Yesterday, Scott Brown, Massachusetts junior senator, defended his vote on the Blunt amendment, which would allow religion based employers to be able to not provide certain healthcare provisions if they go against their moral teachings, even though the amendment was defeated. Brown said the HHS contraception mandate is a “religious freedom” issue, and of course his presumed Democratic opponent, Elizabeth Warren, disagrees saying it is about guaranteeing healthcare to women, no matter where they work.
What Warren doesn’t seem to understand is this has nothing to do with women’s healthcare; in fact, we have yet to have heard how contraception is even related to women’s health, unless you count the increased risk of certain types of cancer from some oral contraceptives, but is does have everything to do with freedom of religion, as Brown states.
This amendment doesn’t ban contraception, it doesn’t make using it illegal and it certainly doesn’t stop anyone from using it, it would only allow businesses which have a moral objection to contraception to not have to pay for this coverage for its employees. In this instance, the government requiring religious businesses to go against their teachings is a clear violation of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. But as Warren has made clear several times she is all for government control on, well, everything.
And then there is Massachusetts’ senior senator, John Kerry,
The Blunt Amendment is the assault on the First Amendment – it imposes one view on those who do not share it or those who want to choose for themselves… and which would ultimately undermine the teachings of my church which always taught me that one of the primary responsibilities as a matter of social conscience is to “care for the sick.” – John Kerry, Senate speech
Mr. Kerry doesn’t seem to understand that the mandate is imposing its views on a religion, not the other way around. As stated above, nothing is stopping anyone from obtaining any of these services. What this is about is the progressive left enforcing their beliefs on everyone else, in this instance it is their belief that everyone should have free contraception and healthcare, paid for by someone else.
Kerry should also explain how contraception is “caring for the sick” as he states in his speech. Is he implying that pregnancy is a sickness or when you have sex you are somehow sick and need help? Somehow I would guess there won’t be any explanation coming any time soon.