No, what really got me annoyed were the DNC’s words that accompanied Obama’s announcement. I quote;
“President Obama has set a standard that every woman has a right to contraception coverage at no additional cost—and he's done it in a way that respects religious freedoms. Republicans want to take that right away."
“..has a right to contraception coverage”? In the words of the younger generation; WTF?!
This is not a right.
A right is life. You were born; your life is yours to do with how you want. You have a right to your
property. You earn your money from your employer. It is your right to keep that. You have the right of liberty. You can not be imprisoned or enslaved against your will. You have the right to speak your mind, and not have the government throw you in jail. These are rights, because to have them requires nothing of anyone else. They are god-given and stand alone.
You do not have the “right” to free healthcare. That “right” requires the medical professionals to
work for free, providing you with their skills and services. These professionals spent much in time and treasure to acquire those skills. Don’t they have a right to be paid for their labor? Don’t they have a right to their intellectual property?
Of course they do. That is why the practical way to insure this “right”, is for someone else, like me, to be made to give my money to the medical professionals, on your behalf. That sounds like it infringes on my rights of property. Yes, our elected officials have made their decrees or passed a law making the taking of my money legal. But that does not alter the fact that your “right” to free healthcare infringes on my real right of property.
That is the difference. A right is not truly a right if it infringes on someone else. Free contraception should not even be discussed with the term “right” attached to it. I am not
anti-contraception. This is the method my wife and I used to manage the amount of children we could afford to support. And, yes, my employer offered a prescription plan that paid for part of it.
“But, what if it didn’t, Mr. Smarty-pants?” Then I would have made a decision that was in the best
interest of my family, and held with my own core beliefs. I might have paid full price for them out of my pocket. I might have switched employers. What I would not even have considered, is thinking my neighbors should pay for it, least of all, unwillingly.
It would be the same as asking them to pay for my groceries, or more accurately for my ice cream dessert. What if I claim I have a “right” to ice cream?
“I have a right to Ice Cream. It is delicious, has loads of calcium and other nutrients, and is calorie dense, insuring I will not starve to death. By God, it’s for me and my wife’s health. This is a women’s health issue. So my wife has a right to ice cream. Just pass a law so the insurance company has to cover free ice cream”
Of course that is absurd. But, so is the claim that contraception is also a right, using the same
Rights also come with responsibilities. You can not use your right of free speech to stir up a riot.
You can not yell “Fire!” in a public theater. You can not use your property in such a way as to deny the use of someone else’s property, to them. You can not use your life to steal from other people. If you do, your right to liberty will be suspended for a period of time. These are universally recognized, and laws to protect your true rights have been enacted.
You can not claim, if the word is to have any meaning, that something is a right, if it usurps someone else’s rights. Doing so is both immoral and against our constitution. Words have meanings and it is worth reminding ourselves of them. If, to pay for your contraceptives, I decide to give you my money; that is called charity. If you take it from me; that is called theft. If you elect a politician who will use his power to take my money; it is called a tax, and is legal. But it isn’t a
right, nor is it right.
This November, you get to decide what is right and what is a right. Choose wisely. Your real rights are the line.