Because freedom can't protect itself
The courts also long rejected drug testing (and rightly so), until Reagan's administration made up reasons why it was okay and forced it through based on skewed data, public ignorance, and moral panic. Since then, people have been conditioned through that to believe that their bodily autonomy and privacy are in the hands of their employers and not themselves--if they want to eat, that is. This is just another of the logical extensions of that "right" of the rich to control the poor, now that their first violation has been absorbed as acceptable by the masses.
When is the ACLU going to end the discrimination against men in reproductive rights? When are men going to be given the same rights as women, namely, to "be able to decide whether and when to have children." As it stands, men are denied any and all post-conception rights.
This is a very simple issue to fix. Let women decide if and when to become a mother. Let men decide if and when to become a father to a woman's child. All of these decisions should be made before birth.
If the woman wishes to for him to become a father to her child, she can inform him of the pregnancy, as early as possible. He should be given no more than 30 days to decide. If he chooses NOT to become a father, he has no rights or responsibilities in perpetuity, even if the kid becomes a millionaire athlete.
If she chooses to not tell him, or if she does tell him and he opts out within the 30 day period, he has no rights or responsibility toward her child. This simple solution gives the woman total and absolute control over her reproduction but does not deny the man rights over his.
I understand that the ACLU believes this to a reproductive rights issue. No arguments against it will come from me. What I fail to understand is why the ACLU believes that an employer should PAY for a woman's choices. That is where the employers filing lawsuits have a point. No one is trying to stop women from using contraception. What is being argued is who should pay for it.
As the commenter above asked: why are male reproductive rights completely ignored? And why does this insurance not cover condoms or vasectomies? Is that not the definition of gender bias?
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