Republican women in Congress are finally joining in the fight for "religious liberty," by attempting to convince women that trying to make access to affordable birth control harder isn't about birth control. Good luck with that.
“If it’s made a contraception issue, they’ll win,” Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-N.Y.) said Monday.The very essence of the Affordable Care Act and the preventive services provisions of the bill, including free birth control, is making health care more affordable and thus more accessible. That's what Republicans have been trying to stop from the very beginning.
She cast the contraception mandate as one example of government overreach in President Obama’s healthcare law. Critics of the policy are concerned about “the erosion of all freedoms,” not about birth control, she said.
“The very essence of the healthcare law is that the government is going to tell you what your healthcare is going to be,” Buerkle said. [...]
“I care deeply about women’s health,” Buerkle said. “This is not a women’s health issue that we’re talking about, and it’s so important not to be deceived and not to be distracted.”
Since they've chosen women's health care to be where they take their "religious liberty" stand, it is absolutely about women's health care. Frame it however they want, what they're trying to do is limit women's freedom. But Buerkle is right about one thing, they'll lose on that.