On Contraceptives, Penis Implants, and Wheelchairs.

Christina here…

In my hometown of St. Louis, the owner of O’Brien Industrial Holdings, Frank O’Brien, filed a lawsuit in federal court, alleging the contraception mandate violates his rights.

He’s the first business owner to file suit.

Frank O’Brien, who owns O’Brien Industrial Holdings, said the contraception rule violates his Catholic beliefs, according to the lawsuit filed in federal court today.

O’Brien is represented by the American Center for Law and Justice, a Washington-based pro-life legal group.

Lawyers for the center believe O’Brien’s lawsuit is the first from a private business owner to challenge the federal law.

O’Brien Industrial Holdings has 87 employees who run businesses that produce ceramic materials.

Missouri already requires businesses that provide health insurance to include contraception coverage, but allows for religious exemptions.

This is what these people/business wish to be exempt from providing their employees with:

All Food and Drug Administration approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity.

I don’t think any company, religious or not, should be exempt from covering contraceptives as part of no-cost preventative services for women. Hormonal birth control is not just for women to use to prevent babies – we use it to treat endometriosis and PCOS. That reason alone is enough to tell religious organizations to shove it. If you don’t believe in using birth control, then don’t use it – just like if you don’t believe in taking aspirin for a headache, don’t take it. Or if you don’t believe in preventing cancer (god’s will and all) then don’t prevent it.But don’t prevent other people from preventing it.

Can someone tell me why organizations primarily employing Catholic clerics don’t bat an eyelash at Medicare coverage for penis pumps and Erectile Dysfunction implants? Would not such things go against the sincerely held religious belief that clerics remain celibate and free of sexual thoughts/behaviors? The only purpose of an ED implant is for men who cannot maintain an erection sufficient for sexual performance. Insurance usually covers vasectomies as well – why isn’t anybody complaining about that?

Speaking of which, why is it that Medicare covers penile implants for men who cannot maintain an erection sufficient for sexual performance, but will not cover wheelchairs for use outside the home?


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  • embertine

    Hmmm…. I’m taking a wild stab in the dark here, but I think the answer to your question is that it is All About Teh Menz™!

    But you knew that.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ziztur Christina

      I think you just said what I wanted to imply.


      • embertine

        I know, I know. If it makes it any better, I initially said it out loud to myself in a “Gee golly gosh, ya think?!” kind of way.

        Aaaand then all my colleagues looked at me bemusedly because I was talking at the computer.

  • http://healthyhumanist.com Healthy Humanist

    Catholics can not live in a world where there is female autonomy…or limp weewees.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Erulora Erulóra Maikalambe

    Because Medicare is a piece of crap run by people who seem to not care all that much about patients’ quality of life. The sad thing is, it still tends to be much much better than commercial insurance. Especially for therapy. Though it is getting worse.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ziztur Christina

      Being a home health occupational therapist whose paycheck comes exclusively from medicare, to my company, to me, I have to agree.

      • https://twitter.com/#!/Erulora Erulóra Maikalambe

        My wife works in one of the therapy disciplines, in-patient though. I get to hear all about it every time Medicare changes the rules and makes it so that more and more of her coworkers have to work weekends in order to make sure Medicare actually pays the claims.

  • kevinalexander

    When Jesus said to mind your own business, he would take care of it, he said it two thousand years ago, you know , before he knew about teh slutz.

    I am so grateful for the pope who, being so much smarter than Jesus, can bring us up to speed.

  • unbound

    Oh, I have no doubt this is a war on women who have gotten too uppity for some men. The real question is what is actually motivating Frank O’Brien? I’m thinking that some other group is pulling his strings.

    In regards to benefits outside of contraception, there is a fairly nice and brief write-up (with references) at wikipedia. My wife is on those meds due to the mentioned anemia issue at the end of the 3rd paragraph.

  • GMacs

    The argument is often made that hormonal birth control is used for more than just birth control. May I just say: I don’t think that matters.

    Or at least it shouldn’t matter. I think prevention of pregnancy is enough reason to cover it. Why should women have to bring up all these other arguments? Why should they have to jump through loops to be able to justify birth control when men are the ones with the mobile gametes.

    People have sex. Sex is always happening in and out of marriage, consensually and sometimes, unfortunately, not. How is it fair to put this burden on women just because their bodies are the ones to incubate the offspring? Males are involved the act, too (if there is fertilization happening).

    Preventing pregnancy in people who are not ready for children makes a better world that is more prepared for the children whom the people may eventually have. It just makes sense to cover birth control for women.

  • http://jonvoisey.net Jon Voisey

    I think they won’t cover weelchairs outside the home because they might used to help transport people to orgies. So obviously they’re sinful.

  • Martin

    Just let the insurance company tell O’Brian that his rates will go up because of the increased cost of pre-natal, birth, and neo-natal care within his group.