Thursday, February 23, 2012

You Will Soon be Paying for Everyone’s Morning-After Pill

You probably heard the news. The readers of this blog aren’t living under a rock (hopefully). President Barack Obama announced his plans to require health insurers to provide for all forms of contraception to women free of charge. Of course, insurance companies are not going to be providing for these medications out of the goodness of their hearts … or pocketbooks. The end result will mean that every single person in the United States will be paying for everyone’s contraception, including abortive pills.

Pay close attention to what I’m about to say because you likely won’t hear it from me again … I am proud of how the Roman Catholic Church responded to these new demands. The Roman Church made an announcement that started a whole lot of controversy: that their bishops would rather go to jail than go against their religious conviction by going along with this new policy. Now, in the case of Roman Catholics, they believe all forms of contraception are morally wrong. I do not believe there is a Biblical reason to hold such an extensive view, however, I stand firmly with them against all forms of abortion.

Did the President honestly believe he could force this kind of direct, in-your-face policy without an uproar from the people whose religious liberty would be trampled upon? Or was he only meaning to test the waters to see exactly what he could get away with? Personally, I believe he was trying to gain support for his various proponents for the upcoming election. Apparently, he would much rather gain the support of abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood than those with religious convictions. Gotta love politicians running for office.

Our nation’s founding fathers had enough foresight to include a Bill of Rights in the United Stated Constitution guaranteeing in plain English our rights as American citizens. The first amendment reads: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Such a masterful of defining religious liberty. Yet somehow, our President believes he can sidestep the Bill of Rights by forcing people – against their will – to pay for a service they have the highest religious and moral objections to. 

Eventually, the Southern Baptist Convention let it be known that they would act in accordance with the Roman Catholics, and would rather go to jail than pay for the murder of unborn children. The political chatter that followed was disturbing to listen to, because no one really seemed to apprehend why Christians and Roman Catholics would be opposed to paying for people’s abortion medications. If you are one of the masses who still hasn’t perceived the reasoning behind our madness, I’ll be straight with you: because we believe abortion is murder, and we refuse to have blood on our hands.

Obama, being the master communicator that he is, waited a few days, then announced a “compromise” that would be suitable for everyone:
Today, we’ve reached a decision on how to move forward.  Under the rule, women will still have access to free preventive care that includes contraceptive services -– no matter where they work.  So that core principle remains.  But if a woman’s employer is a charity or a hospital that has a religious objection to providing contraceptive services as part of their health plan, the insurance company -– not the hospital, not the charity -– will be required to reach out and offer the woman contraceptive care free of charge, without co-pays and without hassles.
The result will be that religious organizations won’t have to pay for these services, and no religious institution will have to provide these services directly.  Let me repeat:  These employers will not have to pay for, or provide, contraceptive services.  But women who work at these institutions will have access to free contraceptive services, just like other women, and they’ll no longer have to pay hundreds of dollars a year that could go towards paying the rent or buying groceries.
In the words of Gandalf the Grey, “I suppose you think yourself terribly clever…” How about it, Mr. President? What am I missing, because this sounds like religious objectors will still be paying for all forms of contraception, even abortion pills?

I can only pray that through a series of governmental checks and balances this kind of belligerent attack on our religious freedom be completely undone. Our founding fathers, especially John Adams and Thomas Jefferson are turning in their graves at Barack Obama’s oppression of the free peoples of the United States.
In fact, recently, my elder Dr. James White posted a youtube video discussing recent current events. His conclusion offers how we, as Christians, might respond and pray for our nation. I encourage you to take the time to watch the video; Christian, you will be encouraged.

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