beliefs.

So, you are, in essence stating that the your preference to have me pay for your lifestyle choice is more important than my constitutional right to freedom of religion? There is no equivalency in these issues.

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