Despite the fact that the World Health Organization calls contraception a human right and the fact that every dollar spent here on contraception saves $4, in the United States freedom of religion means to some, “If you work for me and get insurance through my company then you have to accept the kind of medicine that I believe in, evidence be damned! And my religion says no to birth control”
Contraception is no different from any other medicine. It improves the quality of life and saves lives. But if contraception were to go on the chopping block then here are 10 other therapies that employers could say falls foul of their religion and deny coverage:
1) Blood transfusions (Jehovah’s WItness)
2) Organ transplants (Jehovah’s Witness)
3) Antidepressants (Scientology)
4) Addiction medicine (Scientology)
5) In vitro fertilization (Catholicism)
6) Antibiotics (Christian Scientist)
7) Screening for sexually transmitted diseases (Catholicism, no one is ever having sex outside of marriage so STD screening is not needed)
8) Tissue and skin grafts that leave the body to be prepared for implant/use (Jehovah’s Witness)
9) Treatment of alcohol intoxication and alcohol abuse (Islam, Mormon and all the other religions that forbid alcohol consumption)
10) Treatment of trichinellosis (a parasitic brain worm) from pork consumption (Judaism)
Ridiculous you say? The United States is based on case law, so why not? I find the contraception issue ridiculous, but here we are at the Supreme Court. If contraception in an undue burden on Catholic employers there would be little stopping anything on my list or even any employer from concocting a faith-based reason to deny a multitude of therapies. Health care is, after all, expensive.
And if medical care can be denied based on religion, could faith-based therapies become the only option covered by some employers? What if you were required to pray while getting your chemotherapy or worse, instead of chemotherapy?
If the Supreme Court says that contraception is on the table then a multitude of other therapies are as well. Unless of course denying contraception is nothing to do with religion and everything to do with misogyny.
Can you think of other therapies that could be denied based on religion?