Source: Religion News
The author argues, correctly, that free contraception is not as important as religious freedom — specifically discussing Obama’s mandate in his health care bill. The author states, “to the greatest extent possible, people should not be compelled by the state to violate their consciences. That’s what religious freedom means, and it is a foundational American value . . . neither I, nor any bureaucrat, should be the ultimate judge over other people’s consciences.”
The author goes on to say that by eliminating free contraception there will be more abortions. There are a couple of flaws in this line of thinking. First, the Obama mandate included “contraceptives” that many consider to be abortifacients (and they are considered that because they are). As such, the abortion rate was already skyrocketing. Second, it is good to do what is right, as opposed to worrying about what might be. We do not know for sure that more women will get abortions, but the truth is that as a pro-life movement we need to reach more people in a more meaningful way. We are all working towards ending abortion. Religious freedom — the freedom to live out one’s faith — is an excellent step towards that end.