- The Washington Times - Monday, August 15, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The federal government should not force health insurance companies to cover sterilization operations, abortion pills or birth control (“White House: Insurers must cover abortion pill,” Web, Aug. 1).

A company may choose to cover these and people may choose a company which does, but it is highly objectionable, imprudent and against freedom of conscience to mandate that all insurance companies pay for practices that do not prevent disease and in many cases, increase it instead. One simply needs to research “birth control recalls” online to learn about this.

If all insurance companies are forced to pay for these pills, devices and operations, the costs for treating complications will be passed on to consumers via higher premiums. Private insurance companies will fail and single-payer, government-run health care will be the recourse.

It never ceases to amaze me that while the media and society promote a return to nature when it comes to recycling, growing natural foods, building using “green” practices and not disturbing natural habitats, our present leaders couldn’t care less about promoting nature when it comes to women’s health. The admonition that “God always forgives, man sometimes forgives, nature never forgives,” is again being ignored.

CATHY MARSHALL

Manassas, Va.


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