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Does Maureen Pizzo, who wrote “Letter to U.S. Rep. Mulvaney on birth control compromise” in last week’s paper really believe “The employer is not even involved” as a result of this compromise?
Does she really think the insurance companies are going to provide free contraceptives out of the goodness of their hearts? The “compromise” is merely a shell game that will still result in religious employers paying for contraceptives as the insurance companies will ultimately pass the costs on to them.
Most of the letters on the birth control mandate have missed the major point. No one is telling a woman she can’t use birth control. Just because someone has the right to do something does not mean they have the right to expect someone else to pay for it. This fundamental truth has been totally absent from the debate so far.
The Catholic Church is not trying to tell any non-Catholic what they can or can’t do; they are simply saying they are unwilling to pay for it. That they have this right should go without saying.
It is a sad commentary on the state of society that anyone would attempt to force the Catholic Church or any other employer to pay for something they find morally repugnant.