One thing about patriarchal religions of the ancient Middle East — like, say, “Sharia Law” or “American Catholicism” — is that the menfolk don’t like the womenfolk having any control of their own bodies or lives. That’s why there was a predictable outrage over the Obama Administration’s long-planned addition of basic family planning medicine to health insurance coverage. It might seem like reproductive health would naturally be part of what we consider “health insurance coverage,” but that would be a dangerous assumption in a nation where one major political party, the Republicans, is completely based on the ring kissing and worship of an old Nazi child molester in Rome.
Is Barack Obama betraying American women just to “spin the news cycle” during an election year, so a bunch of cretinous old farts who already hate him would continue to hate him and also continue not to vote for him in November? Yes, but it’s an Election Year, so all basic convictions and common sense are “on hold” and perfectly acceptable.
The Guardian reports, because we can’t even deal with the American media on this shit:
The Obama administration is set to retreat in the face of a wave of opposition from the the conservative right and the Catholic church over health insurance coverage that would include birth control. The issue has grown into a dangerous one for Obama, threatening to alienate Catholics in an election year and providing an opening for conservatives who are accusing him of an offensive against religious freedom.
The White House will propose a compromise that would allow religious organisations to opt out of providing coverage for women that would include birth control. But the religious organisations would have to provide alternative, low-cost insurance, allowing the Catholic church to say it was not directly paying for contraception.
Eh, “something something Obama screws over America’s women so that old conservative men will calm down a bit,” the end. [The Guardian]Related