On New Years Eve, supreme court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued an injunction blocking the Obama administration from implementing the aspect of the ACA known as the “contraception mandate”, which requires employee insurance plans to cover a range of preventative women’s health needs. The government has until today to respond. The injunction itself is standard legal procedure, and says little about how Sotomayor or the rest of the court will rule on the merits of the case. But the lawsuit itself, and the related suits challenging the contraception mandate, offer an increasingly troubling look at just how far peddlers of far-right ideology will go not just to claim their own right to live according to their beliefs, but to mandate that you and I do the same.
No, no, it isn’t.
It’s an argument about whether they should be forced to pay for the way that you wish to live your life.
Quite apart from the fact that insurance is an entirely insane way to pay for contraception there’s the point that none of these people are arguing that people who work for Catholic organisations should not be allowed to use contraception. They are arguing, however, that a Catholic organisation should not be forced into paying for something that it sees as sinful (although that gets a bit complex. No one argues that being on the pill in itself is sinful. Rather that having sex without the possibility of conception is).
The forcing everyone to live like someone says is in fact coming from the supporters of this contraception mandate. Catholics (and others) must, must, pay for their employees contraception.
Please note that I’m all in favour of contraception for anyone who desires it: this is about the mendacity of this argument being presented, not about the underlying issue itself.