Friday, January 20, 2012

Obama administration now mandates contraception coverage

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Contraceptive pills

What’s that I hear? After the near-endless volley of setbacks and prohibitions against women’s healthcare services last year from the Republican Party, we’re now getting some good news at last? It seems so:

Today, in a huge victory for women’s health, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that most employers will be required to cover contraception in their health plans, along with other preventive services, with no cost-sharing such as co-pays or deductibles. This means that after years of trying to get birth control covered to the same extent that health plans cover Viagra, our country will finally have nearly universal coverage of contraception.

Of course, at this point, it’s futile to cheer too loudly; Christian-Rightists are bound to find out and launch their prohibitionist crusade anew. We can only wait and see what will happen once all that’s over with.

Speaking of which, here’s Catholic League blowhard Bill Donohue braying just now about how this decision supposedly squelches “religious liberty” (to maintain control over women’s bodies).