As far as I can tell, the Obama Administration is offering the perfect phony solution to the phony problem of employers whose “consciences” require them to deprive their female employees of health care that might allow them to enjoy having sex. Instead of requiring employers to pay insurance companies to provide basic reproductive health services the new rules will simply require insurers to provide the services. Of course, the cost will have to be figured into the price somehow: just as the (much higher) cost of maternity services already is.

Which raises an interesting question: Should an employer who has a religious belief that population growth is a problem be allowed to deny employees maternity care after the second delivery?

Footnote Astoundingly, this seems to be pleasing both the Catholic Health Association (though maybe not the bishops) and Planned Parenthood.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]

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Mark Kleiman

Mark Kleiman is a professor of public policy at the New York University Marron Institute.