Majority of Americans Agree with Obama’s Birth Control Mandate

Politico reports that the majority– 59%– of voters agree with Obama’s recently proposed birth control mandate. The mandate would require that religiously affiliated employers (such as a Catholic hospital) include contraceptives in the health insurance for employees. The rule would not apply to religious institutions, such as churches. While you’ve probably heard much of the backlash from religious institutions, the fact stands that most Americans agree with the new rule.

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It’s important to remember why this subject is so important, today and always. Contraceptives aren’t cheap but are very necessary for women’s reproductive health. Beyond preventing pregnancy, women may take the birth control pill for reasons such as: irregular or absent menstrual periods, menstrual cramps, acne, PMS, endometriosis, and for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. The birth control pill could mean the difference between getting up in the morning or staying in bed in excruciating pain. In this regard, as well as the more common use of pregnancy prevention, it must be covered by health insurance! Asking women to pay for it out of pocket is oppressive.

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One Response

  1. http://news.yahoo.com/poll-americans-divided-over-contraception-mandate-213158895–abc-news.html

    “Among the 62 percent of Americans who have heard about the mandate, 48 percent said they support an exemption for religiously affiliated institutions if they object to the use of contraceptives, the survey found. Forty-four percent said the groups should be required to cover contraceptives like other employers.”

    You’re probably more likely to support an exemption if you know that the catholics object to it, something that the politico poll doesn’t mention but which news articles do mention.

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