At a Democratic National Committee fundraiser last night, President Obama expressed his ardent satisfaction that his new health law regulations will force faith-based health care providers to provide contraceptive services without any co-payment from those receiving them.
When one particularly pleased member of the audience cried out, “birth control” as a “pre-existing condition,” the President said, “You’re stealing my line.” To yet another call-out, Mr. Obama said, “Darn tootin’.”
Contraception as “preventive care?” According to the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, “preventive care” refers to “those situations in which consumers may consider themselves healthy or physically at risk but have not yet been labeled with a diagnosis.” Unlike a pre-cancerous mole that must be excised, sexual intimacy between a man and a woman is not inherently dangerous. Yet, under the Obama health regulations, it evidently now must be considered such.
As we note in our new FRC fact sheet on the Obama health rules, conscience protection is so narrowly defined that it “will not cover most religious non-profit organizations which employ people of different faiths … Health care issuers in the individual market that are religiously affiliated are not covered at all.”
The violation of conscience intrinsic to Obamacare does not stop with the government forcing providers to dispense contraceptives. The Obama plan subsidizes abortion at taxpayer expense, and without apology. This is wrong, and a violation of the basic conscience rights of all Americans. Darn tootin’.
LifeNews.com Note: Tony Perkins is the president of the Family Research Council.