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  1. Thanks Teresa for your contribution to the discussion. I think this is the best article I’ve read on the topic, and coming from a woman, it rings true. I don’t think I could have said it better if I tried.

    John makes a good point also.

    • Thank you for your encouragement. It has been an interesting hot subject. Unfortunately, it has also taken us away from other serious election issue.

  2. One aspect of this discussion about governmental requirements of medical services needs, I think, slightly more attention: everyone keeps talking about how the services should be “free.”

    We’re all grown-ups, right? So we KNOW that *nothing* is ever free – you may not have to PAY for it RIGHT NOW, but that does N-O-T mean that it is free (without cost of any kind).

    For example, our President suggested his “compromise” on the latest issue, saying that religious institutions did not have to offer insurance for their employees which covered contraception – instead, the employee could contact the insurance company directly and receive such services “for free.”

    OK, this is wrong on sooo many levels…here’s just two:

    #1 – when’s the last time a for-profit insurance company ever gave anything away for free? You can BET that SOMEbody is going to be paying for it (likely spread over ALL their clients). And so the religious institution WILL end up paying for those services, like it or not – it just will be buried in “overhead & profit” and won’t be a specific line-item on their bill from the insuror…

    #2 – if these services which the religious institution finds objectionable are utilized by someone in the institution’s employ, and they receive such services as a result of that employment, how is that NOT the same as the institution is PROVIDING those services? I mean, really, that sounds like the kind of “angels dancing on the head of a pin” rhetorical sophistry that some people really object to about organized religion, doesn’t it?

    There’s a very good reason that “there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch” (tanstaafl) is a famous phrase – whenever somebody says what they’re offering is free…grab your pocketbook!

    • John,
      Thanks for your comments! You are so right–there is no free lunch. Somebody has to pay. One real problem today is that so many in the country do receive government assistance. Why shouldn’t they expect/want more and more?
      I heard an interesting comment about the costs of birth control and how affordable these services would be if some of the bandwagon celebrities put their money into their cause. People helping people… so much more efficient than involving govt.