Falling wrote:Well if Catholics can deny contraception, can businesses owned by Jehova's Witnesses deny blood transfusions?
If they had a business that only employed Jehovas, only served jehovas, and were for a religious purpose, then yes. That's what the catholics were trying to dispute here. The exemption only applies if you meet the above requirements. Catholics happened to be a large part of the population with several business related to it. A hospital and university, both institutions that normally provide access to birth control, are saying that since catholics run it, then it should fall under the exemption. In fact, the reasons Catholics are so up in arms about it was they thought Obama promised them that they wouldn't push on their territory regarding this very issue when they agreed in turn to roll over on the health care act. When the Catholics realized that the exemptions weren't going to cover them, they got really upset at the "betrayal". Hence the controversy.
Catholic universities and hospitals serve large sectors of the country, so all those students and patients were out of luck with regard to birth control. Just to prove that Heisenberg example is wrong: The students at a Catholic university knew that the The Affordable Care Act law guaranteed them the right to free birth control from their insurer, the university. Catholic universities refuse to even provide them, you can't even pay them. The students have to travel outside of school, and pay $20 a month out of pocket to buy their own pills. Many students, unable to travel or pay are forced to obey Catholic scripture, aka go off birth control pills. In addition, they also don't provide birth control pills, also known as hormone treatments since that is what they are, to anyone with a medical condition requiring hormone treatments. The wealthy aren't the ones affected by this, it's the poor and the young.
Oh, don't blame this on Obama fully, he was going to delay this til after the election by delaying enforcement for a year. However, Catholics forced the issue, demanding clarification now. That's why it's so ill-timed, because Catholics want to pressure him when he's weakest. Lastly, he's helping 15% of the population, considering that of your catholic population, 3 out of 4 use birth control. The only people complaining are old white dudes with fancy hats.