These time-tested measures are of a totally different nature than surgically sterilizing someone, or prescribing a pill to prevent a child from being conceived or developing. Is fertility a disease? Is pregnancy a disease state? Or is the gestation of a child a normal physiological process of the human body? As Drs. Peck and Norris have convincingly argued, birth control simply does not qualify as preventative care. (Peck, R. and Norris, C. "Why OCPS Should Not Be Part of a Preventative Care Mandate: Significant Risks and Harms of OCPS," Linacre Quarterly, Feb 2012.)
The Administration continues to try and have it both ways. The President continues to promise the Sandra Flukes of the world that he will give them enough “free” pills, implants, injections, and rings to sterilize a herd of elephants. And he promises outraged Catholics that neither they – nor their Catholic healthcare and educational institutions – will have to pay a penny to stop Sandra and her sisters from ovulating.
So how does he intend to pay for birth control for every woman of reproductive age? By relying on what the now-infamous architect of Obamacare, MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber, has called the “economic stupidity” of the American voter, that’s how.
“I have ordered the health insurance companies to cover the cost of birth control,” is the President’s current line. Of course, he and his Ivy League advisors know that the insurance companies will carry out his “executive order” by simply passing the cost along to their policyholders. But Prof. Gruber and others have assured the President that most Americans are too stupid to understand this, or to understand that this phony “compromise” actually means that all Catholics and Christians will wind up paying extra insurance premiums for things that they find morally objectionable.
A real compromise would remove free birth control, sterilizations and other abortifacient drugs from the preventative care mandate altogether. Of course, American women would have the same access to them that they have always had. They would just not be “free,” they would not be part of "preventative care" … and Catholics would not have to pay for them.
Many Catholics could care less about “free” birth control because they understand there is something better. They know that there is another method of family planning that is not only truly “free,” but also does not involve any invasive procedures or powerful, steroidal hormones, a method that is, in fact, promoted by the Catholic Church. Modern methods of Natural Family Planning or NFP – such as Dr Fehrings’s Marquette method, or Dr. Hilgers’s Creighton method, or Dr. Billings’s method – have no unhealthy consequences at all. Instead, they empower women, strengthen marriages, and allow couples to express their sexuality in the natural way that nature, and nature’s God, intended.
All it requires is a little self-control for a few days a month.
At this point the sexual libertines in the Administration, at our elite universities, and at Planned Parenthood clinics dissolve into mocking laughter. It is simply inconceivable to them that anyone could or would practice self-control in matters of sex.
But what human activities don’t require at least a modicum of self control? Most of us voluntarily abstain from food from time to time, whether we do it for spiritual reasons (during Advent or Lent), or because we don’t like how we look. We work hard to quit smoking and admire those who succeed. We put warning labels on food packages and danger signs on cigarette packages. (While we’re at it, maybe we should put pictures of stroke victims on the covers of packets of birth control pills?) Even those of us who fail in diets and workout regimens admire those who succeed, or at least we pretend to.