On Contraception, the Administration Got it Right
"Contraceptives do not solve every problem. But women...want access to voluntary family planning for the same reasons as women elsewhere: to avoid high-risk pregnancies, to deliver healthy children and to better care for the children they have. And this is a pro-life cause."
That's what Michael Gerson wrote in the Washington Post in August 2011.
But now he criticizes the Obama Administration for protecting access to contraception for millions of American women.
At issue is the scope of preventive services to which women will have free access as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA exempted organizations whose primary purpose is the inculcation of religious values from the requirement to offer contraceptive coverage to female employees. Some advocates pushed to expand this exemption to religiously-affiliated colleges, universities, hospitals, and nonprofit organizations.