by Max Brantley
Republicans sniff a winner — if Arkansas Republican instademagoguery is a guide — in the Obama administration's decision not to exempt religious institutions from providing contraceptive coverage in employee health insurance policies.
It shouldn't be controversial. The rule doesn't require those who don't believe in contraception to prescribe it or provide it. It doesn't require any woman to use contraceptives. It merely prevents health insurance discrimination against those who'd like to have coverage for birth control pills and other contraceptive devices.
The Planned Parenthood/Susan G. Komen example might provide some guidance about religious-based efforts to deprive women of basic health care that has no relationship to abortion (except that restrictions on contraception inevitably will lead to some abortions.) The overwhelming majority of American women have used contraception.
Some useful reading on the subject.