Opinion: Don't threaten women's health care
Most people support free access to contraceptive health care, according to polls.
February 29th, 2012
02:05 PM ET

Opinion: Don't threaten women's health care

Editor's note: Felicity Huffman was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe Award for her performance in "Transamerica." She received an Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award for her starring role in ABC's "Desperate Housewives."

By Felicity Huffman, Special to CNN

(CNN) - Congress is attempting to eviscerate women's health care. Like many women across America, I am outraged.

Tomorrow, the Senate will vote on legislation proposed by Sen. Roy Blunt that would allow employers to deny coverage for health care services that are considered morally objectionable.

On February 16, Republicans in the House of Representatives held a hearing designed to undermine President Barack Obama's decision to guarantee women free access to contraception health care regardless of their workplace.

Fair enough. We all have the right to disagree and fight for our beliefs. But by definition, a hearing is an inquiry into many sides of an issue with testimony from various points of views. But mark this: The Republicans did not have a single woman to testify in support of the contraception mandate. That is not a hearing; that is a sham.

Read Felicity Huffman's full column

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  1. Ann

    "Health care services that are considered morally objectionable" - by WHOM?

    By religious organizations, of course. How is it that they get to pick and choose which laws they obey, just because of their beliefs?

    There are a number of laws that go against MY beliefs. I won't bore you with a list, but the point is, I have to obey them anyway. They should, too.

    Churches, if you're going to open up a school, or a hospital, or an adoption agency, or a thrift shop, or whatever - then be an employer like every other employer in this country and follow the laws. Insure your employees for the health care THEY need, whether you think they need it or not. Give their families benefits, whether you like the kind of family they have or not. Hire workers if they can do the job, whether they believe in your religion or not.

    Oh, and pay your d@mn taxes.

    February 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Retreat Hell

      churches want to assert their beliefs on taxpayers then I guess paying taxes are due. Thank you for your comment Ann

      February 29, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |