While I tend to lean hard to liberal, I always try to judge how far I can lean before I capsize. The current political debate is all about a woman's right to birth control, and if Catholic employers should have to pay to insure birth control.
Some events in my life influence my opinion (which as usual, lean liberal, but not enough to drown me).
In the 70's, Mom's OB-GYN refused to prescribe birth control for her because of his religious beliefs. I'm sure she waved goodbye on the way out. Poor thing was physically unable to flip someone off due to the polio.
In contrast, my Mormon doctor casually suggested I research the mechanics of how my birth control (Zovia) works. Come to find out, it is abortive. Many fertilized eggs have slid down my teflon-coated uterine wall, and I hope those cells had a fun ride. I may be wrong, but I don't think life begins at conception.
The non-Mormon gynecologist prescribes it to me, but if the Mormon doctor refused to, I'd either use another method or find another doctor. Mormons! (Shakes fist toward Utah.) This leads me to my next story.
In the late '80s, I went to a conference at the WordPerfect Corporation in Provo, Utah, and I tried to find a coffee machine. No coffee machines, no soda in the cafeteria. (Mormons! Everywhere with their caffeine-hating ways.) They weren't going to be flexible, so I was. I drank milk.
But even if the Constitution had Article11, The Right to Drink Diet Coke and Caffeinated Beverages, I still couldn't invoke my right to caffeine. Rights only apply to the government. Congress shall make no law withholding caffeine. WordPerfect may do what it wants.
And my god, my boat is tipping over to the right, but the government shouldn't be telling a religious organization to pay for my birth control. That's a huge conflict of church and state.
Okay then, I think all drugs are to be provided by the government (woo, boat leans left again.)
Sure, we should be a civilized society and provide free education and free health care supported by taxes. But will that be top of the line education and health care? No. (Will we end up with health care districts like school districts? Hm.) Take my pricey drug. Even if we had universal health care, that drug won't be covered, no matter what. Gilenya isn't going to be available to, say, the prison population. Too expensive, life-saving or not.
On the other end of the life-saving drug spectrum is the cheap drug the government should cover, the contraception. It protects me from a disease called having children. (Latin: habens infantes). And if the government covers it, I can insist on my rights, and I bet I could pick it up at the library and the post office.
Or, maybe we could have a cheap birth-control specific government insurance. Rest of your insurance pays for non-controversial stuff, then there's a lifestyle rider for pure baby-killing contraception like mine.
If the contraception debate was in the news just because the only people in the Senate debating contraception were men, well, duh, that was just moronic.