Quite honestly, I could probably write a week’s worth of posts about the recent HHS mandate, accommodation and continuing controversy. But I won’t. Reason being? I really think it’s a conversation you must have, in person. It’s too important and too many things can be read into what people write. So, I’m offering these ten quick takes and then I’m putting it on the blog shelf to be read at another time.
Yesterday, I blogged over at Austin Catholic New Media about my background with the pill. Today, you get why I think the HHS thing is Just. So. Wrong.
TOP TEN: HHS MISSTEPS
1. Pregnancy is now lumped into “preventable diseases” with things like cancer and heart disease. Sigh.
2. Birth control got all the headlines, but for me, it was always about the entitlement factor. People wanted the government to PAY for a CHOICE they make. And the government bought it, wrapped it up and put in a “women’s right” package. I hate being used like that.
3. After seeing that the government can so quickly and easily mandate coverage of birth control, to quote Cardinal Tim Dolan, “For whom doth the bell toll next?” This is so scary. Y’all, the government has really overreached its authority. We need to continue to call them on it.
4. The whole “accommodation” is just semantics. Employers are still paying for the drugs that some find morally objectionable. Nothing in life is free. And, please, don’t insult me and say that women “need” access to birth control. I have a free option. It’s called self-control.
5. It’s very frustrating for me to read the inflammatory remarks in the MSM. It’s a reminder that we have forgotten how to have civil discourse in this country. I do not expect everyone to play nice and get along, but I do expect the general courtesy to listen and find a way to meet in the middle. Everyone seems so caught up in getting their way, that they’ve forgotten how to have a real discussion that generates real results.
6. This was never a Catholic-only issue. If you think that, then perhaps you need to give me a call so we can chat. Hat tip to Cardinal Dolan and the hundreds of Bishops who took to the pulpit to encourage parishioners to call their legislators.
7. The more I read about this particular mandate, the more I’m learning about the “special committee” that will be making similar recommendations and mandates in the future. The same board that wrote this mandate also wrote the one about mammograms not being “medically necessary” until age 50. That too, is short-sided. Many of these committee members don’t even have their medical license yet they make medical decisions. THAT is scary.
8. If one more person quotes that 98% statistic I’m going to scream. IT IS WRONG! Get the facts straight, folks. Here’s the link to the original study. As a former statistics student and one who used numbers to further my thesis in graduate school, I know how one can make numbers appear to be in their favor. But, this stat? This egregious number just makes my blood boil faster than a Longhorn at Kyle Field.
9. Do we really believe that by passing out birth control like it’s candy is going to: 1) reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies, 2) reduce overall health costs and 3) promote a culture of life in our country? I’m speechless.
10. Two women, in particular, have really disappointed me. Royally. Speaker Pelosi and Secretary Sebelius. Both are Catholics, yet I’m left wondering how their faith has influenced their decisions. It is impossible to separate out your faith from your actions. I’m not one to believe you can “personally” believe one thing, yet “legislate” another. That seems to be inconsistent, an oxymoron, if you will. Either you lead true to who you are or you sell out. For me, there isn’t much of a distinction.