Opinion: It’s the state’s decision



Taylor Miksic

Taylor Miksic

Taylor Miksic is a freshman news major and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact her at [email protected].

President Obama and most Democrats are pushing for universal coverage of contraceptives. Until now, health institutions, especially religious ones, were not required to give out contraceptives.

The contraceptive mandate will make it mandatory for all health institutions to provide contraceptives under insurance, but many Catholics feel this is against their freedom of religion.

The government should not be telling businesses what to do. If the health establishment you are going to does not provide contraceptives, there are many other places for them to be purchased.

Obama and the Democrats are attempting to make the situation appear as though it is a women’s health issue, but in reality women currently have no problem acquiring what they need to be safe. One location a female of just about any age can go on her own, without insurance, to get birth control is Planned Parenthood.

This should not be a federal issue; it should be up to the states. The people should be able to vote on the subject to decide. The people should be telling the government what to do, not the other way around.

The government telling businesses that they must sell contraceptives is it once again working its way into situations where it doesn’t belong.

This kind of action starts to move us to a socialist view where everyone is treated equally and given the same things. That is not fair to those who work harder than others. It also leads to a mediocre lifestyle.

It is not only an issue of religion if the mandate is passed and religious institutions are forced to provide contraceptives, but also an issue of state’s rights.

The bottom line is the contraceptive mandate is suppressing the people. The government should not be getting involved when it should be up to the states, the businesses and the people.