Dear Ms. Neimark,
Publicity for the Princeton Area League of Women Voters
Your letter in the Times includes naming the position you hold for the governing council of the League so I assume you are writing as an official of the League – not merely as a concerned citizen.
It would seem that you believe that you understand the issue of access to contraception for women [although you do not seem to mention this issue for men]. Either you do not understand the issue before congress – which I find unlikely – or you write in a way so as to foster the deliberate deception currently receiving wide publicity by people like yourself. I think you know very well that those of us who stand clearly against the HHS mandate on the basis of the reality that it is a clear violation of the faith a millions of us who are certain that the Constitution has never before been used to justify a government demand that ALL people must have FREE ACCESS to contraceptive and abortifacient drugs and devices. The mandate demands that employers [other than workers in a “worship” center of a church] will pay for the FREE services for their employees either directly or indirectly.
The pretense – and as an intelligent, informed woman, you know it is a pretense – that an employers insurance provider will not obtain the funds needed to provide the FREE services from those who buy insurance, is beyond silly and an insult to any intelligent person. If you really need an analogy, let us compare the grocery chain that gives “FREE” hams to patrons who purchase more than a certain amount of goods [as happened this last week]. Anyone knows that the merchant is covering the costs of the FREE hams out of the other purchases made by all patrons.
I am sure, if you give serious thought to this issue, you will easily realize that the League of Women Voters has serious issues [read your newsletter: http://www.lwvprinceton.org/reports/updates/league-newsletter-february-2012 will expose some of them ]. Imagine for a moment – a very the likely situation – some rule or law will be passed by this or a future president that would absolutely place a demand upon the League that stands clearly against your beliefs and values. You see, once you decide to ignore the constitution in an issue you happen to prefer, you are in truth supporting the end of the constitution! Do you really want the end of America as it was established? I hope and pray not!
President Obama made it clear that he is against the Supreme Court changing or rejecting his “Obamacare” legislation and he fabricates a new doctrine that the Court should not violate a law that is overwhelmingly supported by congress and/or the people. Yes he backtracked this statement but the original was clearly and deliberately spoken for millions to hear. Well, his lie is simple: the law was not passed with a large majority – it barely passed. If congress had followed the will of the people – as we used to think they were supposed to do – we would not even have this issue. Obamacare would have never been passed. As it is, the strongest supporters without any hesitation – such as Speaker Pelosi – admitted without hesitation that they had not even studied this law which so clearly violates our consciences and is so unpopular by the electorate.
So now, you – on behalf of the League – which is a tax exempt organization, by the way – clearly decide to make a political statement for the HHS mandate. Then in the process, you add to the lie that not forcing employers to provide these services FREE is the same as – and I quote you – “blocking contraceptive services and discriminate against women.” You know very well it places no obstacle to these services at all other than not placing them into the category of “FREE.” You care so much about discriminating against one class of people, women and seem to care less about all the other kinds of people, men and women, who have drug or device “needs” that are no less important than are contraceptives. After all, contraceptive systems do not address medical needs, they address personal preferences.
If you want to continue to serve women voters – ALL women voters – then I suggest you have no right to use a supposedly non-partisan organization such as the League, to foster your partisan issues.