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Illinois Representative Joe Walsh keeps saying, "This is not about women. This is not about contraceptives. This is about religious liberties."
But his support of cutting health care benefits to women isn't about liberty at all — it's about imposing his own views on everyone else.
President Obama's mandate says no institution can deny its employees the option for birth control on the basis of religion — meaning no group can dictate to a woman what she should or shouldn't do based on its religious views. Walsh wants to open the door to institutions making all employees follow their religious beliefs and that's a dangerous road to go down. What's next? Telling employees they must keep their hair or faces covered at work? Telling them what type of relationships will or won't be tolerated?
Let's make this truly about liberty, Rep. Walsh, and not let religious beliefs become a loophole for ignoring the law of the land.
Dear Representative Joe Walsh:
I have taken issue with some of your recent comments regarding the issue of mandated birth control coverage. During an all-male meeting of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, you said of the situation, "This is not about women. This is not about contraceptives...is about religious freedom. This is about religious liberties."
I am writing to reveal to you just how hypocritical that statement is. You're claiming that mandating safe, effective medication that keeps women healthy and helps them prevent unplanned pregnancies is an assault on religious freedom. Yet, isn't forcing women to live without necessary treatment due to her employer's religious beliefs a form of religious persecution as well?
You need to realize that birth control isn't about you or religion; it's simply about giving women the power to make their own informed choices.
You are trying to stymie the progress women have made over centuries, and I won't stand for it. Stop your hypocritical and selfish discourse now.