Senator Patty Murray Wants “Free” Contraception for Women

If you want to make a liberal angry, just tell her (or him) that she needs to pay for her own contraception.

Liberals hold contraception in such high regard that they believe it to be an unalienable right guaranteed by the Bill of Rights that should be provided by the civil government. And if it’s provided by the civil government, that means that it’s free.

But everyone knows that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Just because you didn’t pay for it yourself doesn’t mean that no one paid for it. If you’re getting something without paying for it, then someone else somewhere is paying for it.

Liberals want “free” contraception. That doesn’t exist. If it’s being provided by the civil government, then that means taxpayers are paying for it. CNS News reported on Senator Patty Murray’s campaign to spread “free” birth control all around:

“Since the Supreme Court decided it will not protect women’s access to health care, I will,” Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said Monday.

“Your health care decisions are not your boss’s business – period,” Murray said. “In the coming days, I will work with my colleagues and the administration to protect this access, regardless of who signs your paycheck.”

A White House spokesman said the administration will press Congress to make sure that the women who work for companies such as Hobby Lobby have access “to the preventative coverage that they deserve.”

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled 5-4 that federal law — the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act of 1993 — protects some for-profit businesses from having to provide contraception that kills a fertilized egg.

The Supreme Court’s majority opinion said that Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate — the dictate from the Health and Human Services Administration that employers’ group health plans must offer no-cost birth control to women — “substantially burdens the exercise of religion.” The mandate would have forced the owners of Hobby Lobby and two other closely-held for-profit companies to “engage in conduct that seriously violates their sincere religious belief that life begins at conception.”

In his concurring opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy noted that the government itself could pay for the birth control methods that religious employers find objectionable, and that’s apparently what Murray intends to propose.

“Contraceptive coverage is supported by, and benefits, the vast majority of Americans who understand how important it is for women and families. It should not be a controversial issue,” Murray said.

She noted that when Obamacare is fully implemented, 47 million women nationally will have access to no-pay birth control under the Affordable Care Act.

It won’t be “no-pay,” because the taxpayers will be on the hook for it, just like we’re on the hook for paying for all sorts of things we all find objectionable. “Free stuff” and freedom are mutually exclusive.