Ron Paul Wrong for Once - ContraceptionSubmitted by jfarbe1 on Fri, 02/10/2012 - 13:46
Often times, I look up to Ron Paul because he embodies the good parts of being a republican and turns his back on the bad parts. In the case of his contraception statement (and the republican stance overall)I do not agree with this at all, and in fact, find it rediculous on so many levels...
1) This does not, in any way whatsoever infringe on religious freedoms. This decision does not stop any persons right to practice any religion they choose. Providing contraception in a health plan has absolutely no bearing on a individuals choice to be catholic.
2)What it does do is give someone the option to access something if they choose. If the Church (who is not an individual and has no RIGHT to anything, it is its people that do) is against contraception, it is their job to explain and preach to its congregation why it shouldnt morally be used, not force anything upon them or have the power to create or change law.
3) There are a great number of non-catholics who work in catholic hospitals. These people are there because they want to help people and because its a job for them. There is no reason that these good people should be denied anything from a plan that they pay into and would otherwise be offered.
4) There is no insurance plan where you pick and choose all the services offered on the plan. There a a few options on an insurance plan and you get the whole package. Do you think that I (being a male), would want to pay for birth control pill if it were an option? Ofcourse not. But thats the point of an insurance plan. I dont have that option. This isnt an issue of why should the catholic church have to pay for something they dont want. Its an issue of why should the catholic church be given additional privelidges that no other person or group has, the privelige to pick and choose what it wants out of a plan that is otherwise set. This law isnt saying, catholics much offer controception and others dont. Its saying that every insurance plan offers this in the first place. So because there rightly should be a separation of church and state, the church doesn't get special priveliges that others dont to dictate what they want just because some priest has a god complex and thinks its his job to not just preach morals (which it is) but to force people and goverments to do what they want.
5) Simply put, the church isnt required to pass around condoms at the door. The dont actually have to DO anything. They just can't deny people something they would otherwise get if they chose.
Now I think many of us here would be in agreement that maybe the govt shouldnt be in the healthcare business in the first place. But currently, it is, and that is not this discussion.