This Letter to the Editor on the League's stand on contraception was published in Sunday's Orlando Sentinel.
Recently, the U.S. Senate narrowly defeated an amendment that would limit access to contraception for women if any employer or insurance plan has an undefined "religious or moral objection" to it. This move to cut back on preventive health-care services would turn back the clock for women.
We realize that not everyone agrees with the League on this subject. But we strongly believe that public institutions, including schools and hospitals that receive substantial federal assistance, should not limit the health-care choices of their employees. Neither should institutions that serve the public be allowed to impose their views. They should respect the decisions of each individual.
The League of Women Voters believes that all people, regardless of gender, should be eligible for preventive health services. Allowing employers to exclude contraceptive services is discrimination based on sex — something that has no place in the 21st century.
Ann Hellmuth President, League of Women Voters of Orange County