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This Week's Poll:  Does the health insurance mandate for free contraceptives violate religious freedom?

This Week's Poll: Does the health insurance mandate for free contraceptives violate religious freedom?

birth control pillsWhen religious institutions (not churches) such as hospitals and schools were required to provide free contraceptives in their health care plans, the Catholic Church and a number of fundamentalist Christian groups objected, saying that they should not be forced to buy something that violates their theology.  This, they said, was a violation of religious freedoms guaranteed in the constitution.

Not all employees of religious charities or organizations subscribe to the faith of their employers.

On February 11, President Obama announced a compromise whereby the institutions would not directly provide contraceptives to their employees, but the insurance companies themselves would directly provide birth control to the employees who request it.

This compromise has not been good enough for religious groups that claim that their religious liberties continue to be infringed upon. Priests for Life called the compromise "an abomination."  Last week, a House oversight committee held the first of its hearings on whether the compromise violated religious freedoms and, in its first panel, heard an all-male slate of witnesses who represented religious groups.  The next panel will reportedly include two female witnesses.

Regardless of whether you think the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148) (called "Obamacare" by those opposed to it) is right or wrong, and assuming that it will become the law of the land, do you think that the president's compromise violates religious freedom?

While our polling software tracks IPs to void double voting, no one will know your personal identity.  The poll, which is not a scientific poll, will remain open until Sunday, February 26, 2012, noon Pacific Standard Time.

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Does President Obama's compromise that insurance companies directly provide birth control to employees of religious organizations violate religious freedom?

  • No. (89%, 34 Votes)
  • Yes. (11%, 4 Votes)
  • Not sure. (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 38

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  • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

    I voted no and think this whole thing is insane.

  • http://thejoyfulmystic.blogspot.com Sheri Lawson

    I don't believe it violates religious freedom because people are still able to practice whatever religion they want, and still have access to birth control – if they want. No one is forcing anyone to use birth control, they are simply making it available and affordable to women who want it. If the Catholic church wants to force women to have babies by taking away their rights as adults to use birth control, then they should be willing to pick up the lifetime cost of raising those children born to women whose rights were taken away by the church.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christina-Valentine/1334636285 Christina Valentine via Facebook

    No!!..its an individual choice to accept it or decline it..Now the last I check a..being able to choose is freedom

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1334636285 Christina Valentine

    No!!..its an individual choice to accept it or decline it..Now the last I check a..being able to choose is freedom

  • Sheldon

    This in no way violates religious freedom. In fact, I would suggest it enhances the freedoms that persons already have. There is now another choice instead of just the one a religious zealot says you should obey.

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