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Students React to New Obama Administration Mandate

Students React to New Obama Administration Mandate

Mary Alice Schultz

St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Downtown Charleston, where Bishop Robert Guglielmone presides, is just one of many Catholic churches protesting the contraception mandate.

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Just in time for the Republican debates, the Obama administration has created a mandate which, according to ABC News, would require hospitals – religious or not – to provide healthcare to their employees which, would cover the cost of birth control.  Much debate has arisen because of this pending mandate, and it has many Americans talking.  Even many Brashier students have decided where they stand on this issue.

“I am against it [the mandate] because I am Catholic… [but] even though I am Catholic I don’t really view it as an issue dealing with contraception.  I view it more as an issue against religious freedom because they are forcing certain hospitals… to do certain things that are against their beliefs,” says Sophomore Gil Gonzales.

Senior Michelle Wolfe feels comfortable with the mandate.

“I’m for it because it’s a woman’s right to abort their child and birth control is just a preventative.  You might as well use birth control.  I don’t believe the government should tell you what not to do,” says Wolfe.

Yet Gonzales suggests that this mandate is not completely concerned with the rights of the woman.

“Personally, I think… Obama can’t run [in the coming election] on his political record… [the mandate will] draw attention away from economics.”

Wolfe also feels that the mandate could be a political move.  “I guess it’s to get support from people who want abortion,” says Wolfe.

The proposed mandate would have many consequences.

“[There would be] less abortions and less accidental pregnancies… less kids [and] less foster kids,” says Wolfe, who feels that these outcomes would be beneficial.

However, Gonzales feels that results of the mandate would only be negative.  “If the Catholic Church did comply… everything would default,” says Gonzales about this conditional outcome.

Yet both Gonzales and Wolfe feel that in order to fix the problems faced, each organization should accept the other.

“I think they [the Catholic hospitals] should just accept [the mandate],” says Wolfe.

Gonzales counters, saying that “The Obama administration shouldn’t follow through with it.  The Obama administration… shouldn’t force their beliefs upon other organizations.”

How do you feel about the Obama administration’s mandate?  Leave a comment below and tell us what you think!

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