Misogyny Masked as Morality

Fri, 02/10/2012 - 08:41
Submitted by Carlin Ross

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.

Editor in Chief & Keeper of All Things Betty Dodson

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You are so right!

Fri, 02/10/2012 - 12:22

You are right on, Carlin!  I am so disappointed that Obama isn't sticking to it.  You have stated the argument so well--you should send this in as an op-ed piece to every major newspaper in the country.

and you only really need to

Fri, 02/10/2012 - 12:54
Anonymous_ (not verified)

and you only really need to remind them of that if viagra is covered, prevention needs to be covered as well. i bet it can be statistically proved that pregnancy and STD:s are a much bigger health threat to a person and society than erectile dysfunction. i mean, just take the aids epidemic!!!

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Fri, 02/10/2012 - 15:55
amazed (not verified)

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.

This strikes me as a rather needless jab in what is already an issue being driving too much by emotion than by reason on both sides. It implies than a) the only ones opposing your position are child molesters and b) that only ones who molest children are religious zealots.  That as much a matter of folkore as saying that most people became homosexuals because of child abuse or that bisexuals are incapable of deciding what they want out of life. 

I'm all in favor of health care providers making the same servies available to everyone and don't believe one should opt out because religious reason if it's private business, but by the same token I don't believe any institure that is "religious" should be forced to pay for a servies they oppose, even if there argument for opposition seems inconsistant. Frankly, I'm thanking Obama did comprimse on this issue because if he hadn't it would have distracted too much from more pressing issues during an election year.  Bottom line: line-height: giving the political climate, it could have turned out ALOT worse.

Craven caving in to the Catholic Church

Fri, 02/10/2012 - 16:47

This "opt out" provision is a slap in the face to humanity and a direct cave to one of the crueler institutions on the planet, the Catholic Church. Having unfortunately been raised as a Catholic, I can tell you that the Church teaches that many of the children born because of withholding contraception will spend all eternity being tortured in Hell. How's that for compassion, sensitivity, and hypocrisy? Don't even get me started on how the Catholic Church teaches that healthy human sexual development consists of one opportunity after another to be sent to Hell. Sick, sad, and infuriating.