Birth Control and the Government

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Health care and what people are legally allowed to do with their bodies have created controversy galore throughout history. A particular point of debate is the topic of birth control and the government. A dangerous couple, it raises the question of who should have control over contraceptive laws and what controls involving them should be put in place? Currently, under the Obama Administration, the Affordable Care Act and “Obamacare” have been created. One of the sections of this new plan creates a mandate which requires private businesses to provide insurance that covers birth control costs. The government should not be able to force businesses, and therefore the American people, to pay for birth control via health insurance because it violates the First Amendment and would create a financial burden for an already struggling country. Indeed the U.S. government is governed by the Constitution which states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” (U.S. Const, Amend I). At the surface, making it mandatory for businesses to provide birth control for their employees is not a direct violation of this part of the First Amendment. However, if one is to dig deeper into this issue the violation becomes clear. Based off the Constitution, it is clear that Congress does not have the power to create laws that will prohibit the free exercise of religious freedoms. Religious freedoms are not limited to churches, mosques or other religious organizations, nor are they limited to acts of worship (Rivkin and Wheland). Rather they reach further to include the very way that a person chooses to live or not to live based on their religious convictions. Therefore it seems fitti... ... middle of paper ... ... 26 Nov. 2013. Web. 1 Jan. 2014. . Matthews, Merrill. "The Government on Birth Control." Forbes. Forbes.com, 4 Aug. 2011. Web. 1 Jan. 2014. . Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 2014. Web. 2 Jan. 2014. Rivkin, David B., Jr., and Edward Whelan. "Birth-Control Mandate: Unconstitutional and Illegal." Wall Street Journal (2013): n. pag. Web. 1 Jan. 2014. . Weigel, George. "The Mandate War." National Review 21 May 2012: n. pag. Ethics and Public Policy Center. Web. 1 Jan. 2014. .
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