White House Press Secretary’s Ironic Use of “Vital”

Yesterday, the Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision in favor of Hobby Lobby and other closely-held for profit corporations1 who challenged the mandatory contraceptive provision of the Affordable Health Care Act because several of these chemicals are also abortifacients. Owners of these businesses will not have to forfeit the practice of their faiths simply because they started a company. It is a welcomed return of part of the inalienable right of religious freedom mentioned in our Constitution, but under attack by a non-believing Democratic agenda.

Of course, for every winning side, there’s a losing side. White House press secretary spoke on aspects of the Court’s decision, including this:

“As millions of women know firsthand, contraception is often vital to their health and well-being. That’s why the Affordable Care Act ensures that women have coverage for contraceptive care along with other preventative care like vaccines and cancer screenings.”2

The Washington Examiner article has already addressed the absurdity of comparing pregnancy to polio and measles as a disease to be prevented. But this is a good time to assert that the use of “vital” is way off base, too.

Yes, it is true that some women take contraceptives for unrelated medical conditions. However, pro-life women will also tell you that there are usually alternatives that not only respect life, but are also safer for the women who take them.

Back to the use of the word “vital.” It is an adjective with several segments to its meaning including: “concerned with or necessary to the maintenance of life” and “characteristic of life or living beings.”3

So, something which prevents a life from its natural beginning or ends a life by blocking implantation, i.e. early stage abortion, is described as needed by your body in order to keep living? Sounds more like a Newspeak press conference.4

1 – “A closely held corporation is a corporation in which more than half of the shares are held by fewer than 5 individuals. Closely held corporations are private companies, and are not publicly held. In a closely held corporation, if one of the shareholders wants to sell some or all of his/her shares, the sale must take place with one of the other existing shareholders, since no sale of shares can take place.” By Jean Murray, http://www.biztaxlaw.about.com

2 – “Deconstructing the White House’s childish response to the Hobby Lobby decision,” by Ashe Schow, http://www.washingtonexaminer.com, 6/30/2014

3 – http://www.merriam-webster.com

4 — from the book “Nineteen Eighty-Four” … probably already banned by Common Core


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