It’s a huge victory for women everywhere: Contraception will now be covered at no cost on insurance plans, saving many hundreds of dollars or more a year in prescriptions and co-pays.
But in a strange moment of spin from the Obama administration, it seems as if they want to distance themselves from actually promoting birth control, as if they are worried about taking a side in the so-called “debate.”† According to Stephanie Cutter, a deputy senior adviser to President Obama, who spoke on CBS:
“This isn’t about abstinence. This is not about preventing unwanted pregnancies. This is about women’s health. There are known benefits based on the science, based on the experts, based on the independent studies of the Institute of Medicine that keep women healthy, if you lower the cost of contraceptive services. These are FDA (Food and Drug Administration)-approved contraceptive services. It helps with keeping women healthy, it helps with lowering the rates of low-birth weight (babies), lowering (the number of) premature births and helping women with chronic conditions have children in a healthy way.”
So approving contraception for the purpose of just not having a child isn’t good enough?† Instead, it needs to be “to create healthier babies?”
It becomes even more clear that the administration is trying to avoid “controversy” when you take into account the “religious exemption” placed on the mandate, that allows any religious business, organization or nonprofit that chooses not to offer birth control an opt out offer, if they choose to enact it.
That’s right, a conscience clause on mandatory coverage of birth control.† Even when it comes to women’s health, religious freedom always comes first.