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Fans of the Seinfeld Show may remember Elaine’s dilemma when her favorite form of birth control was being discontinued, leading to her and other characters’ decision to stockpile her brand and to wonder whether her dates were “sponge-worthy.” If you read the headlines last week about changes to the Affordable Care Act mandates, you may have thought that fiction had become fact as groups such as Planned Parenthood and NARAL turned on the hyperbolic sirens claiming the end of birth control was near. Fake news personified.
The reality is that birth control is everywhere and will continue to be. The mandate changes “ban” nothing; the issue is who pays for it, and can you force people, like hard working nuns, to buy something that they find morally suspect. In essence, the Trump administration mandate changes restore choice to the healthcare mandate, as people can now act as their consciences dictate.
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During the healthcare debates the canard “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” was not the only promise broken. Assurances were made that the First Amendment Conscience Rights of people of faith would be protected, allowing people to decline to pay for things like life-ending drugs, devices, and procedures, like abortions. Groups like mine, Students for Life of America, were told that our values would be respected and that we would not be forced to participate in the anti-life culture of abortion. But when the plans came out, the choice for life wasn’t allowed.
Instead, abortion advocates were front and center as the mandates — regulations requiring every insurance plan to cover listed services — were created by a group of unelected bureaucrats. Not only were people of faith and conscience forced to cover contraception, something that some Americans oppose, but the abortion lobby won a great victory...
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