Sandra Fluke is a law student at Georgetown University. Fluke believes it is the duty of insurers to pay for her contraception. Of course, what she really means is that she’s another disgusting little socialist who wants others to carry her burdens. She says she testified in order to shine light on the plight of women who aren’t getting contraceptive coverage through the university. I have a problem with the mandates under Obamacare, and the one that will require religious institutions to provide contraceptive coverage through health-care insurance policies they provide to employees is at the center of this issue. On Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh commented on Fluke’s testimony, asking what kind of woman demands payment for her to have sex.
While Rush was making a play on words, it’s still the fact that at the root of this, there is an undeniable truth. First, let’s hear from Rush Limbaugh on Thursday:
Yes, Rush is his usual, combative self, but let’s examine the thought behind the sentiment: Rush is saying that Ms. Fluke ought to pay for her own contraception, because otherwise, what she is doing is to make her sex life, and the sex lives of her fellow students a matter for public review. You can’t demand the public subsidize your “reproductive health” and not expect some sort of public denunciations or judgments. You simply can’t. The complaint that Fluke expresses is that this isn’t fair, because male students don’t face a similar burden. Don’t they? If they don’t, whose fault is that? I do not understand the illogical claim of some, and Fluke is one of them, that they simultaneously don’t want government in their bedrooms, but do want them to fully furnish it for them. I don’t want to hear about the relatively small number of women who actually need contraceptive pills for some therapeutic purpose, because just like in the abortion argument, and the questions regarding exceptions for rape and incest, the exception must not be the aim of the rule.
The answer here is clear: Keep your contraception private, and it will remain private. Contraception for that purpose is not healthcare. It’s contraception. I don’t care about Fluke’s sexual habits or those of other Georgetown students, but when you sign up to attend a religiously-founded institution, you shouldn’t expect coverage that conflicts with that institution’s firmly-held beliefs. Instead, Fluke is demanding that Obamacare be enforced on Catholic universities. I come back to the warning of Cardinal George, of which I wrote yesterday: If I were the Catholic church, and this law isn’t overturned, I would shut down every hospital, school, and university under that umbrella and take a bulldozer to them, or I would continue as before and refuse to pay the fines. Either way, I would not surrender or wilt before the government on this issue.
In short, if it were up to me, Fluke would be looking for a new venue to finish her studies. The moment people believe that they possess a right to impose costs on others, or force them to suspend their adherence to their own beliefs, a line has been crossed. Fluke has no right to an education, and no right to contraception at the expense of others, either in cash, or in terms of quashing their beliefs. This is one more reason why the law known as Obamacare must be overturned. Limbaugh offered to buy her all the aspirin she needs, but I think we should let nature run its course. She has no right to expect nature to be suspended on her behalf, and yet that is the actual aim of her testimony. In the end, what Fluke demands is a government gun aimed at religious institutions to compel them to provide the coverage she wants. That’s socialism, and in the end, this is really the heart of the matter.