Conservative rags are all abuzz about the latest “scandal” from the Obama Administration. Federal law requires that women who are victims of sexual assault be given appropriate mental and physical health options, but when Christian groups aiding refugees are reminded that they must do the same, things spin into something the ill-informed right-wing base can use for at least a week’s worth of hate.
It started with headlines like “Christians forced to offer abortions to refugees” being turned into the typical propaganda of the telephone-playing wingnut:
Obama is forcing refugees to get abortions.
Yes, that’s right, conservatives. The president is forcing people to have abortions because the president hates fetuses and Christians.
The actual issue at hand isn’t nearly as complicated as the headlines make it out to be. A rule by the Children and Families Administration states:
Paragraph (a) requires care provider facilities to provide UCs who are victims of sexual abuse that occurred while in ORR care timely, unimpeded access to emergency medical treatment, crisis intervention services, emergency contraception, and sexually transmitted infections prophylaxis, in accordance with professionally accepted standards of care, where appropriate under medical or mental health professional standards.
“Access” being the key word here. To the extremist Christian Right, providing access to any form of contraception is evil, as the world would be much better off with droves of unwanted children roaming orphanages and foster homes for eighteen years.
It doesn’t seem anyone has told them that the children would most likely be born on American soil, and regardless of their skin-color would receive American citizenship. They wouldn’t be able to call them illegals, but they would be able to complain about what a drain they are on their paychecks.
The faith-based charities that are opposed to the rule have two options: Do what’s right for the people you’re taking responsibility for or stop receiving federal funding.
These are the same people who are opposed to big government and public assistance, are they not? They think people should turn to the church rather than the SNAP program, don’t they?
The answer, then, is simple: Stop taking big government’s money, offer inadequate care to refugees and suffer the consequences when you get sued.
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