Paul Jacob

Buried beneath his nastiness, Rush had a point: Ms. Fluke does want the government — and all health insurance consumers — to pick up the tab for her contraceptives. And as everyone knows, contraceptives have something to do with sex. (Oh, my!)

Denouncing Georgetown University’s unwillingness — as a Catholic institution, remember — to provide contraceptive health coverage, Fluke announced to a forum of congressional Democrats, “We refuse to pick between a quality education and our health. And we resent that in the 21st century anyone thinks it’s acceptable to ask us to make this choice simply because we’re women.”

Sorry, life is choices — and the more freedom, the more choices must be made. Because in addition to Fluke’s freedom and the freedom of other women (and men), the people freely associating to run Georgetown University have freedom, too.

Of course, Fluke states her case in terms of freedom versus tyranny: “When you let university administrators or other employers, rather than women and their doctors dictate whose medical needs are legitimate and whose are not, a woman’s health takes a back seat to a bureaucracy focused on policing her body.”

But in reality, Georgetown cannot and does not prevent Ms. Fluke from pursuing any medical needs she and her doctor deem legitimate. Georgetown simply doesn’t facilitate her coverage for contraceptive use. And she wants them to.

One moment, Fluke is worried about the freedom to have it her way, the next moment she calls for President Obama to take away the freedom of Georgetown University by forcing the school to provide the insurance coverage she desires.

Freedom gives both Georgetown University and Sandra Fluke the right to make choices. It doesn’t give either party the right to force the other to make choices contrary to conscience, interest, or even whim.

The issue isn’t about contraceptives, but the right to choose . . . on your own nickel.


Paul Jacob

Paul Jacob is President of Citizens in Charge Foundation and Citizens in Charge. His daily Common Sense commentary appears on the Web and via e-mail.