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Birth control has become an unlikely controversy in the upcoming presidential election.
A move that started when President Barack Obama passed a notion which would require all employers, whether religious or not, to cover contraception, has grown into a full on debate.
Many in the Catholic church have screamed outrage over the fact that religiously-affiliated companies would have to cover something they don’t believe in. Obama responded by saying that religious employers could opt out, but insurers would have to cover birth control.
Birth control has become even more of a controversy recently with the fact that all conversations about the women’s rights issue have been discussed only by men. In the month of February alone, 22 men were interviewed or talked about birth control on the news versus 2 women. Many find it strange that men, who don’t even take birth control, would be brought in to discuss the topic.
Currently, Obama has been trying to resolve the issue and has casted the contraception controversy as a women’s rights issue, and not a religious freedom issue. Many Republicans and religious organizations early accused the president of making birth control a war on religion.
Adding more heat to the debate was conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, who verbally attacked a female law student on Feb. 29. Limbaugh called 30-year-old Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” because she was a supporter of access to contraception. He also said that if the government and employers covered birth control, it was basically paying for their employees to have sex.
Republican strategist John Feehery has commented that by GOP candidates not distancing themselves from Limbaugh’s comments has only allowed Obama an advantage.
Despite the controversy, a new poll by CBS News and the New York Times has revealed that 72 percent of women support the requirement of private insurance companies to cover the full cost of birth control for their patients. This is versus the 59 percent of men who support the requirement.