Wow… just wow:
Thanks to an Obamacare regulation that took effect on Aug. 1, health care plans in Oregon will now be required to provide free sterilizations to 15- year-old girls even if the parents of those girls do not consent to the procedure.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius finalized the regulation earlier this year.
It says that all health care plans in the United States–except those provided by actual houses of worship organized under the section of the Internal Revenue Code reserved for churches per se–must provide coverage, without cost-sharing, for sterilizations and all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives to “all women with reproductive capacity.”
In practical terms, “all women with reproductive capacity” means girls as young as about 12. That, according to the National Institutes of Health, is when girls usually start menstruating.
Progressivism isn’t just anti-liberty; it’s anti-human. What else could explain using the power of the state to let teenage girls, on a whim, permanently sterilize themselves without so much as a how-do-you-do to mom and dad?
How did this thing get through without being notice until just now? Simple: It didn’t exist in the law. ObamaCare ceded that authority to Kathleen Sebelius, who gets to write the regulations to serve Kathleen Sebelius.
And if you think I’m exaggerating about the anti-human nature of progressivism, think again:
I make even my most ardent pro-choice friends and colleagues very uncomfortable when I explain why my mother should have aborted me. Somehow they confuse the well-considered and rational: “The best choice for both my mother and me would have been abortion” with the infamous expression of depression and angst: “I wish I had never been born.” The two are really very different things, and we must draw that distinction clearly.
The mind boggles at how self-loathing can be elevating to loathing of one’s own entire species. But that’s what progressivism comes down to, and that’s why it’s vile.