Keep that in mind as you read the following excerpt.
"Obama caves in to Catholic Church, religious right on contraceptives" (Kate Randall, WSWS):
President Obama on Friday caved in to pressure from the Catholic Church and the religious right, announcing that religiously affiliated employers would not be compelled to provide access to birth control as part of medical coverage for their women employees under his federal health care overhaul.
Obama said the coverage would instead be provided and funded by insurance companies.
This announcement, reversing an earlier decision to require employers, including church-affiliated universities, schools, hospitals and charities, to fund free access to contraceptives as part of their employee health insurance plans, represents a blow against the fundamental democratic principal of separation of church and state, laid down in the First Amendment to the US Constitution. Obama had already made a major concession to right-wing forces in the rule his administration announced January 20 by exempting churches from the requirement.
Obama and his allies tried to present the reversal as a small adjustment that would retain free access to birth control for women employees while addressing the concerns over “religious liberty” of his critics. But the climb-down has vast legal and social implications. It legitimizes the claim that religion can be used by employers to determine benefits available to their employees, opening the door to more aggressive attacks on workers’ rights on the pretext of religious belief.
The last paragraph, what's the point? Is Randall trying to say, "See, this is an important issue!" The article does return to the heart of the matter later on. But it would have been much stronger if it had started with paragraph six ("It took exactly three weeks for Obama to capitulate . . .")
Yes, there are other implications. But first and foremost, this is an assault on women's rights.
It doesn't surprise me in the least. I'm not shocked. I'm not even outraged because I know what a piece of trash Barack Obama is. (See "Roundtable" from Sunday. We were talking about how we're not going to be held hostage by threats to our reproductive rights.) But until Randall can connect the assault to other assaults on women.
They're a political paper, WSWS is. If they're interested in exposing the truth about Barack, the place to start is with his attacks on women because women remain one of his most important bases. All women in the US are the biggest potential voting bloc in this country.
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