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Health care, religious freedom/liberty, and religious employers


In a religious freedom/liberty conflict
between religious employers, their
employees, & students, who wins?

The federal Health & Human Services
(HHS) contraceptive mandate. The
Catholic Church's "Fortnight of Freedom"
campaign. Various lawsuits reach the U.S.
Supreme Court

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Who wins and who loses in a battle of conflicting religious freedoms and liberties?

There has been a continuing conflict over the use of contraception medication, devices, and procedures in the U.S. The conflict has been mainly among:

  • Religious employers, such as religiously affiliated hospitals, educational institutions, and social service agencies

  • Religiously motivated owners of secular businesses like Hobby Lobby,

  • Employees of these groups and students at these educational institutions, and

  • The federal government's Health and \Human Services department (HHS) and the HHS Mandate concerning employees' health insurance plans.

The sticking point is often whether the plans provide contraceptives, birth control devices, and supplies at no cost to those employees and students who want them. The Roman Catholic Church and a few other faith groups teach that the use of contraceptives is intrinsically evil. Many conservative Protestants have rejected scientific studies and believe that some of the emergency contraceptives (EC) included in the mandate actually cause abortions.

It is ironic that one of the main opponents of free birth control is the Roman Catholic Church which also is a main opponent of abortion access. If free contraceptives were provided to all American workers, then the rate of unwanted and unexpected pregnancies would drop to a fraction of its current value. Since on the order of a half of such pregnancies result in abortions, the abortion rate in the U.S. would drop to a fraction of its current value. The rate of abortions -- which the Church equates to murder of human persons -- would be greatly reduced to values found in many western European countries.

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Copyright © 2012 to 2016 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance 
Originally written: 2012-JUN-24
Latest update: 2016-MAR-24
Author: B.A. Robinson

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