Feminists Shouldn't Make Coverage For Oral Pills Their Holy Grail: Shikha Dalmia in TIME

Feminists were up in arms last week when the Supreme Court
agreed to hear a challenge against the Obamacare mandate requiring
employers to provide contraceptive coverage as part of a standard
insurance package (along withoral contraceptives pediatric dental coverage to
childless couples; fertility treatment to 60-year-olds and drug
rehab to teetotalers). But explains Shikha Dalmia in TIME today, by
forcing employers against their religious beliefs, feminists are
using unsympathetic means to promote a sympathetic cause. She
says:

Men everywhere can walk into a store and buy as many condoms as
they want, no questions asked. Likewise, women in Mexico, India and
44 other countries can buy oral contraceptives when they wish. Not
so in the United States, even though
99 percent
of all sexually experienced American women — and

98 percent
of Catholic American women — use some form of birth
control. This seems downright bizarre.

Despite such overwhelming demand, a Rasmussen
poll
released Monday found that only 38 percent of Americans
support forcing employers to cover contraceptives— and 51 percent
oppose it.


Feminists claim
that such attitudes stem from “sexism,”
“misogyny” and a “fear of women’s sexuality.” But if that were the
case,
90 percent
of Americans wouldn’t say that birth control is
“morally acceptable.” What feminists don’t seem to get is that
there is something problematic about making one person’s access to
contraception contingent on trampling on another person’s
religion…

The only reason American women need insurance coverage for
contraception is because they can’t buy birth control pills without
a prescription—which doctors won’t hand them without an annual
exam.

Doctors don’t require the exam because the pill is unsafe or
requires medical supervision. No. It is a way to keep their clinics
busy and their bank balances flush — and use women’s own biology
against them to make them do the medical establishment’s bidding
because, you know, women are too stupid to be trusted with their
own health. That’s the real sexism.

So if feminists were smart, they wouldn’t cast this issue in
terms women’s rights versus religious rights.

That’ll turn it into a lose-lose proposition. Medical
paternalism is a far bigger threat to women’s reproductive choices
than religious zealotry. Focusing on the first will do more to give
women control over their bodies— including the female employees of
Hobby Lobby — than a pitched battle against the second.

Go
here
to read the whole thing.

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Feminists Shouldn’t Make Coverage For Oral Pills Their Holy Grail: Shikha Dalmia in TIME

Feminists were up in arms last week when the Supreme Court
agreed to hear a challenge against the Obamacare mandate requiring
employers to provide contraceptive coverage as part of a standard
insurance package (along withoral contraceptives pediatric dental coverage to
childless couples; fertility treatment to 60-year-olds and drug
rehab to teetotalers). But explains Shikha Dalmia in TIME today, by
forcing employers against their religious beliefs, feminists are
using unsympathetic means to promote a sympathetic cause. She
says:

Men everywhere can walk into a store and buy as many condoms as
they want, no questions asked. Likewise, women in Mexico, India and
44 other countries can buy oral contraceptives when they wish. Not
so in the United States, even though
99 percent
of all sexually experienced American women — and

98 percent
of Catholic American women — use some form of birth
control. This seems downright bizarre.

Despite such overwhelming demand, a Rasmussen
poll
released Monday found that only 38 percent of Americans
support forcing employers to cover contraceptives— and 51 percent
oppose it.


Feminists claim
that such attitudes stem from “sexism,”
“misogyny” and a “fear of women’s sexuality.” But if that were the
case,
90 percent
of Americans wouldn’t say that birth control is
“morally acceptable.” What feminists don’t seem to get is that
there is something problematic about making one person’s access to
contraception contingent on trampling on another person’s
religion…

The only reason American women need insurance coverage for
contraception is because they can’t buy birth control pills without
a prescription—which doctors won’t hand them without an annual
exam.

Doctors don’t require the exam because the pill is unsafe or
requires medical supervision. No. It is a way to keep their clinics
busy and their bank balances flush — and use women’s own biology
against them to make them do the medical establishment’s bidding
because, you know, women are too stupid to be trusted with their
own health. That’s the real sexism.

So if feminists were smart, they wouldn’t cast this issue in
terms women’s rights versus religious rights.

