(Victor Joecks, Las Vegas Review-Journal) – We’ve been misreading the Declaration of Independence for centuries. Turns out it says people “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and birth control someone else pays for.”
That’s the impression supporters of AB249 and SB233 left after testifying Monday. Both bills would require that all Nevada insurance companies provide birth control with no co-pays or other point-of-delivery costs. Supporters lavishly praised those mandates.
Many liberals believe in “positive rights,” aka the right to free stuff, like birth control. But that reading necessarily means that government will infringe someone else’s rights. In this case, it’s you and your 80-year-old grandma, and your freedom to buy an insurance policy that doesn’t cover birth control.
Free stuff is expensive. If you praise birth control without co-pays, don’t feign shock at skyrocketing premiums, thanks in part to a laundry list of government-mandated coverages.
These bills also infringe on religious liberty. Currently, if a religious organization objects to covering contraceptives for religious reasons, it can claim an exemption. But no more if AB249 or SB233 passes. That’s especially concerning because both bills would require insurance companies to cover emergency contraceptives that can induce abortion. Emergency contraceptives can prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterine wall, resulting in the death of an unborn child.