To the House Republicans, who are hostage to their party’s Tea Party faction, there’s probably no dirtier word than “bipartisan”—except, perhaps, for the words “birth control.”
Now that the fig leaf of “religious liberty” has been torn away, the right wing opposition to contraception coverage can be seen for what it is. But the question is, why are conservatives so afraid of free birth control?
Sure, a bunch of Catholic leaders are making a lot of noise about Obama requiring Catholic hospitals and universities to refrain from discriminating against their female employees. But that doesn’t mean American Catholics agree.
The Department of Health and Human Services has included contraceptive coverage as essential preventive care under the Affordable Care Act, while exempting organizations with an explicit religious mission from having to comply. For some, this exemption does not go far enough. But how far can religious right organizations go in denying their employees access to essential preventive care?