I see that no one has yet pointed out the inaccuracy of the nuns' argument yet. Leaving out religion as a whole, because I've seen what that does on here...
They are wrong, and they are twisting the health care policy towards religious ends. I say this not because of any definition of life or soul or child or whatever. I say this because everyone here seems to have missed that the nuns have no idea how a health care policy works. Or if they do, they are ignoring that information. They are using a religious excuse to get out of their country's mandated obligations, and are doing it inaccurately.
What I mean by this is:
1. By paying into a health care policy you are putting money into your own health.
2. When you do so, they pay it back every time you need a doctor's appointment, blood test, pap schmear, mammogram, etc... all things a nun requires...
3. Your collected money go towards paying back the lab, the doctor, and the radiology clinic.
4. If there is money left in your 'account' at the end of the year, it makes your rates good. You probably won't get a discount for a good record like you might for something like auto insurance, but it still helps out your rates if you shop around for other providers.
5. Finally, if you stick with a company for a long time, which a nun would probably be able to do, they end up paying huge amounts as you draw close to your end of life. Most people have some kind of disease, or wasting sickness that ends their life, particularly in 'first world countries' where people live so long.
6. If, for some reason, you have an early death and don't use up your 'collected funds' that you paid in for years, yes, you lose the money. But you still have not paid for any contraception or abortion.
1. Buys healthcare from the same provider.
2. Requires contraception.
3. Gets it through their own contributions to the health care insurance company.
4. Has still not cost the nun a dime, nor even met her, or been in contact with her or her money in any way.
What I'm saying here is, if you don't believe in abortion, then you don't have one, same for contraception. The insurance company doesn't have to pay for one then. There could be an argument that the money goes into a huge fund that pays for abortion, but then again, my money in that same company goes in to saving a pedophile priest. I can't dictate that, and they can't either. But the fact is, if they don't have an abortion, then the company is not paying for said abortion.
And yes, the plans are required to guarantee the option of having an abortion, but that doesn't mean that they are just paying for abortions willy nilly. And many of the policies already cover that. Now, if the insurance companies were jacking up their prices in order to cover all these abortions, and contraceptives, that would be a different story. However, that is not the case, they are actually under even more stringent rules about their pricing than they were previously, another part of the health care plan. They can't charge extra for the 'abortion option,' because they can't jack up their prices now.
The argument that the nuns are paying left and right for abortions is incorrect. Insurance doesn't work that way. The excess money they pay is more likely going to the pocket of an executive.
Edit to add: This notion of insurance covering abortions is actually a great thing, and I can see why the church would want to fight it. Especially in states like Mississippi. If anyone doesn't follow this, there's a law that has been on the books, but suspended by a judge. It would close down the last abortion clinic in the state due to a medical technicality. The leadership of the state, including the governor, I believe, have said that it would "end abortions in Mississippi."
The problem with that notion is that they are not ending abortion in a private, paid for manner, only in the one remaining clinic. All those people who have health care or money are welcome to go to a hospital and have the same procedure, so in effect, this law is only ending abortion for the least wealthy people, who can't afford health care and hospitals.
So, if everyone is mandated to get health care, and they do, all of a sudden those clinics that the religious leadership in the state have worked so hard to shut down is now unnecessary, because now everyone can go to the hospital for their abortion, and go to their new primary care doctor to get contraception.
Yeah, I can see how they would want to stop that.