This Red State Round Up is not actually about any one state, but instead about the state of Catholic Bishops and a lawsuit backed by seven state attorneys general in regards to the Affordable Care Act. These attorneys general were inspired by the moans of the avowed abstinent and presumably testicled Catholic Bishops. These bishops have been saying the contraception coverage mandate in the dubbed “Obamacare” law is unconstitutional because it infringes on their businesses’ freedom of religion.
On Monday a federal judge, Warren K. Urbom, ruled an eye-roll toward the suit. He threw out the lawsuit and said that there wasn’t proof that states would be harmed once the contraception coverage mandate became law. And, he noted that, Obama has been willing to work with religious leaders on compromises. While Obama made compromises, the response from said religious leaders has been to be even more indignant!
In response to the federal judgment: the predictable and “Ugh”-inspiring outcry from Catholic Bishops.
And, just like when one small child is crying, other small children tend to join in. Now buddying up to the traditionalists of Christianity: Evangelicals. Wheaton College, an Evangelical university, threw its hat into the “Take-down-the-Affordable-Care-Act” ring by filing a suit on Wednesday. They’re using the same angle: the Obama administration is smashing poor institutions’ right to religious freedom.
What other sex-disapproving entity will challenge the Affordable Care Act next, and call it an issue of first-amendment protection? The mandate is that insurance providers need to include contraception coverage in their packages so that all people have access to this medication. And, businesses aren’t the one paying for the coverage; that’s put on insurance companies.
Besides sex being a normal part of human existence, contraception is also used frequently for addressing medical ills: ovarian cysts, acne and blasted awful menstrual cramps. Catholic women know the usefulness of “The Pill.” Even a lot of nuns get it.
We could rehash the reasons why this is not really an issue of religious freedom, but just a political move to challenge an administration that is pro-women’s-equality. That it’s really an issue of controlling women and perpetuating a traditionalism that is oppressive to marginalized groups, including those who possess a uterus.
But, we are just as tired about having to enumerate those reasons as we are about hearing Catholic Bishops trying to claim a freedom to oppress women and calling it their constitutional right.