Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A women's right to privacy

In the aftermath of the Affordable Care Act debate a lot was made of the objection by Catholics, and other  Christian groups, as to being forced to provide contraception in their health insurance coverage despite their moral objection. The moral objection by the Catholics was painted by the media and Liberals as a war on women. Recently, North Dakota enacted some of the most restrictive abortion rules in the nation by making it illegal once a heartbeat is detected.

Yesterday the United States Food and Drug Administration announced that Plan B One-Step morning after pill can be sold over the counter to girls as young as 15 years of age. While the morning after pills does nothing to stop a pregnancy, it must be taken with days after unprotected sex takes place. Whether or not any woman decides to use contraception, have an abortion or kill a baby from a botched abortion is a choice that should be left to that female regardless of my own belief. Although I'd argue that if that child is born of a botched abortion, or induced as Dr. Gosnell does to abort fetuses, has the same right's of a child of 1 year or 16 years of age.

But I digress. In the case of Catholic institutions, anyone employed there ought to know and respect the moral objection while knowing full well that contraception and abortion coverage will not be part of the health care package. At the same time no law of the land, even a tax, should require the Catholic institutional to violate their moral objection. But if the Catholics moral objection and restricting the time frame of when a woman may abort a fetus are considered violations of a women's privacy then why do trample on their privacy in other ways?

If a woman is really in control of her own body and have the right to privacy of that then why can't a woman use her body to earn a living or enjoy any vice that she wishes?