The forced birth crowd is once again trying to strip your rights from you. It’s time for you to take a minute and stand in opposition.
At stake is a new regulation mandating no-copay birth control options by health insurance companies. Those who want to force us to give birth are already rallying their supporters with claims we’re “irresponsible” and “violating God’s law” if we choose to exercise our reproductive rights.
the new mandate forces health insurers to pay for the immoral use of drugs, therefore violating God’s law…It even forces those insurers who may abhor contraception to participate.
… it forces medical insurance to provide for non-medical needs. Pregnancy is not a disease, and the use of contraception to prevent it is purely elective….it forces health insurance to subsidize inherently risky behavior. The link between contraception and promiscuity is simple and clear, as is the link between promiscuity and a wide variety of diseases.
Encouraging women not to bear children runs completely contrary to our social interests. Wherever this attitude has taken hold, it has produced a demographic winter which seriously jeopardizes not only the comfort but the stability and even prolonged existence of the social order….Truly, we reap what we sow, and when we sow nothing, there is nothing to reap….it is socially suicidal. It may, I suppose, hasten the day when our sick culture implodes, to be replaced with a culture less darkened by its own blinders.
You’ll notice the forced birth crowd have no objections to the insurance companies offering Viagra as a “non-medical” need. And they do. They have right from the day it hit the market. One doctor defended this discrepancy with “but it is a quality of life issue.” But being forced to give birth to children you don’t want or can’t afford is not apparently.
Back in 1729, when Jonathan Swift made A Modest Proposal of boiling and eating small Irish children, it was in response to public whining about mothers having babies and refusing to have babies. Take your choice. Either one is wrong. The moralists of his day were of the same ilk.:
For Preventing The Children of Poor People in Ireland From Being A Burden to Their Parents or Country, and For Making Them Beneficial to The Public
It is a melancholy object to those who walk through this great town or travel in the country, when they see the streets, the roads, and cabin doors, crowded with beggars of the female sex, followed by three, four, or six children, all in rags and importuning every passenger for an alms. These mothers, instead of being able to work for their honest livelihood, are forced to employ all their time in strolling to beg sustenance for their helpless infants…
There is likewise another great advantage in my scheme, that it will prevent those voluntary abortions, and that horrid practice of women murdering their bastard children, alas! too frequent among us! sacrificing the poor innocent babes I doubt more to avoid the expense than the shame, which would move tears and pity in the most savage and inhuman breast.
Notice the same arguments were made then: women murdering babies via abortions or birth control. That’s how long this “sick culture” has been “imploding” against women. Maybe it is time for this “sick culture…to be replaced with a culture less darkened by its own blinders.”
That will take time. However, right now, we need to take a minute to visit the Women’s Media Center and sign a thank you letter for the courageous individuals who’ve taken on the misogynist forced birth crowd who’ve been blocking the sensible plan of telling insurance companies they must offer birth control as a health care option. It’s about time that women were counted in the “human” part of Health and Human Services.
This letter, from Julie Burton, president of the Women’s Media Center, explains it well. Note the same only “irresponsible” women want to use birth control theme in the media and politics:
Yesterday the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealed its landmark decision requiring health insurers to cover the full cost of contraception, with no co-pay, beginning in August 2012.
The Women’s Media Center applauds the HHS’s ruling, which places a much-needed importance on women’s health that is too-often not a priority in health care policy. Birth control is a critical part of preventive care, and studies support the idea that making contraception available to all women, regardless of their insurance or ability to pay for it, will significantly reduce long-term health care costs associated with unplanned pregnancies.
For the next sixty days, the HHS is accepting comments from the public regarding this ruling. We urge you to raise your voice and send a note to the HHS in support of birth control with no co-pays for all women.
The HHS’s decision moves women’s health care forward, despite a media environment where sexist rhetoric often tries to imply that responsible women who seek birth control are participating in irresponsible behavior. Just last week, Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly said, “Many women who get pregnant are blasted out of their minds when they have sex and are not going to take their birth control anyway” in a segment about this policy. (In an eerily similar tone, New Hampshire lawmaker Raymond Wieczorek said “If you want to have a party, have a party but don’t ask me to pay for it” when New Hampshire recently defunded Planned Parenthood, barring thousands of women from access to birth control and other women’s preventive care.) This attitude about women is dangerous.
The Women’s Media Center is proud that the HHS has made a ruling that represents reality. Women need access to birth control because it is a basic part of preventive care.
Please sign a note thanking the HHS and supporting its landmark decision today.
Burton welcomes others posting her letter wherever women can see it and respond. The more signers we have, the more likely this mandate will stand.