Darrell Issa: This Is About Overreach, not Birth Control
It was about First Amendment rights, not contraception, he argues
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2012 9:50 AM CST
Updated Mar 5, 2012 1:57 PM CST
Darrell Issa speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, during the committee's hearing: "Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State."   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – Rep. Darrell Issa says he completely supports a woman's right to use birth control—it's the government overreach that would force a religious institution to pay for that birth control that Issa objects to. Issa's recent Congressional hearing on the controversial contraception mandate—which was slammed by Democrats for lacking a female voice—was "not about religious freedom versus contraception but about religious freedom versus unconstitutional mandates," he writes in a Roll Call op-ed.

The men (and women, he notes) who spoke at the hearing don't "share the same views on contraception or even abortion," he writes, but they do agree that the mandate violates their First Amendment rights. "The smoke screen of the left’s efforts to distort the conversation is designed to mask the legitimacy of efforts to protect freedom of religion and conscience," Issa writes. As a (female) college administrator explained at the hearing, "There is a vast difference between the right to make a purchase for oneself and requiring someone else to pay for it."

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Mar 6, 2012 6:14 AM CST
You want me to keep my government out of your religion? Fine then keep your religion out of my government!!!!
Mar 5, 2012 6:18 PM CST
Absolute and utter bullshit. What a smokescreen he lays! Better get him a respirator.This isn't about the First Amendment in the slightest, you half-stack moron. This is about private schools obeying a national standard on health insurance, regardless of religious leanings. If those schools are going to hire publicly without regard to sex, race, creed, etc., then they have to reciprocate with the benefits. It's that simple. Fuck off partizan.
Mar 5, 2012 5:53 PM CST
Since when is birth control not medical care? Pregnancy is dangerous, else why the multiple visits, lab tests, sonograms, and monitored delivery? It also causes permanent changes to a woman's body--none of them healthy! If I don't want my bladder to drop and dribble when I am forty, I should not get pregnant. If I want a lower risk of tooth decay, I should not get pregnant. If I don't want cellulite and weight gain, I should not get pregnant. If I don't want an increased risk of my fallopian tube blowing up, I should not get pregnant. If I don't want to jump start a number of estrogen sensitive cancer cells in my body, I should not get pregnant. The list goes on and on. Preventing pregnancy is GOOD for women's health.