It’s Not About Contraception, It’s About Freedom
At the Washington Post, Greg Sargent takes a look at polling data and concludes that the contraceptives issue “could be a good wedge issue” against Republicans in 2012.
Why? Because the issue is being defined as a referendum on contraception, or a “return of the culture wars,”not as a referendum on religious freedom, or just plain old freedom in general.
This is an important distinction. Many (some on purpose) are conflating opposition to a mandate for contraceptive coverage with opposition to contraception in general. That’s not what this is about.
It’s not about how you feel about contraception. It’s about whether or not you’re allowed to make up your own mind on the matter. Everyone of all political persuasions should be concerned by this level of government involvement in our decisions.
Even liberal Obama supporters who might support this sort of a mandate ought to be wary of opening this door. Because Obama isn’t going to be in office forever. Suppose Rick Santorum were to be elected to replace him and began instituting policy like the sort of puritanical extremist the left believes him to be.
Would liberals then be happy that the government has the power to determine what our insurance policies will and will not cover?Tags: contraception, obamacare, religious freedom