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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | FEBRUARY 15, 2012 6:30 AM

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Obama's not attacking the church

After much consideration of the article "Obama plan enrages GOP" and other news stories similar to it, I have made some conclusions.

First, that because Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion (First Amendment), and second that birth control is against the Catholic policy, then the government shall not make a law that prohibits the Catholic exercise of refusing birth-control.

Fortunately, the government is not forcing any Catholic women to take birth control. What the Obama administration is doing is protecting all non-Catholic women's rights to accept birth control and practice whichever religion they choose. This is not an attack on the Catholic Church but an attempt to protect any woman from having the church force its beliefs upon her. All people have the freedom to practice whichever religion they so choose, so many, many women choose to exercise their rights and also to protect their health.

We must stop pretending this is an argument of First Amendment religious freedoms when it is really a women's health and equal-protection argument. If employers are required to provide health insurance and that health insurance needs to cover contraception, then that's that.

Unless we want to go back and decide whether or not health insurance should cover birth control, which we already decided it should, then this has to stop. There is no compelling reason that we are fighting to prevent access to birth-control again. We've already decided that birth-control is not only necessary, but good for women's health.

Stop arguing that this is an Obama administration attack on the church. If you do not wish to take birth control, don't take it. All women in this nation have the same right to make the decision to access a legitimate and necessary medication. It is not up to the Catholic Church to make that decision for anyone.

Katie Kuntz
UI student


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