Obama to Announce Birth-Control Compromise That Satisfies No One

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Obama's reportedly going to announce some sort of compromise today on the requirement that religious employers cover birth control. What's the compromise? No one really knows yet. But apparently it's not going to make anybody happy.

According to ABC, sometime today "the White House — possibly President Obama himself" will announce an "accommodation" for religious groups. The accommodation will apparently be "based on state models" and might involve insurance companies stepping into provide birth control coverage themselves. ABC says this is cheaper for them than the alternative since it keeps them from having to deal with the consequences of unintended pregnancies, but it's still unlikely that insurance companies are going to pay for birth control out of their own pockets. Will religious employees have to pay some sort of separate premium directly to insurance companies for their birth control? And won't this piss off the same people who didn't like the idea of separate funds for abortion coverage in the health care bill? Probably, says ABC:

The move, based on state models, will almost certainly not satisfy bishops and other religious leaders since it will preserve the goal of women employees having their birth control fully covered by health insurance.

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As long as it actually preserves that goal, it might be good news for women's health. But in the healthcare debate, lots of the so-called compromises on abortion coverage were actually shitty for women. It remains to be seen whether Obama's new "accommodation" will protect women's basic right to contraceptive coverage.

White House to Announce ‘Accommodation' for Religious Organizations on Contraception Rule [ABC]

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drunkexpatwriter
DrunkExPatWriter

Given that pro life, anti contraception, abstinence only people tend to have more children than pro choice, pro contraception people who are educated about birth control how many years until they've bred themselves into such high numbers that their voting demographic is overwhelming and able to make both contraception and abortion illegal in America?

It would be a really smart strategy long term for the 1 percenters. Their daughters would still be able to fly to France for abortions and they'd be able to pick up prescriptions for hormonal birth control and condoms and such there or on the black market somehow.

Meanwhile the rest of the people without access to birth control or abortions would become so desperate to feed themselves and their families that you could pretty much change labor laws to the point where they are essentially serfs/slaves to maintain the lifestyle of the 1 percent.

I'd give it 20 years before it happens but I could easily see it happening. I mean, seriously, the GOP is building their future one teenage pregnancy at a time.