The Left says there’s a war on women, and the Right says there’s a war on religious liberty. They’re both right.
The war on religious liberty is very clear. With the ObamaCare mandate that religious institutions provide a service that goes against their religious tenets, whether paying for it themselves or paying for insurance that provides it, we are traveling into unprecedented invasion of the state into the behavior of the church. Jehovah’s Witnesses, their doctors, and their insurance aren’t mandated to provide transfusions, because transfusions are a violation of that religion. The courts have ruled that some religious sects have rights to use drugs otherwise considered illegal because those drugs are integral to their religion. We do not force conscientious objectors to go to war, even when they are drafted. The state shall not violate people’s consciences. We are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. The ObamaCare mandate goes against all the freedom we have fought for since the Revolutionary War.
The war on women is a lot murkier, and that’s desirable by some.
It starts with vocabulary. The “contraception” that is most controversial is not contraception at all. Those drugs work not by preventing conception but by preventing implantation.
Religion aside, there are two logical points where one may consider whether someone is a person: when they have a full set of DNA, and when they can fend for themselves. Everything else is just a matter of location, whether inside or outside of a womb. Thankfully today only the most extremely poor ethicists consider that someone can be terminated when they are not currently providing a service to the community. We are left with the other logical point that once there is a full set of DNA, there is life. There’s a person there, no matter how small. If we prevent implantation, we have to consider the fact that we are killing an existing person.
Granted, there are extraordinary circumstances where we do this already, when the child develops in a place or in a way that risks the life of the mother. Those are not good situations, but it’s better to save one than to lose both.
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