Some Catholic employers, including a group of nuns, are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that they should not have to provide coverage for birth control in their employees’ health insurance plans. They say that having to do so would violate their religious convictions ("Justice delays health law’s birth control mandate," Tribune, Dec. 31).
This assertion raises some questions. Could an employer who is a Jehovah’s Witness exclude coverage for blood transfusions? Could an evangelical Christian who thinks AIDS is God’s punishment exclude coverage for the treatment of that disease? Could a Christian Scientist exclude coverage for anything other than prayer sessions?
Why stop at religious beliefs? What about any deeply held conviction? I believe that overpopulation is very harmful to our planet. Could I, as an employer, tell my workers, "I’ll let your insurance pay for the first two kids, but the expense for any subsequent children will come out of your pocket"?
I hope that the Supreme Court will recognize this case for the slippery slope that it is.
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