Focusing our Eyes on the Real Threat
By Tony Perkins
The world is imploding and the Left’s focus is … birth control? The Middle East is in turmoil, East Asia is erupting, West Africa is battling a growing plague threatens to go global, and Democratic leaders think the future of the world hinges on contraceptives. Some Republicans, who’ve been wrongly accused of wanting to ban birth control, have suggested it be made available over the counter. Although FRC hasn’t taken a position on birth control or contraceptives that don’t harm human embryos, we do question the wisdom of making it available over the counter to young girls.
Now, the Left isn’t even satisfied with that. What they want is to force employers to provide these “free” contraceptives, as we saw in their fight over the HHS mandate. Thankfully, the Supreme Court disagreed and ruled that the mandate violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Five justices recognized what the President did not: that it’s unconstitutional to force family businesses like Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, who only object to drugs like Plan B and Ella (because they can destroy a human life), to cover them. FRC agrees with the Greens and the Hahns who believe that these drugs can destroy human life
and, as such, should not be forced to pay for them. Even the Department of Justice in their brief, in asking the Supreme Court to review the Hobby Lobby case (page 10, footnote 5), admitted that Plan B can prevent the implantation of an embryo.
This week, Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told reporters he supports Plan B because it’s “just a higher dose of birth control,” despite evidence to the contrary. Unfortunately, the eye doctor’s comments created a buzz in the media at a time when pro-lifers should be talking about other things — like their support for legislation that protects unborn babies from being brutalized in abortions after five months when they can experience excruciating pain. Instead of taking the Left’s bait and debating the finer points of contraception, leaders like Sen. Paul should take the opportunity to press their opponents on why they don’t support restrictions on late-term abortions (which polls show are supported by a large majority of Americans).
Republicans don’t need to wave a white flag and abandon core principles when the Left starts its phony war on women mantra. Rather, true conservatives should point to the real wars that the failed policies of this administration have given rise to, which threaten our faith, our families, and nation’s very future.
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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