I present to you: The uneducated politician...
I sent a letter to my state representative regarding the availability of contraceptive coverage for ALL people. Notice I said "availability." This is the response I received:
Thank you for contacting me to share your thoughts about regulations that will require employers to cover contraceptives. I appreciate hearing from you.
I support reforming health care in a cost-effective manner which allows individuals to take control over their own health care decisions. It is important that we do not force religiously-affiliated businesses to adhere to regulations that violate their beliefs. I oppose government intrusion into our personal lives and believe that the federal government should not dictate our health care options and choices. I am a strong supporter of increasing access to affordable health care by increasing consumer protections, extending coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions, allowing young adults to remain on their parents' health care plans, and preventing unjust policy cancellations. These initiatives would serve to make health care more affordable and accessible without passing on crushing debt to future generations. I also understand the importance placed on contraceptive coverage for women who are employed by an organization that is not religiously affiliated. I will keep your thoughts in mind if I have a voting opportunity on relevant legislation, and I will continue to work to balance the needs of the individual while maintaining the religion freedom that is guaranteed in the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America. I will also share your comments with my House colleagues. I am certain they will benefit from your views.
As a resident of Florida's Twelfth District, your comments and opinions are an important source of information to help me carry out my duties as your federal representative. In that regard, please do not hesitate to contact me in the future on any issue important to you. Also, if you would like to be informed more frequently about my work in Congress and in Florida's Twelfth Congressional District, please visit my website at http://www.bilirakis.house.gov to sign up for regular email or to send me a message.
Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me.
Gus M. Bilirakis
Member of Congress
Now, forget for a moment that the main topic of the letter is health care. Let's look at what he's really saying about the First Amendment. He's equating the guarantee of religious freedom with the AVAILABILITY of birth control. As if having the equal opportunity to use birth control is some kind of infringement on their religious beliefs. I guess we shouldn't allow them to have opportunities for jobs that require work on Sundays, or any other opportunity that their holy book says is wrong. This guy has it completely backwards. He would rather TAKE from people, than GIVE them equal opportunity.