Letters to the Editor

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Tag: birth control

March
13th

BIRTH CONTROL: Hope common sense prevails

Employer provided health insurance is a benefit that the employer has decided to offer (or has negotiated if the employees belong to a union). As far as I know, there is not a law that requires employers to provide health insurance.

But now it has been decided that if they decide to provide this benefit, “big brother” is going to tell him what has to be covered in the policy. If contraception has to be covered, what is next? Mandatory coverage of abortion?

What is an employer to do if his beliefs do not him allow to pay for such

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March
8th

BIRTH CONTROL: Debate boils down to basic fairness

Re: “GOP senators fail to reverse birth control rule” (TNT, 3-1).

The defeat of the Blunt Amendment proves that, to most reasonable Americans, birth control is not an issue. If the amendment had passed, employers could choose to opt out of covering not only birth control but any health service in the Affordable Care Act they deemed to be immoral.

Contraception is basic health care, similar to other preventative medicine such as medication for heart disease. This debate boils down to an issue of basic fairness and equity. Contraception is used by 85 percent of women at some point

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March
8th

BIRTH CONTROL: Fluke’s testimony misrepresented

Re: “Liberals’ hypocrisy is showing” (online letter).

After reading this letter attempting to reference the testimony of Sandra Fluke from Georgetown University before Congress, I found it to be another total misrepresentation of her words.

Her testimony was about other students’ problems obtaining reproductive health care and not about her problems. In her testimony she described a student who developed serious health problems as a result of not being able to obtain the necessary care.

What makes this letter even more preposterous is providing reproductive care can make health care less expensive for taxpayers and for everyone who has

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March
7th

BIRTH CONTROL: Liberals’ hypocrisy is showing

The liberal Democrats/columnists/media rallied to the defense of the Georgetown University law student wanting to have her birth control financed. Their hypocrisy is blatant. They demand the government stay out of their bedrooms and wombs while at the same time demanding the government/insurance companies pay for their birth control and abortions.

You can’t have it both ways – unless you’re a liberal.

March
7th

BIRTH CONTROL: It’s cheaper than pregnancy

Re: “Give choice to policy holders” (letter, 3-6).

I believe the writer is mistaken in his premise that policy holders would benefit by insurers not covering birth control. It is far cheaper to pay for birth control than to pay for pregnancy and all of the associated costs.

If we are to make decisions on a cost basis, then women who use birth control would be given cheaper insurance than those who do not.

If we are only interested in saving money, we should quit covering costs of erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs for men. For those who keep injecting

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March
7th

BIRTH CONTROL: Who should pay for private activity?

I don’t understand why insurance companies and employers are being saddled with the responsibility of providing free contraceptives where there is an objections to doing so as a matter of conscience. I see no legitimate reason to single them out to support a private activity, especially where there is a religious objection to doing so. The same goes for drugstores being forced to sell morning-after pills.

There is a simple solution to this dilemma which overcomes any legitimate religious objection to the supporting of sin. Instead of singling out businesses where it is likely that a religious objections might be

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March
6th

BIRTH CONTROL: OK to pay for Viagra but not contraception?

Almost as soon as the FDA gave the OK on Viagra, insurance companies paid for it and the Catholic Church said it was acceptable for parishioners to use.

Here it is the 21st century, and women still don’t have autonomy over their own bodies. If men got pregnant, birth control would be a God-given right.

March
6th

BIRTH CONTROL: Religion doesn’t get to call the shots

Re: “A much larger issue is at stake” (letter, 3-3).

The letter quoted the First Amendment as support for the viewpoint that laws affecting health care (contraception mandate) somehow negatively impact one’s ability to exercise one’s freedom of religion.

Ironically, the same quoted constitutional amendment is at stake in the eyes of those supporting the contraception mandate. In order to keep separate church and state, the government cannot allow religion or religious ideas to determine the law or enactment thereof (Larkin v. Grendel’s Den, 1982).

Laws regarding the rights of people can be disagreed with by church officials, but

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