Trump’s Viagra vs. Birth Control War

Trump’s Viagra vs. Birth Control War
Trump’s Viagra vs. Birth Control War

Friday, Trump’s congress rolled back the contraceptive coverage mandate that would force employers to make sure their insurance covered birth control for women. The internet fairly exploded with cries of a War on Women and questions about why things like Viagra were covered, but not birth control. It quickly became obvious that America was in need of defining a few terms and concepts, regardless of personal views.

On one hand, the rule put religious organizations and businesses whose owners had firm religious beliefs in a peculiar position. Many people wondered what was next. Would businesses be able to fire single parents because they had children out of wedlock? What about the LGBT community? Let’s clear some of that up.

Employer Responsibility

This has nothing to do with LGBT or single parenting. The difference, even in a religious aspect, is that single parents and LGBT individuals are not expecting employers to pay for or provide their daycare, gender modification surgeries, etc. Why should they expect them to cover anything concerning their romantic status or sexual choices?

Defining Medical Issues

Then there is Viagra. For every mention of birth control, there is an argument concerning the fact that many insurance companies offer coverage for Viagra. What’s the difference?

Having the ability to reproduce is not a medical issue. Erectile dysfunction, by its very definition, is a medical issue. Hence, the “dysfunction.”

Rights of Americans

The fact of the matter is that Americans have rights, including the right to choose an employer whose religious beliefs fall in line with their own to the extent of going out of the way to provide services the employer and employee mutually agree on. You have the right to gt pregnant as well, and you have the right to take precautions to avoid pregnancy, but you don’t have the right to force someone, or a business to provide those things for you.

The real question we should be asking is what happened to Americans that they suddenly expect corporations and government entities to cater to the needs and desires of every individual? When did an individual’s right to freedom become their right to force laws upon everyone else in order to cater to the views of the individual?

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