Hey anon! Sorry for taking so long, I wanted to make this as good as possible. I want to start off by letting you know that I greatly appreciate your desire to maintain open minded. I respect that very much.
In regards to oral birth control, it is morally acceptable to use it if your intention is for corrective purposes and not for contraception. Oral birth control does have alternative uses that do improve the health of a woman; it could be little things such as acne and regulating abnormal menstrual cycles, or it could be more serious, such as Endometriosis and Polycistic Ovary Syndrome. In these cases the medicine should not be described as “birth control” because it is not the intention; it is a medicine with a side-effect of suppressed fertility.
The issue with the Mandate is that it forces companies who give healthcare to their employees to cover multiple forms of contraception. The reason why the pill is on there to begin with is because it is used as a contraceptive. I doubt that the people who wrote this mandate were thinking about the alternative uses for oral birth control (my own opinion).
Keep in mind that the Church’s goal is not to out law the covering of birth control, but we don’t want the Government to force employers to cover certain things, especially if it infringes on the conscience of the employer. I’m sure we can all agree that we don’t want the government to make us do things we don’t want to do.
The thing is, no one needs birth control. I realize that it can be a very good option when being used to correct something, but as far as I know, almost every medical condition has multiple ways of being treated. I know Jordan, one of the contributors here on The Papists, used to take an oral contraceptive for corrective purposes and decided to change her medication.
So if a woman can’t afford oral birth control and wants to use it for corrective purposes but works for a company that doesn’t cover it, she could still find another option that would be covered by her healthcare. Furthermore she has the ability to choose whether or not she wants to be covered by the company and can even choose not to work for the company.
The Catholic Church is all about helping people, She would never leave someone without more than one option.
P.S. Your question on abortion should be coming out soon.