Hadley Heath

Lie #4:  Opponents of the mandate want to impose their religious views on others.  The Daily Kos likened opposition to the mandate as support for a “Christian Sharia Law!” And NOW president Terry O’Neill said, “…Opponents of birth control coverage are opponents of birth control, period.”  These claims are patently false.

Most people who oppose the mandate oppose it simply because it is a mandate.  At its core, this is a debate about the role of government.  It's particularly appalling for government to force those with religious convictions to violate their beliefs, but more broadly many Americans object to government setting these kinds of dictates, period.  Even beyond the consequences for individual liberty, there are economic consequences to such regulatory mandates as well.

Lie #5: This mandate is critical for women's health.  Feminists focus on women enjoying the benefit of “free” oral contraceptives, but there are reasons for concern that this policy could backfire in terms of women's health.  Condoms are the only form of birth control that prevents the spread of STDs, but oral contraceptive subsidies could lead to many forgoing condoms for the pill, putting women's health in jeapordy.   Each woman should decide which form of contraception is best for her, without the government skewing the market in favor of one form over another.

Furthermore, if oral birth control pills for females will be available to every American woman “free of charge,” why would scientists continue to develop an oral contraceptive for men?  In fact, instead of blindly supporting this mandate, feminists should ask why the Obama Administration wants to make contraception officially a “women’s issue” in the first place, when it should be a shared responsibility with men. 

Lie #6:  Women are so helpless, we can't take care of ourselves.  Ok, that's not how feminists put it exactly, but they certainly paint women as victims in need of government intervention, lest their bodies be “at the mercy of men” because they lack birth control.  Aren’t we stronger than this?  Can’t we be responsible for our own care, for our own actions?  Truly independent women who want to be in control of their own contraception and reproductive future should oppose the HHS mandate and stop arguing for Uncle Sam to intervene.   

Susan B. Anthony said, “There is not a woman born who desires to eat the bread of dependence,” but left-wing self-described “feminists” now seem exceptionally hungry for that costly bread.  So hungry, they are willing to hamstring employers, cheat the Constitution, and lie to the public.  American women shouldn’t buy these tired lines, and this out-dated brand of feminism. 

Hadley Heath

Hadley Heath is a Policy Analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum.