WHO WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR FAMILY'S HEALTH?
There are several angles from which we could discuss this case but I want to discuss the most obvious consequence of these people winning their case: that employers and government officials would be making decisions about your body and your family size for you.
|You can always have another kid.|
That's the person who gets to make your first choice because s/he decides what your insurance can cover:
- Catholic or Evangelical boss - no birth control.
- Jehovah's Witness boss - no blood transfusions - not even to save your own life.
- Southern Baptist boss - no coverage for smoking- or alcohol-related illnesses (those two "sins" are mentioned in the church covenant; abortion is not).
- Christian Scientist - no medicine for any reason.
- Vegan/Vegetarian boss - no medications or treatments containing animal parts or tested on animals.
- Scientologist boss - no mental health coverage (no therapy, no medicine)
- Anti-Vax boss - no vaccinations.
But wait, you say. There aren't many of those folks around like that. You'll just work for a "normal" employer. Good luck with that! Have you seen the job market lately? All those jobs you think people should just grab simply don't exist any more. It's highly likely that you're going to find yourself stuck in the job you hate with insurance that doesn't meet your needs. So when one of your kids gets cancer and you depend on that insurance to pay for it, your boss might just decide that it's too expensive and cancel cancer coverage. Good luck paying for these treatments and medications without that insurance too. American medical costs are high enough to put millions of people in bankruptcy.
|But babies are so cute!|
Close your eyes for a second and imagine yourself at lunch with your boss and your representative (or governor or whomever). Imagine that you are explaining your family's medical needs to them and hoping that they will allow you to have the coverage you need - the coverage that YOU are paying for. When I think of sitting down like this with Phil Bryant and Hillbilly Joe Blow, it makes me sick.
The Supreme Court will rule however it wills and I'm sure further legal battles will ensue. But the real fight is not in the court - it's on the ground among our family and friends. There are a lot of people out there who call themselves "pro-life" but, when confronted with the reality of the forced birth movement, they take 'pro-choice" positions. We need those people to come out of the closet as it were. The only way that's going to happen is for them to hear from us, to see that we aren't monsters but people who value independence and recognize the superiority of quality over mere quantity.
So if you don't want to discuss your family's life and death over lunch with Alan and the Bossman, then you'd best speak up now.