Symmetry wrote:Phatscotty wrote:This issue is not about women. It's about forcing religious institutions to accept insurance who make birth control methods mandatory. That is why you saw a bunch of men, because they are priests and rabbis etc....
See my point above, but with the added confusion of the word "mandatory", which is at best ambiguous.
Now, of course this is about women. It can also be about other things- religious freedom being one of them, but saying it isn't about women don't make it so. Eye-rolly emoticons simply don't cut it as an argument.
Cutting to the heart of the matter, there are of course female priests and rabbis. Often they tend to be shunned by the male hierarchy, but they exist. Would asking their opinion be so difficult?
Then I guess all these cases will be thrown out, and I guess Obama changed the policy for no reason...
Seven states asked a federal judge Thursday to block an Obama administration mandate that requires birth control coverage for employees of religious-affiliated hospitals, schools and outreach programs.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court of Nebraska, alleges that the new rule violates the First Amendment rights of groups that object to the use of contraceptives.
It marks the first legal challenge filed by states.
The rule, announced as part of the federal health care law, has come under fire from religious groups that object to the use of contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs. In response to the criticism, Obama administration officials have said they will shift the requirement from the employers to health insurers themselves.
Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, a Republican who is running for U.S. Senate, said the administration's regulation "forces of millions of Americans to choose between following religious convictions and complying with federal law.
"We will not stand idly by while out constitutionally guaranteed liberties are discarded by an administration that has sworn to uphold them," he said.
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