Through the looking glass and down that slippery slope

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 · 4 Comments »

Remember when I said that some feminists were “prepared to argue that it’s crucial to hold the line, to make sure that Obama’s religious liberty exemption applies only to contraception“?

Here we go:

“Sen. Blunt’s proposal would render the notion of health insurance meaningless, and give businesses and corporations effective veto power over their employee’s health care decisions,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

“[I]t’s unbelievably broad,” said Judy Waxman, vice president for health and reproductive rights for the National Women’s Law Center. “I hear some people framing this about religious freedom, but I think it’s really about undermining health insurance in an extremely dramatic way and letting individual people decide what is moral for everybody they employ or insure.”

“This would gut the protections that were established in the Affordable Care Act and open a Pandora’s box that allows employers to deny coverage for virtually anything they might object to,” said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). “I think this is really out of touch with where most of Americans are.”

And of course White House press secretary Jay Carney set the tone:

“Let’s be clear about what’s at stake,” said Carney. “The proposal being considered in the Senate applies to all employers — not just religious employers. And it isn’t limited to contraception. Any employer could restrict access to any service they say they object to. That is dangerous and it is wrong.”

Got that? Religious exemption for contraception = okay (or even brilliant, depending on your degree of delusion). Religious exemption for other healthcare = dangerous and wrong.

So here we have the unbelievable spectacle of prominent feminist organizations lining up with the White House to ratify the specialness of contraception as a thing that, like abortion, is subject to conscience exemptions. Like abortion and only like abortion, because it would be “dangerous and wrong” to include other forms of healthcare in that class.

How is that people who have been warning about the slippery slope for years can’t see it when it’s happening? This isn’t even some distant vague thing; we’re sliding down the hill on snow sleds here.

4 Responses to “Through the looking glass and down that slippery slope”

  1. Susan says:

    Maybe it’s Stockholm Syndrome.

  2. quixote says:

    “So here we have the unbelievable spectacle of prominent feminist organizations lining up with the White House to ratify the specialness of contraception as a thing that, like abortion, is subject to conscience exemptions.”

    The first weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed. When women are arguing for religious control of women’s bodies, you’re officially through the looking glass. Victory can be declared and they can move on to cleaning out the diehards.

  3. Sameol says:

    Sean Bell Syndrome, expand your focus, sacrifice your mission, you’ll get pie in the sky when you die.

  4. gxm17 says:

    I’m wondering what the reaction will be if/when this spills over into other church-deemed “immoral” behavior, such as homosexuality. Will the church be required to recognize married LGBT couples, or will they get to discriminate against them too?

    This whole misogyny-as-a-virtue shit has really put me into a bad funk. Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it gets double worse.