“How many divisions does the Pope of Rome have?”
-Josef Stalin, 1944
No longer can insurance companies discriminate against women just because you guys are the ones who have to give birth... They have to cover things like contraception as preventive care, no more out-of-pocket costs. And while it will take a couple of years for all the reforms to fully take place...
-Barack Obama, October 2011
President Obama “reinforced” his stance on the controversial contraception mandate while speaking at the Democrats’ annual retreat at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. today, Senate Democrats said.
The retreat was closed to media.
“The power to decide whether or not to use contraception lies with a woman – not her boss,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. “What is more intrusive than trying to allow an employer to make medical decisions for someone who works for them?”
Oh, I don't know - forcing them to comply with government diktats that are against their strongest-held religious beliefs, on the threat of being forced into bankruptcy, personal ruin, public humiliation, and every other plague a vindictive government can assault them with?
We are about to find out the answer to Stalin's famous question, by the way. The battle is set for November 6th, 2012, and the forces of both sides will be arrayed against each other, with the battlefield tilted towards Stalin's ideology, thanks to a non-stop carpet bombing by his (media and "intellectual") allies. The Pope's forces, should they be large enough and committed enough, can overcome the built-in disadvantages of the terrain.
We'll see soon enough...