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BIRTH CONTROL: Religion doesn’t belong in politics or health care business

Letter by Phoenix Milligan, Tacoma on March 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm | 14 Comments »
March 26, 2012 2:51 pm

Re: “Hundreds protest contraception rule” (TNT, 3-24).

I am outraged by religious fanatics who want to impose their views on everyone else. Why can’t they wait for the afterlife for the rest of us to get our comeuppance? Why don’t they work on living up to their own principles instead of trying so hard to make everyone else abide by them?

Contraceptive and reproductive health care are services that women pay for when they buy health insurance. They shouldn’t have to pay twice just because they are women.

I would remind the religious community that churches are forbidden to meddle in politics unless they want to start paying taxes. When churches go in to business, they are businesses and need to follow the law and pay taxes like all the other businesses do.

In particular, the Catholic Church has no authority to take the “moral high ground” considering the innumerable molestation scandals and the effort the church took in covering it up and protecting pedophile priests.

Those whose moral conscious won’t allow them to dispense lawfully prescribed and medically necessary medication need to consider a field other than pharmacy. Those in a business providing insurance to employees should ensure that the insurance meets the standard of care for health coverage. If the institution’s moral code won’t allow for it, it can always go back to being a church.

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