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Posted on Jul 23, 2014 |

Nino Vitale: Birth Control Coverage by Fiat

Nino Vitale: Birth Control Coverage by Fiat

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Photo by Tijmen van Dobbenburgh, courtesy FreeImages.

This guest post was written by Nino Vitale, a member of a Catholic family whose small business (Johnson Welded Products) has sued the US Department of Health and Human Services over the mandate to provide contraception, elective sterilization, and “morning after” pills. The text appears in full; the format has been edited for our editing program.

 

BREAKING…Obama Administration Overrules the Supreme Court…

…and it seems to be unnoticed by almost all media outlets.

 

In a very quiet way, the Obama Administration, through bureaucratic fiat, has issued a directive through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) stating that if an employer does NOT cover contraception, that employer can be sued under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

 

This fiat was just issued on July 15 in the wake of the supreme court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. which ruled the contraceptive mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”) of closely held-for profit companies. Note: The EEOC has not made a rules update in over 31 years. Is the timing a coincidence?

 

Through bureaucratic fiat, Obama has overruled the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

Nino Vitale; photo provided.

Nino Vitale; photo provided.

It appears the EEOC is saying if the employer covers preventative care like vaccinations, other drugs for high blood pressure, to lower cholesterol or other preventative care, they must also cover contraception. If the employer does not, the employer can be sued for discrimination. Was this issue not just ruled on by the U.S. Supreme Court? Is this not the reason the founding fathers created separation of powers in the Constitution, because they were afraid that any one branch or any one person, would become oppressive and tyrannical with their power and oppress freedom? If men were angels, we would not need government. (Federalist 51)

 

…contraception is not something that is putting the body back to what nature intended but creating a situation that ‘blocks’ what nature intended.

 

As a member of a family business who sued the Obama administration and the department of Health and Human Services (see Johnson Welded Products, Inc., et al. v. Kathleen Sibelius, et al.), I find this continued overreach and usurpation of powers by the Obama administration indefensible and against the very liberty and foundation of our county.

Additionally, I would note that no one is telling any employee they cannot purchase and use contraception. This is an individual and personal choice to make and on average, at $9 a month or free, cost does not appear to put a financial burden on any individual.

I would like to think about the word preventative medicine and basic health care, as many want to put contraceptives into this class. Basic health care is usually defined as helping to put the body back into the proper healthy condition in which nature intended. If one has higher blood pressure, we certainly want to help bring that within a ‘healthy range.’ If someone has a heart blockage, we want to put the body back in proper condition by removing the blockage. The word contraception includes the word ‘contra’ or ‘against.’ What it does is stop the body from doing what it is naturally intended to do, create life. I would argue that contraception is not something that is putting the body back to what nature intended but creating a situation that ‘blocks’ what nature intended.

 

The World Health Organization declares hormonal contraception a Group I Carcinogen, the same class as formaldehyde and cigarettes. Shall the Obama administration now demand that employers pay for an employee’s tobacco products? Would that be considered basic health care?

Lastly, the warning label on ‘the pill’ states, “it may put some women at increased risk for blood clots, heart disease and stroke.” The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared contraceptives a Group I cancer causing carcinogen, the highest classification for a cancer causing agent. According to the WHO, contraceptives are in the same group class as formaldehyde and cigarettes. Shall the Obama administration now demand that employers pay for an employee’s tobacco products? Would that be considered basic health care?

Nino Vitale is the Republican candidate for the Ohio House in Champaign, Logan, and Shelby counties. He is running unopposed. The father of five and a graduate of The Ohio State University and Franklin University, he is a candidate for a master’s degree at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He has worked for his family’s business, Johnson Welded Products, Inc., for 20 years.

 

Click here for yesterday’s story about the EEOC changes to Pregnancy Discrimination guidelines.

 

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