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We use the “ifs” often when arguing about who to vote for. “If Romney was president, he would…” “If the Republicans had cooperated, we would have…” “If President Obama had not…”

There’s good reason for doing so. But I am controlled this year by what has happened, not what should have or what might in the future. I have been so stunned by it that I barely know how to address it. Four years ago the President said that though we can’t agree on abortion, we can agree on how to talk about abortion. He didn’t talk about it with us, however, before announcing early this year that most of us would be paying for abortifacient contraceptives.

This is not simply a policy disagreement, which is unavoidable in any administration. This is forcing millions of Americans to choose between searing their consciences or facing financial hardship.

This not simply a Catholic issue, although they ought to have the right not to pay for products their beliefs proscribe. I wager there are millions of non-Catholic Americans, such as myself, who object to paying for products that eliminate a living fetus in any stage of its life.

This is not simply an institutional issue. It’s not enough that churches be released from this order. Business owners who object to this policy must also be free to run their businesses according to their consciences. If they can’t, their first freedom is violated.

I’m sorry that social issues such as this one are tiresome to many people. But there is a reason over 110 plaintiffs—Catholic and non-Catholic, religious and for-profit — have filed suit against the current administration. I am sure the President thinks he means well to provide free contraceptives to women. But they’re not free. They come at the price of our consciences.

Rebekah Hall

Leesburg

Comments

Rebekah, according to you, a fertilized egg is a “person”.  If that is the case, and you have a husband or boyfriend, the YOU have flushed a “human being”.  Yes, 75% of all fertilized eggs get flushed, not because there is anything wrong with them, they just slide out.  Contraception has allowed women to decide when they are willing and financially able to properly have babies.  Contraception allows them to work, be productive citizens, to not be a slave to their bodies.  Talk to a doctor before writing your letters next time.


Rebekah, it would have been really wise to have found out how birth control pills work before writing this letter. It also would have been wise to find out that birth control pills prevent abortions. Look at the difference in abortion rates in countries where birth control is widely available vs the countries where it isn’t.
If you really cared about protecting the unborn, you would be advocating wider availability of birth control pills.

Please get informed.

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