I am not friendly in this post toward advocates of emergency contraception or abortion. However, dear reader, I want you to know that if you find yourself in a difficult situation and are considering abortion (or have done so in the past), PJ and I would love to minister to you in any way that we can or connect you with someone who can help. Again, my anger is toward the systemic culture of death being propagated by our political parties , not toward those who have fallen prey to their schemes. We are staunchly pro-life and seek to live that out not just with words but with actions of compassion toward mothers and children.
So, I generally stay at an arm’s length from political issues. I’m conservative but not overly impressed with the Republican party, and generally agree with Ron Swanson on political matters. My king is Jesus, and I know this world is fleeting.
A political issue has recently come barging into my house without even knocking, forcing me to reckon with its unpleasant self. And oh buddy, am I ever grumpy about it.
So as you’ve probably heard, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is mandating that just about everyone have health insurance by January 1. Ok. I personally don’t believe that it is the job of the federal government to command such a thing, but I understand how we got here with the current out of control political climate (checks-and-balances say what?). We’ve always had health insurance, currently have a very traditional BlueCross policy (purchased through the seminary/SBC), and have every intention of continuing health coverage into 2014. Great. Affordable Care Act, I see your demands and was already complying. Or so I thought.
We got a letter from our insurance company about the 15% increase in premiums coming for 2014 (because of the Affordable Care Act) and a very odd notice—our policy was not in compliance with the ACA, and we would face a penalty from the government if we chose to continue with this policy. PJ and I were really confused—wasn’t the fine for those who refused to purchase insurance? We have and will have insurance, so we’re being fined because…?
Because our plan, which is managed by a Christian organization, does not pay for “emergency contraception”. And as seminary students, we’re not considered “Christian” enough by the ACA to merit a religious exemption from this drug. You see, if you aren’t aware of the nature of “emergency contraception” (EC), its purpose is to prevent ovulation and/or implantation of a fertilized egg (read: actual, distinct, individual, unique, innocent human life). Let’s take a look at what the EC experts have to say over at Princeton University.
Emergency contraceptive pills prevent pregnancy primarily, or perhaps exclusively, by delaying or inhibiting ovulation. There is no evidence to suggest that either of the FDA-approved emergency contraceptive options … works after an egg is fertilized.
One link later (on the same site!):
It is possible that EC may … prevent implantation of a fertilized egg.
Did anyone else catch that? There’s no evidence that EC works on a fertilized egg, but it’s possible that it may prevent implantation of a fertilized egg. Perhaps some better studies are in order before we mandate nationwide support for a drug that may or may not be affecting fertilized eggs (the earliest stage of life)? If EC interferes with fertilized eggs, it is no longer contraception (meaning inhibiting conception). It is then dealing in the realm of being an abortion-inducing drug (that lovely word, abortifacient). Yikes.
And another gem:
Making emergency contraception available and informing women about it can help them prevent an unintended pregnancy and reduce the need for abortion. 
Yet, oh so helpfully:
There is also another website that can help you find an abortion provider near you. 
So keep in mind, dear reader, EC reduces the need for abortions (if it happens to not cause an abortion), yet EC advocates will quickly direct you to abortion providers. Yep, that really helps reduce abortions. Also, for the responsibility-challenged, this helpful website answers these questions:
- What if I take the second dose first? (How do you confuse two pills? Maybe you shouldn’t be in such a precarious situation in the first place. Just saying.)
- Am I still at risk of pregnancy if I have sex after taking emergency contraceptive pills? (How in the world do you think pregnancy happens??)
- If I am a teenager (under 17 years old), can I get emergency contraception in the United States without my parents’ knowledge or consent? (Because parents should definitely not be involved in these kind of matters.)
- If I drink alcohol after taking emergency contraceptive pills, will they be less effective? (Let’s focus on the task at hand, not figuring out how big of a mess we can make.)
So yeah, we’re really not fans of EC and have no plans to support it, financially or otherwise.
Yet, with the ACA, we have lost the right to not support a drug that takes the life of (tiny) humans without facing a penalty.
What in the name of all democracy does this have to do with whether or not we have health insurance (the supposed noble goal of the ACA)???
When did it become the government’s job to tell me what drugs I have to financially support?
Who the heck cares whether I want to purchase health insurance that doesn’t cover this particular “service” which works to kill human life? If I ended up wanting that drug but had chosen not to purchase coverage for it, wouldn’t it be my responsibility to just pay for it? Oh, capitalism, where did you go?
If you can find that “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all” anywhere, please let me know.
Until then, I’m looking towards my Heavenly home, where I am grateful my citizenship resides.