Choice. It’s a word that Planned Parenthood loves to use when promoting the killing of unborn babies in abortions.
But now, the abortion chain is abandoning its favorite word in an underhanded attempt to force Christians to pay for birth control, including methods that may cause abortions, in their employee health plans.
Crystal Strait, president of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, recently wrote an opinion piece for The Sacramento Bee to argue their case.
Strait blasted President Donald Trump’s administration for rolling back President Barack Obama’s birth control mandate. The onerous requirement forced groups like the nuns of Little Sisters of the Poor and the religious owners of Hobby Lobby to challenge the mandate to the U.S. Supreme Court, or face crippling fines.
Trump provided relief from the Obamacare mandate by granting wider exceptions to religious groups, but several state attorneys general are challenging the decision. Strait praised pro-abortion California Attorney General Xavier Becerra for being one of them.
“We believe that denying access to contraception is both illegal and immoral. Thanks to the ACA’s birth control benefit, 55 million women gained access to contraception,” she wrote.
For so many of us, access to birth control has been a given. It’s been 45 years since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized birth control and the impact of that decision has been immeasurable.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranked contraception as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. Yet here we are, in 2017, with a president who wants to restrict birth control access and move us back to the dark days of inequity and inequality.
Strait’s hyperbolic, fear-mongering statements are almost laughable, considering that the mandate only was in effect for a few years. Birth control still is easily and readily available through doctor’s offices, community health centers, pharmacies and, of course, Planned Parenthood.
“The government already engages in dozens of programs that subsidize contraception for the low-income women” who are most at risk of unplanned pregnancies, the Trump administration said when it announced the new mandate rules.
Even pro-abortion Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who also is challenging Trump’s new rules, admitted that the mandate under pro-abortion President Barack Obama was “extremely narrow.”
The new Trump administration rules give wider exceptions to religious objectors who have been forced to pay for contraception, including methods that may cause abortions, under the Obamacare mandate. The Trump administration says the new rules are motivated by “our desire to bring to a close the more than five years of litigation” over the pro-abortion mandate. These include cases by the Little Sister of the Poor, Hobby Lobby and countless other religious organizations and businesses.
In other words, the Trump administration is giving religious individuals the choice to opt-out – a choice that the abortion industry does not want them to have.