You may have heard of Obama coffee mugs and Obama mouse pads. You may have even been aware that the campaign website, BarackObama.com, ran a “fire sale” on branded merchandise late in October just in case the election didn’t go their way. But who knew there were male prophylactics with the president’s likeness?
The birth control devices, available at Obamacondoms.com, were being hawked during yesterday’s inaugural, CNSNews reports. Vendors peddled their wares to crowds entering and leaving the National Mall. Fittingly, they jacked up the retail price of the condoms, charging $5 a pop and $20 for five. The items sell online for $3.95.
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Then again, that situation is apt to change once the Obamacare provision mandating that companies provide free contraception to their employees takes effect. If it takes effect. The Washington Times reported last week that nine of 14 federal courts to rule so far on the controversial provisions have sided with employers who argue that the requirement violates their beliefs and infringes on their religious liberties. The case is now almost certainly headed to the Supreme Court.
But wait. Even if the high court comes down on the administration’s side, the law as written covers only prescription contraceptives and only items that are available for use by women (such as the morning-after pill and diaphragms). Isn’t that discriminatory, excluding – as it does — nearly half of all Americans?
Howard Portnoy has written for HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.
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