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Birth Control and Beyond

February 15, 2012 9:20 am ET
Frustrated by President Obama's popular policy solution that maintains religious liberty and affordable access to birth control while earning the support of Catholic hospitals, universities, and leaders, Republicans now want to further empower corporations at the expense of working men and women. A vote on the Blunt Amendment could come as soon as today.

CORE MESSAGE

Letting corporations deny health care to anyone who works for them isn't how you respect religion.

Speak to values: We need leaders who understand that religious liberty and affordable health care are both core American values that needn't be pitted against each other.

Define: Frustrated by Obama's policy that maintains religious liberty and affordable access to birth control, Washington Republicans now want to further empower corporations at the expense of working men and women.

Illustrate: They're actually proposing that any corporation should be able to deny any health service - whether birth control, cancer tests, or any other care -- to anyone who works for them. And they have the gall to claim that faith is the reason.

Discredit: If Republicans really cared about faith, they'd listen to the religious institutions they claim to be concerned about, like Catholic Hospitals, that support the President's policy.

We have a choice: We can respect both religious liberty and women's health OR start letting corporations prevent parents from deciding when and how many kids to have.


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ATTACKS AND RESPONSES

ATTACK: "Obama's policy still forces religious charities and hospitals to violate their religious beliefs."
RESPONSE:

  • If this was true, why would Catholic Hospitals and universities and a wide range of Catholic, evangelical and mainline religious leaders support the President's policy?
  • President Obama listened to both sides and found a solution that works. No religious organization will be required to pay for, refer for, or even have any involvement in covering contraception for the women they hire.


ATTACK: "Obama's policy is an assault on our Constitutional protection of religious freedom."     
RESPONSE:

  • If the President's political opponents really cared about faith, they'd listen to the religious institutions they claim to be concerned about, like Catholic Hospitals, that support the policy solution.
  • Washington Republicans are actually proposing that any corporation should be able to deny any health service -- whether birth control, cancer tests, or any other care -- to anyone who works for them.
  • That's an ideological agenda that undermines the values and priorities of every major religious group in America that has fought for decades to expand access to health care.


ATTACK: "Catholics oppose Obama's new contraception policy."
RESPONSE:

  • Obama's popular solution is backed by the majority of Catholics and the Catholic institutions that are actually affected by the rule, including Catholic Hospitals -- which represents the largest group of nonprofit health care providers in the country.
  • Given that nearly 99 percent of women have relied on contraception in their lives and religious institutions are happy with Obama's compromise, is it any surprise that it would be so popular?
  • We can respect both religious liberty and women's health or start letting corporations prevent parents from deciding when and how many kids to have. There's no doubt what most Americans would choose.

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