Have you ever been so angry you couldn’t even put a sentence together? I have. In fact, it’s taken me close to half an hour just to get this far in this post.
Rick Santorum. Oh, my God. Frankly, that’s all I can bring myself to say right now, and really all I need to say. The collective groan from just hearing this uninformed idiot’s name is enough. He told the audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference that insurance plans shouldn’t cover contraception services because birth control “costs a few dollars” and is only a “minor expense” for women. Really? Really?! And then Tom Price jumps right in there, when asked what he would say to women who can’t afford their birth control, “Bring me one woman who has been left behind. Bring me one. There’s not one.” So, what you’re saying is that one in three women who have struggled to afford prescription birth control (including 55 percent of women between the ages of 18 and 34) don’t actually exist?
Obama’s plan to have all employers offer insurance that covers birth control (which is basic friggin’ health care, got it?) exempts churches. So all these bishops and everyone else can stop whining. No one is coming into the churches and trying to tell parishioners what to believe. However, if the bishops want to start businesses that employ millions of people of varying faiths – or no defined faith at all – then they must play by the rules, especially while they’re using our tax dollars in the process. Just because a religious group in claims to believe something, it will not excuse them from obeying the laws in the public arena based on that belief. If they want to plunge overtly into politics from the pulpit, then they should give up their tax-exempt status.
A lot of male politicians and religious leaders spin this into raging harlotry, basically making it into a premarital sex issue. Um, hello. You are aware that (most) woman don’t just automatically stop taking birth control as soon as the marriage certificate is signed, right? Even married woman have the right to have control over their own reproduction. Let’s also take into consideration the fact that many women are not on birth control to prevent pregnancy, but for health reasons. Many women with PCOS could not get through the day if it weren’t for the extra hormones. There are many women who are disabled and are on birth control to stop their periods from even coming. So dudes, get off your high horses. If the hell-bent (pun-intended) fight against pregnancy prevention is based solely on a religious belief, shouldn’t masturbation be outlawed too? Let’s face it, it’s really the safest sex there is. Why don’t you think about that, and let us women worry about our lady bits?
We’re not going to shut up about it either. Senator Blunt (R) wants to pass an amendment that will allow any insurer to deny their employees benefits – that are required by federal law – based on their objections. Yeah, because this doesn’t just beg for any company to deny something on a whim. Luckily, there are important women, both Democrat (Sens. Barbara Boxer and Patty Murray) and Republican (Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins) who stand in opposition to Blunt.
Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren says, “This is an extreme attack on every one of us,” Warren said. “It opens the door to outright discrimination. It would let insurance companies and corporations cut off pregnant women, overweight guys, older Americans, or anyone – because some executive claims it’s part of his moral code. Maybe that wouldn’t happen, but I don’t want to take the chance.”
Basically, under this amendment, and employer could claim a moral objection to coverage for HIV screenings, diabetes treatment, or anything else they find innapropriate or resulting from “unhealthy” or “immoral” living. Instead of providing fair and equal treatment, the head honcho at Company X will pass his judgement on his employees’ health and lifestyle. So he may be a straight up racist, but had to hire a black man for the job because he was the only one qualified, but can deny the man treatment for sickle-cell anemia, claiming that he only believes in the power of prayer. not medicine.
Everyone’s all up in arms about how the government is trying to override freedom of religion. No the hell it is not. What dudes like Santorum are doing, is trying to force a religion on the country. I’m still laughing at his quote against gay marriage, that it is a privilege and not a right (wait, what?) and that because homosexual couples cannot have children and therefore do not contribute to society, they do not earn that privilege. So two drunk 18-year-olds in Vegas or Atlantic City who just met two hours ago have the privilege of getting married, while two adults, who happen to be of the same sex, who have been together for years, are deeply committed to each other, do not? Guess what? There are millions of babies all over the world who need parents who want them. In the meantime you have straight couples popping out babies who are a detriment to society, and in fact, if woman lose birth control coverage altogether, there will be a lot more unwanted children in this world.
Keep in mind here, that it is ALL MEN trying to make decisions about WOMEN’S BODIES. What the hell? Sean Hannity put together a panel to discuss the issue. Men of different races, religions, beliefs, etc, but not one single person in possession of a vagina or a uterus. Are you fucking kidding me? Jon Stewart’s all over it (Side note: Can we just nominate Jon Stewart for president? I feel like he may be one of few men that I trust to make any contribution regarding decisions about my babymaker.). He has more to say on the subject, all of which makes me love him even more. Seriously, I don’t know how he got through this show without spitting nails. They’re comparing Obama to Hitler now? Eradicating a religion? HOW? Because he feels all women should be entitled to equal reproductive control regardless of their employers religious beliefs? That’s the opposite of a war on religion.
You don’t see any women trying to pass rules about vasectomies, do you? And all erectile dysfunction meds are covered by insurance. So once again, men are above the law and dictating to women what to do with their bodies. They can run around all willy-nilly (again, pun intended), and women are left to fend for themselves.
Men are pathetically uneducated on what exactly women go through. You can be as supportive as you want, but until you’re going through four different pills until you get the right dosage of hormones for you, until you’re being fitted for a diaphragm or cervical cap, until you have an IUD inserted, until you’re dropping cash on pads and tampons, until you’ve had a child, or made the heartwrenching decision to have an abortion, you will never have any idea what it takes. So, here’s my solution, let’s give each and every one of them the whole kit and caboodle. Uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, vagina, all of it, and let them live like that for one year. All of them, Santorum, Price, Gingrich, hell, even Obama. Let them report back at the end of that year with their experiences, and then get together with some female politicians and lawmakers and make informed decisions.