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Archive for the day “February 15, 2012”

Should Your Boss Control Your Access To Medical Care?

In a radical response to President Obama’s desire to make birth control readily available to any woman who wants it, Republican Senator Roy Blunt has proposed letting any employer deny coverage for any health care treatment to which they claim a religious or moral objection.  Not just a well-documented religious objection, such as birth control for Catholic women, but a MORAL objection.  This means your boss could impose his morals on your access to health care.

Your employer could choose to deny coverage for contraception, HIV treatment, vaccination, substance-abuse/alcohol counseling, blood transfusions, prenatal care for unmarried woman, or even mental illness.  Is this the answer to our problems?  Let our bosses decide what medical treatment we should have access to?


More on the War on Women….

Remember in 1960 when so many people were upset that John Kennedy, if elected, would be controlled by the Vatican?  Their fears were unfounded.  Ironic, that now so many people are upset that our current president refuses to be controlled by the Vatican, isn’t it?

The state of Virginia’s republican super-majority has passed two of the most restrictive anti-abortion bills in the country. These bills will now to go to the Senate.  One bill declares a fertilized egg a person.  The egg is fertilized prior to implanting itself in the uterus.  Implantation is when medical science considers a woman to be pregnant.  Many eggs are fertilized, but never implant themselves, are these to be considered people, too?

The second bill requires a woman wishing to obtain an abortion to undergo a “transvaginal ultrasound” prior to having the abortion done.  This is a medically unnecessary and painful, invasive procedure.  Who will be forced to pay for this procedure?  The low-income woman?  The insurance company that doesn’t want to pay for medically unnecessary procedures?

The GOP is outraged that President Obama wants to require insurances to cover birth control.  They say it is an intrusion by government into our personal lives.  I can’t think of anything more intrusive than a woman having to put her feet into the stirrups, a doctor inserting a probe into her vagina, pushing it through her cervix and into her uterus.  But the GOP in Virginia is going to try to require this.  This is the (supposedly less intrusive) government telling both a woman and a physician what they have to do before the woman can choose to have a legal procedure done.

The republican controlled House and Senate in Virginia has also declared that the state has no business urging young girls to be vaccinated (HPV) against a virus that can later cause cancer, but they have no problem with the state telling women and physicians what they HAVE to do.  Am I the only one who sees the hypocrisy here?

Del. Todd Gilbert had to apologize for his remark concerning abortions, that “in the vast majority of these cases, these are matters of lifestyle convenience.”

I have known a few woman that had abortions.  They each had their own individual reasons.  They did not make the decision lightly.  And not one of them did it for “lifestyle convenience”.


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