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IT HAS BEEN 52 years since the Supreme Court ruled, in Griswold v. Connecticut, that government may not ban anyone from using contraceptives. The freedom to use birth control is protected by the Constitution's "fundamental right" to privacy. That freedom is a matter of settled law and hasn't been challenged in the slightest by President Trump or his administration.
But you wouldn't know that from the hysteria that erupted when the White House last week acted to uphold the conscience claims of employers who object to funding some types of contraception on sincere moral or religious grounds.
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"The Trump administration just took direct aim at birth control coverage for 62 million women," stormed Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood. On Twitter, Hillary Clinton accused Trump of showing "blatant disregard for medicine, science, & every woman's right to make her own health decisions." Elizabeth Warren, denouncing "this attack on basic health care," claimed that the GOP's top priority is to deprive women of birth control. "News flash to Republicans," Warren sneered. "The year is 2017, not 1917."
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News flash to Warren, et al.: There is no attack on health care, and no one in America is being deprived of birth control. You are losing nothing but the power to force nuns to pay for your oral contraceptives. As a matter of common decency, you should be ashamed of demanding something so outrageous.
Access to birth control may be deemed within the First Amendment's "emanations" and "penumbras," as the Supreme Court put it. The right to religious liberty, however, is not merely implied by the words of the Constitution. It's explicit. As a matter of economics and public policy, the Affordable Care Act mandate that birth control be supplied for free is absurd. But ramming that mandate down the throat of Christian colleges,...
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