2/10: Health care and religious institutions

Moderated by Tom Sabulis
The new federal rule requiring religious schools and hospitals to include birth control and other reproductive services in their health care coverage continues to draw headlines.

Today,  Atlanta’s Catholic archbishop writes about the government’s “dangerous interference” with religious groups, while a local  Baptist pastor says the law is “essential” and fundamentally fair.

What do you think?

32 comments Add your comment


February 10th, 2012
8:21 am

At first glance, I thought this is more “nanny statism” and a very serious encroachment on individual liberty. However, the population, locally and globally is growing faster than the natural resources to substain it.
CO2 emissions are contributing to GLOBAL WARMING that once it reaches the “tipping point” the earth will just continue to heat up. This winter has been the warmest in decades. WATER, already in the shortest supply in decades will just continue to decrease.
Ofcourse, without liberty, it is a bleak future anyway.


February 10th, 2012
7:36 am

You realize that it’s already mandated in 28 states, right? You realize GA is one of those 28, right? (Official Code of Georgia Annotated § 33-24-59.6) You realize it’s been mandated here since 1999…right? Where has all this outrage been in all that time?


Ronnie Raygun

February 10th, 2012
7:29 am

Sorry, you can’t use religion as a fig leaf to break the law. Or can I start a religion that says I can’t allow southern baptists in my store? Would y’all be okay with that too?


February 10th, 2012
7:28 am

You don’t like the rules then don’t take the federal dollars.


February 10th, 2012
12:00 am

It is amazing that the government continues to expand into every area of our private lives. The relationship that a religious organization has related to the reproductive health of their members should not be any of the governments business. We once fought a war for independence to stop a small group of royals from controlling our lives. Now, I fear we have self established American monarchs who think they know what is best for us “serfs”.


February 9th, 2012
11:51 pm


February 9th, 2012
11:50 pm

One could view this as an economic issue and view religious institutions engaged in commerce, mostly schools and hospitals, seeking a competitive advantage in their health care costs. Even so, maybe best to let the market sort it out and see who gets the best doctors, nurses and teachers.

Just a thought experimant.


February 9th, 2012
11:10 pm

Come November, all incumbent elected public office holders seeking reelection should be voted out.

TC in Atlanta

February 9th, 2012
11:07 pm

rc – very well said! I concur!


February 9th, 2012
10:11 pm

It seems rather disingenuous to imply (or state) that failure to mandate contraception coverage will leave large numbers of women unable to obtain birth control. Low-cost (or free) contraceptives have been available for decades for those whose income is insufficient to purchase them at regular cost.

On the other hand, to require Americans to provide and financially support something to which they have religious objections tramples the very fabric of our First Amendment freedom. When we had an active military draft, even during World War II, we allowed Quakers, Mennonites, and other pacifist believers to avoid the draft or to participate as non-combatants. We do not demand that Kosher delicatessens serve pork. Only by a court order can a Jehovah’s Witness be required to receive a blood transfusion, and that generally applies only to minors when a court believes their lives to be in danger.

How, in the 21st Century, one branch of our government suddenly decided that free contraceptives and/or abortifacients were a consitutional mandate that overrides the First Amendment boggles the mind.