Just a few things, Sir.
1. Last week (January 22, 2012) you released this statement,
“As we mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must remember that this Supreme Court decision not only protects a woman’s health and reproductive freedom, but also affirms a broader principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters. I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and this fundamental constitutional right.”
To be clear, within this statement you claim that Roe v. Wade protects women’s health, allows for freedom and most importantly, it affirms that the government should NOT ever intrude in the most private of matters. Oh, and let us not leave out your commitment to uphold basic constitutional rights.
2. So now that all of that is clear, let’s talk about this,
“The Obama administration said Friday that most health insurance plans must cover contraceptives for women free of charge, and it rejected a broad exemption sought by the Roman Catholic Church for insurance provided to employees of Catholic hospitals, colleges and charities.”
To be clear again: Friday, January 20, 2012, your administration decided to make it mandatory for most every employer to provide their employees with insurance that provides free contraception, sterilizations and even some abortifacients (abortion inducing drugs).
3. Forgive me, because I must be missing something. Can we go over it again?
First, I hear you’re forcing 1/4 of the people of this nation to violate their consciences and are flat out stealing away their most basic right of religious freedom. Thereby, you are also taking away the ability for many Catholics to have health insurance (because many, if not all, Catholic institutions will stop providing insurance to their employees if this mandate continues), which does not do anything to protect women’s (or men’s) health. And because of all of this you’re allowing the government to completely intrude upon the most sacred and personal aspect of a persons life.
Then, only two days later, you say you desire to protect women’s health, protect fundamental constitutional rights AND keep the government out of private matters…
Do you see my confusion, Mr. President? I’ve done my research and still can’t quite wrap my head around all of this. Clearly, I must be missing something. I know you are incredibly busy and all, but would you mind clearing this up for me? I’m sure you have a perfect explanation for it all.
Erika J. Parks