The vast majority of Americans think it is morally fine to use birth control, and that view is shared by over 80 percent of Catholics. There are in fact relatively few things that the American people find as morally acceptable, according to Gallup. Divorce, gambling, pornography, same sex relationships and wearing fur all are less morally acceptable to the population.

U.S. Perceived Moral Acceptability of Behaviors and Social Policies, May 2012

Major Catholic Universities and institutions recently filed a lawsuit against the Health and Human Services about the requirement that insurance companies cover birth control for the institutions’ employees.  These institutions are quasi public organizations that serve the public in general and receive a huge amount of public funding.   Yet they are fighting to receive special treatment simply because the people that own/control them hold an incredibly fringe idea about what is morally acceptable.

There is little public support for the idea that birth control is morally wrong, even among Catholics, who strongly believe contraceptives are simply health related medical products that people want and should be allowed to use.  We are dealing with a serious slippery slope problem if any publicly supported company or organization can demand they be exempt from any generally applied regulation because the owner claims it runs counter to some idea of religious belief.

This is not about direct religious institutions, such as a church, for which there are already special exemptions. This is about publicly supported organizations, open to the general public, that are merely owned or controlled by individuals or groups who think their personal beliefs, no matter how fringe, should trump what the vast majority of Americans consider the best public policy by the government.