By James Werrell - [Governor Nikki] Haley was on the show [The View] to plug her new autobiography, “Can’t Is Not An Option.” After a few softball questions from the four hosts, Haley was asked about her views on women’s rights.
Inexplicably, Haley volunteered: “Women don’t care about contraception. They care about jobs and the economy and raising their families ...”
At that point she was cut off by Joy Behar, one of the hosts, who said, “Well, they care about contraception, too.” Behar then alluded to Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s public disdain for birth control when it conflicts with religious values.
“Well, the media cares about contraception,” Haley countered, “While we care about contraception, let’s be clear: All we’re saying is, we don’t want government to mandate when we have to have it and when we don’t. We want to be able to make that decision. We don’t need government making that decision for us.”
Huh? That’s exactly backwards from what has occurred in the recent brouhaha over providing free contraceptives to women.
The uproar started because new rules in the Affordable Health Care Act – “Obamacare” to its detractors – require most employers to provide free contraceptives to employees through company health plans. While churches and religious institutions would be exempt, church-affiliated organizations such as hospitals and schools would have to allow employees to get contraceptives from insurers that cover the organizations’ health care.
In other words, government isn’t trying to mandate when women can have contraception or when they con’t. Obamacare is trying to ensure that women can get free contraceptives whenever they need them.
Who’s making that decision? Women, not the government.
Blasting the federal government is Haley’s default argument for just about anything – that is, when she’s not blasting the media. But her argument in this case is preposterous; it just makes no sense.
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