Dem Rep: Birth Control a Right Under Constitution
"No one has the right to discriminate against a woman because of her own beliefs."
Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-CA) appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace to discuss women's rights verses religious freedom when it comes to business owners supplying birth control under the Obamacare mandate.
Wallace began with a scenario putting him in the ownership of a business as a religious man. He asked, "If I own a company and I have strong religious beliefs, the government can tell me I have to violate those beliefs in terms of providing birth control coverage to my employees?"
Becerra, in an attempt to squelch those fears, assures that the government would never violate a person's religious beliefs unless, of course, those beliefs hinder a woman's access to her rights, i.e. birth-control:
“The government will not violate anyone's religious beliefs, but no one has the right to discriminate against a woman because of her own beliefs.
Wallace gently reminds the congressman that another option could be that the woman find other employment. But Becerra draws a hard line, saying some rights trump others, and then drifts off topic a bit:
“No business should be allowed to discriminate against women. And we've gone beyond that. We should also try to pay them equally for the work that they do that's equal to what a man does.
Wallace steered Becerra back on point and asked, "What about the owner's right to his religious freedom, his religious beliefs?"
“The owner has a right to his or her religious beliefs. But that doesn't mean you get to discriminate against women if women have different beliefs than what the owner has and the woman wants to exercise her rights under the Constitution.