Contraceptive Controversy Heating Up

The controversy brewing over a pending federal rule requiring religiously affiliated employers to provide full contraception coverage to women has been heating up. Democrats in the White House support this rule saying that birth control and family planning are an essential part of women’s health. Republicans argue that it is an attack on the religious freedom for everyone in our country. While churches themselves would be exempt from the rule, hospitals and schools with religious affiliations would have to comply.

The strangest part of this whole controversy is that though Catholic teaching opposes abortion and the use of contraceptives, polls show a slight majority of U.S. Catholics actually favor the requirement. Rep. Diana DeGette, a Democrat from Colorado said, “I woke up this morning in the 21st century, not the Middle Ages. This seems to be the opinion of a lot of people. The family planning that contraceptives offer seems to fit much better into a modern lifestyle.

This controversy has the potential to greatly affect the 2012 election process. Republicans will view the new regulations as an attack on religious freedom and a tremendous overstepping of the government, which could harm the Democratic Party. The regulations also have the potential to score Obama points with women by looking out for women’s health issues.

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