Brian McNicoll


Our most-pro-abortion president ever is at it again.

As Tony Perkins, my fellow Louisianan and ally in the culture wars, pointed out on Wednesday, the federal government, as part of ObamaCare, is preparing to require that all private insurance plans cover contraceptives and sterilization services, including drugs that can cause abortions, such as Plan B and Ella, at no cost to the patient.

This means we’ll all pay more in premiums, co-pays and other associated costs so women can be assured of receiving these “free” services. And all organizations that provide health insurance to their employees will be forced to cover such services, even if they object on moral grounds. We’ll also pay more in taxes, so government itself can comply.

The regulation does provide a limited exception for employees of churches, but organizations such as Catholic Charities – which clearly are religious in nature – are not included. Perkins is pushing to expand the definition of “religious organization” and perhaps later to question whether requiring coverage of these abortion-inducing drugs violates the Hyde Amendment.

But much more about this is objectionable, and Perkins is correct that conservatives need to join together and stop this now.

The right tends to divide into two camps on these issues. One camp says no to abortion, no to contraception, no to STD prevention, diagnosis or treatment on religious grounds.

The other camp says no to getting bogged down in culture war skirmishes that chase away suburban voters. Its strategy – displayed earlier this year in the battle over funding for Planned Parenthood – is to turn the anti-religious nature of the left against it, to extract concession after concession from a President Obama desperate not to disappoint is pro-abortion allies.

I call today for formation of a third camp – one that says, “If we’re ever going to require a shred of personal responsibility on the part of Americans, let’s start by requiring they pay for their own sex.”

Food is a necessity. Conservatives may grouse about food stamps and poverty programs, but none want to turn our cities into little Calcuttas, with thousands of desperately hungry people begging in the streets. Healthcare falls under the same rubric. Few love the present system, but fewer still want to see people with immediate and acute health problems denied care.

Brian McNicoll

Brian McNicoll is a conservative columnist and freelance writer based in Alexandria, Va.