That’ll turn it into a lose-lose proposition. Medical
paternalism is a far bigger threat to women’s reproductive choices
than religious zealotry. Focusing on the first will do more to give
women control over their bodies— including the female employees of
Hobby Lobby — than a pitched battle against the second.

Go
here
to read the whole thing.

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It’s that time of year
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to raise $100,000 over the next eight days from readers who dig
what we do at the country’s (and planet’s) only website devoted to
exploring, analyzing, and promoting “Free Minds and Free
Markets.”

Reason.com – along with Reason magazine and Reason TV – are
published by the nonprofit Reason Foundation, a 501(c)3 outfit,
which means your contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest
extent of the law.


This year’s swag levels
include the following:

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    action-packed issues, in dead-tree or digital format) and a classic
    black Reason T-shirt.
  • For $250, you get all that, plus a subscription you can gift to
    your bestest friend or worstest enemy, plus a copy of Paul Feine
    and Alex Manning’s award-winning documentary about drug
    prohibition, America’s Longest War.
  • For $500, you get all that, plus a chance to ask Matt Welch and
    me a question in our “Ask a Libertarian” video series.
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A.M. Links: Biden Urges Chinese Students To Challenge Authority Figures, Hezbollah Blames Israel For Assassination of Senior Commander, SpaceX Launches Commercial Satellite

  • Vice President
    Joe Biden
    has urged Chinese students to challenge government,
    teachers, and religious leaders. Does he have the same message for
    American students?

  • SpaceX
    has launched its first commercial satellite.
  • Hezbollah is blaming Israel for the
    recent assassination
    of one of its senior commanders.
  • Wall Street is worried about the
    future of the Fed’s stimulus
    program.
  • The House has passed a bill that would require that the

    TSA
    put all of the unclaimed money collected at security
    checkpoints towards nonprofit military groups.
  • American automakers have reported strong November sale
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Chris Reed on Loosening the Union Chokehold on California

Union power in the Golden State helps the few and
harms the many. In schools, the interests of unionized teachers
trump the needs of students. In local government, the compensation
given to unionized workers often reflects their political clout,
not the pay and benefits necessary to keep them on the job. In the
Legislature, public employees are so powerful that union lobbyists
have been known to openly browbeat lawmakers who don’t do their
bidding. So how can Californians loosen this union chokehold? Chris
Reed says by adopting a reform that’s both better for governance
and fairer to union workers than the status quo.

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Jacob Sullum on Religious Objections to Obamacare’s Contraceptive Mandate

For many Americans,
says Senior Editor Jacob Sullum, religion is something you do on
weekends and holidays. For others, it is the central organizing
principle of life. That split, Sullum argues, helps explain the
dispute over Obamacare’s requirement that businesses pay for their
employees’ contraceptives, which is the focus of two cases the
Supreme Court agreed to hear last week.

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Jacob Sullum on Religious Objections to Obamacare's Contraceptive Mandate

For many Americans,
says Senior Editor Jacob Sullum, religion is something you do on
weekends and holidays. For others, it is the central organizing
principle of life. That split, Sullum argues, helps explain the
dispute over Obamacare’s requirement that businesses pay for their
employees’ contraceptives, which is the focus of two cases the
Supreme Court agreed to hear last week.

View this article.

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Brickbat: I Don’t Want to Cause No Fuss

Rochester, New
York, police arrested three high school baskteball players
for waiting
for a school bus
. The team was waiting on the sidewalk for the
bus to take them to a scrimmage. An officer accused them of
blocking foot traffic and ordered them to disperse. When some of
them tried to explain they were just waiting for a bus that should
arrive shortly he arrested them for disorderly conduct. Their coach
arrived as they were being handcuffed, and when he asked they be
released, cops threatened to arrest him, too.

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Brickbat: I Don't Want to Cause No Fuss

Rochester, New
York, police arrested three high school baskteball players
for waiting
for a school bus
. The team was waiting on the sidewalk for the
bus to take them to a scrimmage. An officer accused them of
blocking foot traffic and ordered them to disperse. When some of
them tried to explain they were just waiting for a bus that should
arrive shortly he arrested them for disorderly conduct. Their coach
arrived as they were being handcuffed, and when he asked they be
released, cops threatened to arrest him, too.

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