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Home  Aggregator    Daily HHS Contraception Mandate Lies: Public opinion And The Right's War On Women  77299

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Reading the headlines leads one to think that everyone loves the federal contraception mandate except for a few woman-hating Catholic priests and some Republicans engaged in an evil (but inexplicable) War Against Women.

However, As Timothy P. Carney points out, there are two lies buried in this storyline:

1) It's a lie that public opinion is firmly behind the mandate.

show strong majorities supporting the mandate tend to be based on inaccurate or incomplete descriptions of the regulation.

Look at these polls from PollingReport.com, and you'll see some interesting comparisons.

The WSJ/NBC poll asked about "The federal government requiring employers to offer free birth control coverage as part of their health insurance benefit plans," and found 53% percent report. But then a more complete description of the mandate, "including the morning after pill," dropped that support down to 43%. I'm sure some of that 10 percent was thinking of RU-486, which isn't covered -- but what if they had asked "including sterilization."

When WSJ/NBC described in more detail what has many people so upset, it found only 38% support: "The federal government requiring health insurance plans for the employees at Catholic and other religiously-affiliated hospitals and colleges to offer free birth control coverage and mandate that the health insurance company pays for that cost."

But even without the details of the mandatory coverage, one factor that made a big difference in poll responses, it seems, was whether the pollster disclosed that this rule was a federal requirement.

For instance, Quinnipiac found that 71 percent of women "think that health insurance plans should cover birth control as preventive care for women or not?" but only 47 percent think "the federal government should require private employers to offer free birth control coverage as part of their health insurance benefit plans or not?"

Comparing the polls on that page, the grammar really matters. When asked about "requirements," respondents were more supportive, while they were less supportive when it was put in the active voice: "should the federal government require."

So the truth is that public opinion is split on the mandate.As Nice Deb aptly notes, the cynical Democrat election year ploy of labeling Republican reactions to Obama's contraception mandate as a Republican "War on Women" is deeply disingenuous and absurd on it's face.

[...] Half of the people who make up the Republican party are women, and (just like the men!), we don't think it's the government's responsibility to pay for people's birth control. We also think it's a shocking violation of religious liberties for the federal government to force individuals and organizations to buy a product that violates their conscience. That is what the debate is about. It has nothing to do with women's rights.
More here. As NIce Deb goes on to point out, the only war on women in this country has been the Left's war on conservative women.

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