A debate over in the BBQ Pit about pharmacists who won’t dispense emergency contraception brought to mind a similar issue. A few years ago, I was interviewed for a job by an organization which is part of the Catholic Church. During the interview, they told me that they didn’t cover birth control because of the church’s moral stance on it and asked me if I was all right with that. I said I was and that I would not expect them to cover it. There was a Planned Parenthood office down the street from them, and, if the job was all right otherwise, I would have been prepared to make other arrangements.
What’s your take on employers who don’t cover birth control because they find it morally objectionable? How about abortion? Is it different if the company covers erectile disfunction drugs but not birth control?
I don’t have a problem with it if it jibes with the company’s overall position regarding morality and how important it is. I have no problem with part of the Catholic Church not covering birth control because their stance on it is well known and part of the Catholic Church’s job is to take moral stances. By the same token, I’d understand if another church didn’t cover birth control for unmarried people. On the other hand, I’d raise my eyebrows if, say, a subprime mortgage lender refused to cover birth control on moral grounds, and I would have difficulty seeing what say a grocery store should have in my morality. I admit I don’t know if any of my employers have covered abortion under their health plans, mostly because I’ve never thought I’d need one.
I don’t think employers should be required to provide coverage for procedures they see as immoral, although I’d prefer they not act like hypocrites. To me, covering birth control makes economic sense, if only because it’s much cheaper than pregnancy. After all, if an employer has a policy I disagree with, I can always choose to work for someone else. Yes, I do realize there may still be some towns left where there’s one employer most of the town works for, although they’re a lot less common these days. Even so, one does have alternatives, although there may not be any good ones.
What do you think?
Editted to add:
By the way, if we can keep this away from the morals or lack thereof of the Catholic Church, I’d appreciate it. I realize there are people on this board who do not have a high opinion of it, and I understand that opinion. They were simply the handiest example I had of an organization that doesn’t cover birth control because of their self-proclaimed and self-defined morals.