Stop Employers From Denying Health Insurance For Birth Control

Target: The Department of Health and Human Services

Goal: Stop employers’ attempts to make the personal decisions about birth control for their female workers by denying health insurance coverage.

The topic of birth control is a controversial and highly debated discussion. Legislation has seemed to agree with the idea that regardless of ideology, a woman should have the right to protect herself against unwanted pregnancy. Unfortunately, there are groups who are trying to control the decisions of others by outright denying them their options. The ACLU states, “These groups want special exceptions to allow any religiously affiliated institution, including hospitals that employ people of all faiths, to deny its employees insurance for birth control”.

To control the lives of one’s employees is wrong, the ideology of a few top people should not affect the personal lives of those who work for them. The use of contraceptives is a decision made by a woman, a means to avoid unwanted pregnancy or abortion. A woman may choose to use contraceptives for an assortment of reasons. Whether it is a single female that simply does not desire having a child or a mother of 3 who cannot afford to raise another child, the decision is personal and private.

These groups are trying to control their female employees by supporting policies that “would lose the ability to determine which health services are best for them and their families and instead could be beholden to the religious beliefs of their employers”.

To deny women the right to contraceptives options by taking away their health coverage is wrong and should not be allowed. The use of birth control is a way for a female to choose the life she desires, and it is fortunate that there are methods available for them to do so. To deny female employees the option of birth control as a means to satisfy ones own ideological beliefs is simply unethical.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Department of Health and Human Services,

The announcement that was made on August 1st stating that insurance plans must cover FDA approved contraceptives will undoubtedly benefit millions of women throughout the country. It is concerning to find that you are considering allowing a loop-whole for certain institutions, enabling the ideology of a powerful few to deny their female employees the contraceptive options they deserve.

At this day in age we are experiencing intense controversy over all sorts of important issues, one being a woman’s right to use methods to prevent unwanted pregnancy. Fortunately, we live in a country where everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, especially in a situation such as this where there will most likely never be an agreement or solution. However, conflict occurs when the ideology of one person is forced or inflicted on another, which is exactly what will happen if certain employers are allowed to deny birth control to their workers.

The groups who wish to deny their female employees birth control are not just churches and synagogues, they are large institutions such as hospitals, where the religious views of workers is irrelevant to their occupation.  The ACLU states that, “Catholic hospitals alone employ over half a million people. The effects of broadening the exception would be sweeping”.

I urge you to ignore this request to make exceptions for certain institutions. This is a way for a small group of people to force their beliefs on others, inevitably effecting the lives of millions of people. The religious or ideological views of one person should never be forced onto another, and to allow this to happen by denying health options is just wrong. To prevent an unwanted pregnancy, for whatever reason, using the contraceptives that are fortunately available today, should only be decided by a woman herself.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Goes Here]

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