The ladies on the news team apparently think I'm some sort of misogynist monster for not being outraged at President Obama for "caving" on contraceptive coverage. As if the principle of the matter is more important than the end result.
Yes, it's irritating that we have to go through these political contortions at all. And yes, it's offensive that religious groups are even being taken seriously in their demand that they should have a say over how their female employees use their vaginas. But I just find it hard to get angry at the White House for implementing a rule that for the first time ever, assures that every woman with health care coverage receives access to free birth control with no co-pays, no matter where they work. And apparently, the heads of Planned Parenthood and NARAL agree:
“This policy delivers on the promise of women having access to birth control without co-pays no matter where they work,” said Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, saying that “the principle is clear and consistent. This policy makes it clear that your boss does not get to decide whether you can have birth control.”
“Today’s draft regulation affirms yet again the Obama administration’s commitment to fulfilling the full promise of its historic contraception policy,” said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “Thanks to this commitment, most American women will get birth-control coverage without extra expense.”
Under the proposed rule, if religious not-for-profits choose to opt out of paying for birth control coverage, their insurance companies must provide it for free. No fees, no co-pays, no extra hoops for women to jump through. I just don't see what there is to be so angry about that.