It happened, “a federal judge temporarily prevented the Obama administration from forcing a Christian publishing company to provide its employees with certain contraceptives under the new health-care law.” Tyndale House Publishers wants to be able to dictate what contraceptives they will and will not cover. Tyndale says it provides its 260 employees with coverage for some contraceptives.
Tyndale got the injunction because they do not want to provide employees with contraceptives that they feel equates with abortion. The contraceptives at the center of this controversy are: Plan B and intrauterine devices.
The problem with saying that these devices are equal to abortion is…well it’s bullshit. An abortion is ending a pregnancy, neither Plan B or IUDs can do this. If a woman is already pregnant Plan B does nothing. Not one single thing. What it does do is prevent ovulation or fertilization of an egg. Sorry, Christian right and “pro-lifers” but the medical definition is still: “pregnancy does not begin until a fertilized egg implants itself into the wall of the uterus”.
Plan B can prevent fertilized eggs from attaching to the uterus…so it prevents pregnancy it does not abort a pregnancy. IUDs work by block sperm like a diaphragm, but to Tyndale this is abortion.
Matthew S. Bowman, a lawyer for Alliance Defending Freedom, which brought the suit on behalf of Tyndale, said in an e-mail that Bible publishers “should be free to do business according to the book that they publish. The Obama administration is not entitled to disregard religious freedom.” To that end Tyndale is not entitled to disregard women’s rights and freedom of choice.
With the economy being what it is, pretty much everybody is trying to cut back. Big (skipping the annual vacation to Disney World) or small (having your kids brown bag it instead of buying hot lunch at school), it seems like finding ways to save money is a common theme.
But is it possible that some penny pinching strategies can backfire in the long run?
The UK’s Daily Mail runs a piece this morning regarding Tracey Stevens, a 45 year old woman who is reportedly Britain’s first victim of a health scandal regarding faulty and potentially life-threatening breast implants. The Daily Mail states that:
Besides the Koreas and WikiLeaks and all that other awesome stuff, some actually exciting news from the past week or so has been revealed: That a not-so-new drug can actually be used to prevent HIV and AIDS. Truvada, an antiretroviral, has actually been used to treat AIDS since 2004, but its use as a preventative mechanism is brand new. That’s also part of the reason that this discovery is being taken as so puzzling. For so long, much of the discussion about HIV/AIDS has centered around finding a “cure” that would clearly change the lives of millions of people. Our desire to “cure” HIV/AIDS is definitely connected to our cultures focus on fixing diseases instead of just staving them off in the first place (i.e. the tendency of insurance, even non-medical insurance, to avoid covering anything that hasn’t happened yet).
A large part of the debate over Universal Healthcare …