I was involved in the following exchange concerning health care and birth control as it related to the election results last night. The “dialogue” is paraphrased. Maybe this can be part of the new approach for conservatives?
Actress 1: … The big problem for Republicans is that they refuse to cover birth control. I’m not sure what the big deal is.
Actor: I don’t mean to interrupt, but are you referring to Catholic business owners who do not want to provide a birth control benefit in their health insurance policies for employees?
Actress 2: Yeah, that’s pretty stupid. Women should have access to health care.
Actor: OK, I’m not sure how that relates to Republicans “refusing to cover birth control” … but how are Catholic business owners restricting or cutting off health care for women?
[a slight pause]
Actor: Let me ask you both a question. How would you feel if some of your tax dollars were redirected to me so I could use that money towards a Catholic education for my kids?
Actress 1: That would totally be a violation of the “Separation of Church and State.”
Actor: Do Catholics have the right to not use or support the use of contraception? Is that a valid belief?
Actress 2: Yes, but I’m pro-choice and I think women have the right to choose.
Actor: How do you justify using tax dollars or mandating health care premiums that take money from the pocket of Catholic business owners to pay for contraception, and then quote the “Separation of Church and State” when it comes to me using your tax dollars to pay for a Catholic education?
A nerve was hit during the above conversation. One actress actually walked away during the last sentence of the paraphrased transcript above, but one really did understand the point. Women may certainly have the right to choose, but they can’t be going around demanding others pay for their choice.
Remember … Human rights exist simultaneously between people. A “right” can not be defined as one that diminishes the rights of another.
I’ll admit, the entire conversation was short and none of the participants were prepared. I think many people are afraid to have these conversations with people they know have an opposite opinion. It’s amazing how we quickly open up and commiserate with those we agree with.
I’ll freely admit most of the people who read my articles are already conservatives. I bet I’ve changed the minds of a few, but most of the time I’m preaching to the choir. When writing earlier today, I thought of mentioning a “different approach” that would take us all out of our comfort zone during conversations. Maybe this is the way to go?