As a country, Americans have been granted certain unalienable rights, most importantly, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. However, the first of these rights has been greatly challenged by the Land of the (un)Free. Earlier this month, the news has been buzzing about an outbreak of the Measles, a highly contagious respiratory disease, in Disney Land, California. Many politicians strongly stand for vaccines, but are tolerating exemptions for religious reasons. Meanwhile, the government (of the people, by the people, for the people, as Abraham Lincoln once described it) forces all establishments to provide contraceptive drugs to women in their workplace. While this may be acceptable to some establishments, one group has been fighting this breach of religious liberty. They go by The Little Sisters of the Poor, and they're pretty hardcore, if I do say so myself.
- Measles is one of the leading causes of death in the United States.
- In 2013, there were 16 deaths per hour globally due to Measles.
- Three out of ten people who have measles will contract a more harmful respiratory disease, most commonly pneumonia, making Measles even more threatening.
- Measles vaccines are safe, effective, and inexpensive, as it costs approximately $1 to vaccinate a child.
Okay. Now let's discuss the HHS mandate. 25,000 people have petitioned to President Obama to eliminate the HHS mandate, a portion of Obamacare that requires all organizations to provide contraceptives in their insurance. The Little Sisters of the Poor have sued the federal government for the infringement on their religious liberty. The government has threatened large fines, but the Little Sisters push on. If they were to choose to not provide contraceptives to their employees, it would cost up to $100 per employee per day. That is a ridiculous price for a non-profit religious organization, whose mission is to feed, house, and support the elderly.
- There have a few accommodations and exemptions for certain religious groups, however, they do not cover the Little Sisters, and many other religious groups.
- Although the Little Sisters are a Catholic organization, more Protestants have challenged the HHS mandate than Catholics have.
- The HHS mandate requires organizations to provide contraceptives, regardless of religious beliefs.
While allowing religious exceptions for Measles vaccinations will assisst the spread of a deadly disease, the HHS mandate requires organizations to provide drugs that cause death, regardless of the religious or personal beliefs of that establishment. Speak out against this infringement on our religious freedom as Americans.
Sign a petition to stop the HHS mandate here: