United States government sacrifices women’s rights to religious Right


By Kate Randall in the USA:

Obama administration blocks access to emergency contraception for young women

9 December 2011

The Obama administration’s secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) has overruled a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommendation that would have allowed emergency contraceptives to be sold over the counter with no age restrictions. The move is an affront to women’s reproductive rights and an attack on the health of young women.

It is an action without precedent and the first time that HHS has used its statutory authority to override a government agency recommendation. Obama personally defended the decision in remarks at a White House press conference on Thursday.

The decision, denounced by women’s health advocates and medical professionals, highlights the Obama administration’s pandering to the religious right, anti-abortion activists, and the Catholic Church.

See also here. And here.

6 thoughts on “United States government sacrifices women’s rights to religious Right

  1. You know there is only one way to avoid such emergency situations!
    While I agree that sex ed should be taught, what is wrong with encouraging kids not to have sex?
    The reason I bring this up is becuase of the idea of emergency contraceptives. When one says emergency, broken arms, car wrecks, heart attacks, come to mind. Not “oh no I had sex”.
    Don’t worry I’m not that ignorant, I know that rape, etc should be an exception. But really?
    “Politics has overruled science?” Where does childhood, morality, purity, is that all passe?
    Were also not talking about women’s rights, were talking about Children’s rights! When a child does something stupid, like having sex at 11, 12, or 13, it is good to have parents involved becuase it is a parents job to make sure kids learn and grow.

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  2. tobeforgiven, if you might have an unwanted pregnancy, then you have every right in the world not to use emergency contraceptives, basing yourself on your religious ideology.

    However, if you try to impose that ideology on others, then we are on the road to theocracy. Like in Afghanistan, both under the Taliban and under the present NATO-supported regime.Like was happening in the USA under warmonger Bush, is insufficiently redressed now under Obama, and might get much worse under a President Bachmann or a President Perry,

    If you want to base government on the Christian Bible, then others want to base it on the Edda, Mahabharata, or ancient Mayan religious writings, Surely, you as a Christian would not like to live under such a government?

    By the way, I am trying to save my old blog at Blogsome from annihilation (they are stopping hosting blogs) by copying to WordPress, so I do not have time for a long debate now.

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  3. Interesting response. I not much care what your government does. As I am not American, the prospect of Bachmann or Perry does not much concern me.
    I am glad you know your religious books, and I am aware of your stance on president Bush and his “warmongering” . I am also glad your concerned about theocracy.
    But I might be speaking on something much simpler. I do believe that every woman should have the right to choose contreceptives. But were talking about children here.
    My question is whether it is wrong to encourage support from parents? Is it wong to encourage innocence and purity?
    Well, I understand you dont have time to debate, just some thoughts. Thanks.

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  4. Even if you live thousands of miles away from the USA, eg, in Iraq, Libya, or Afghanistan, you should be extremely concerned who is president there, As the USA is the militarily strongest country, which invades other countries and has the most nuclear weapons. A religious fanatic like Bachmann might start a nuclear war annihilating all or most human life.

    The blog post is specifically on the USA. You are defending a US government decision which does not help “innocence and purity” but which will damage health and cause unwanted pregnancies.

    And now back to Dear Kitty. Some Blog, as long as it is not deleted yet.

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  5. In 2011, birth control is no longer controversial with voters. Last month, conservative Mississippi voters defeated the “fetal personhood” referendum in part because it outlawed certain forms of birth control.

    But anti-abortion leaders are pressuring President Obama to let employers restrict birth control coverage. Please join me in telling President Obama to protect access to birth control for all women.

    Thanks for all you do!

    Bob Fertik

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    “Requiring insurance coverage for birth control with no co-pays is an historic advancement for women’s health. I urge you to reject the demands of extreme anti-woman activists to exempt religiously affiliated universities and hospitals and other nonprofits from this rule.

    Women’s access to birth control shouldn’t be determined by who they work for.”
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    In August, the Obama Administration listened to women’s rights advocates and made an historic advancement for women’s health with new regulations that require insurance coverage for birth control with no co-pays.

    But our allies involved in discussions with the White House have let us know that President Obama may be poised to cave on this tremendous step forward for women’s health within the next week.

    Extremists who literally oppose any woman having access to contraceptives are lobbying President Obama to overturn these new regulations and block access to birth control for millions of women, as a part of their coordinated strategy to limit women’s access to health care.

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    We know that President Obama is hearing our message: Over 130,000 activists have signed our petition and made over 2,500 calls to the White House. But we can’t stop pushing President Obama to make the right decision.

    If President Obama caves to the demands of the radical anti-contraception activists, certain employers like religiously affiliated universities and hospitals will be allowed to prevent their female employees from having access to the same health care as every other woman in America.

    The Department of Health and Human Services and the medical community agree that providing no-cost birth control is an essential part of preventive health care for women. And Kathleen Sebelius, the director of HHS, said that providing birth control at no cost to women should be like “covering flu shots.”1

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    The anti-woman lobby is small but incredibly powerful. We know that President Obama has had private meetings with influential leaders from U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops who have been publicly pressuring him to restrict access to birth control. There is already a religious exemption that covers churches and other places of worship from offering birth control as part of health insurance. This new push to radically broaden that exemption is nothing more than a thinly veiled attack on contraception.

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    1. “New U.S. rules require insurance coverage for contraception,” N.C. Aizenman, The Washington Post, 8-1-2011.

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