Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Show support for compromise that allows women employed at religious organizations to access contraceptives by contracting with a third-party administrator
Recently, the Obama administration announced new details of the Affordable Care Act. These changes were made as a compromise for non-profit organizations with a religious focus that felt the original act impeded their religious freedom. The compromise allows women access to free contraception without forcing the religious groups to pay for it. This compromise is a step forward for women across the country.
The Affordable Care Act has been the subject of many lawsuits from religious groups who feel contraception goes against their religion, and do not wish to provide it to their employees. While a compromise has already been made for religious groups who purchase insurance from other companies, there was no option for self-insured groups. This new compromise requires these religious groups to contact a third-party administrator to provide contraception coverage for employees. This allows women to receive contraception and does not force objecting groups to pay for it.
This compromise is a major step forward for women. It shows that no matter a woman’s lifestyle, she is entitled to access to contraception. Religious beliefs, while considered with the compromise, do not take precedence over the rights of women. According to Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, ‘This policy makes it clear that your boss does not get to decide whether you can have birth control.’ Women have the right to choose what to do with their bodies, and this includes whether or not to use contraceptives. This compromise should be applauded for emphasizing this.
Dear President Obama:
Recently, new details were added to your Affordable Care Act. These details act as a compromise for religious groups who do not wish to provide coverage for contraception to employees. The compromise allows women to receive contraception at no cost from a third party. This allows them to receive the full benefits of the Affordable Care Act without the religious groups being forced to do something against their beliefs.
I applaud you for this compromise. While these rights of these religious groups are important, it is important that the rights of women not be ignored. With this compromise, women are not prevented access to contraception based on their employment. This is a step forward for women’s rights and needs to be celebrated.
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