Pregnancy is a medical condition, birth control is preventative health care

Pregnancy is a medical condition. I had an emergency c-section with my first child, not a rare end to a pregnancy in the USA. Pregnancy related diseases include ectopic pregnancies (also life-risking), blood clots, urinary tract infections, thrush, severe back pain, and the list goes on.

How is it that the Supreme Court of the USA decided today that businesses do not have to cover health care for women? Freedom of religion? Seriously? So why do Christian Scientist parents get prosecuted by our courts for not taking their children to get treatment? Why isn’t that “choice” freedom of religion?

Why is it OK for religions to decree that women cannot have health care but it is not OK for them to demand that gay employees or black employees don’t get health care? Female bodies are different than male bodies and require different medical treatment. Why is it OK to deny one gender the medical treatment that their bodies require? Is the reason that sex is optional, therefore the medical condition of pregnancy is optional, therefore preventative health care is not required by law? Putting aside the situation of rape (which is just “rape hysteria” anyway, right) are we saying that medical conditions created by optional behavior should not receive health care? So if I choose to go skiing and break my leg, I shouldn’t get my health care paid for by my employer? If I choose to go on a hike and get bit by a tic, my employer should not be required to pay for treatment for my lyme disease?

I am ashamed to be an American today.

 

3 thoughts on “Pregnancy is a medical condition, birth control is preventative health care

  1. If it were possible to get all women to just do what those employers allegedly want – not have sex with men anymore – I’m sure the male judges of the Supreme Court would quickly reconsider their decision. It is not about morals, it is about oppressing women, plain and simple.

  2. I’m with you. So disgusted. Never mind this is a violation against ALL Americans’ rights, let alone womens’. What is to keep companies from claiming they are Christian Scientist?

  3. I was so disappointed when I read that decision. Maybe it’s because I’m not American, but I really didn’t think Hobby Lobby had a leg to stand on, because the idea that the personal beliefs of a company’s owners should trump its employees fundamental rights seems so alien to me.Then again, I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that you guys don’t have universal healthcare, so …

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