I've been pretty angry the last few days. It looks like the Obama Administration is going to cave into the Catholics and religious zealots and create an "opt out" provision for employers who don't want their insurance programs to cover birth control for women.
We finally get the government to pass a provision under the Affordable Care Act requiring insurance companies to cover contraception - the ink is barely wet and we're right back where we started. I'm so f*cking sick of having this argument. No one protested when insurance companies decided to cover Viagra. The sanctity of the penis is supreme.
I still go to Planned Parenthood for my birth control because it costs half the price than if I go to the pharmacy with my bs health insurance plan that I pay $500/month for but doesn't cover anything I need. Birth control is my health care. The pill costs $20/month...the IUD costs between $500-1000...this isn't chump change. Why isn't my decision to put off parenthood so I can get an education and start a business supported by the culture? Why do we have to face obstacle after obstacle because some backward religious zealot who's busy molesting boys is uncomfortable with the thought that I can fuck for the pleasure of fucking.
Our Presidents talk about abortion with limiting language. Abortion should be legal and "rare" - if you want abortion to be rare then isn't contraception the answer? And don't get me started with second trimester abortions. The US has the hightest rate of second trimester abortions in the industrialized world (we also have the highest rate of teen pregnancies and STDs - go America). And it's simply about economics:
"42% of women having abortions live on an income that falls below the federal poverty level – they are making less than the $208 per week needed to pay for the basic necessities of life – and 53% of women having abortions between weeks 16 and 20 gestation are women in this low income bracket."
They have to wait to save up the money to get the abortion because they're living on $200/week.
Forget about the government subsidizing abortion for low income women like other progressive countries. The puritans will never have it. But with all the bs the Catholic church has pulled why cater to them at all? They should be knocked off the board.
When I think of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness", I think of intentional motherhood. If men got pregnant, maybe they'd feel the same way too. I'm ready to storm the gates.