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How to End the Fight Over Contraception: New at Reason

It’s time to make birth control available over the counter.

A. Barton Hinkle writes:

Choking on our own rage has replaced baseball as the great American pastime. Earlier this month, the Trump administration gave people a chance to participate in it once again. The topic this time: what do to about birth control.

And this time, there might actually be a non-enraging solution.

Obamacare requires employers to provide insurance that covers contraception. The administration expanded a conscience exemption to that mandate for those whose religious scruples conflict with contraception. That mandate and exemption have provoked ferocious disagreement; the Supreme Court already has weighed in on the topic once in the Hobby Lobby case, and it may do so again in Zubik v. Burwell, the case that involves the Little Sisters of the Poor.

But the administration didn’t wait; it said that imposing the mandate on “entities with sincerely held religious objections… does not serve a compelling governmental interest.” Cue outrage from secular liberals.

However, the next administration could change the rules back—stoking outrage from religious conservatives. Unlike taxes or transportation funding, this issue is hard to resolve because it pits two incompatible beliefs against each other: the belief that government should not force people to violate their religious faith, and the belief that religious faith should not trump women’s access to contraception.

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Free Trade Increases Infertility?, Federal Judge Halts Travel Ban, ICE to Ramp Up Workplace Raids: A.M. Links

The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem. Total disrespect for our great country!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017

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Brickbat: Old Enough to Know Better

The Palm Beach County, Florida, school system is set to pay $3.6 million to the the families of four third-graders molested by a school employee. But system officials at first sought to fight a lawsuit brought by the families, arguing in court…

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