The hue and cry from the feminist corner during the debate over the Obamacare contraception mandate has painted religious conservatives as backwards, uneducated rubes who are out to prevent women from receiving quality health care. Never mind that the debate is not and never has been over women’s health care. The debate is squarely centered over who is obligated to pay for health care and what constitutes said health care. According to feminists and other pro-taxpayer-funded “health” activists, hormonal contraceptives absolutely fall under the “health care” heading, so anyone opposed to state-funded birth control is simply out to get women and deny them their right to good health.
This is patent nonsense, as two excellent articles this week aptly illustrate:
Contraception Isn’t Healthcare; It Isn’t Even Helpful ~ Although the exception rather than the rule, those demanding free oral birth control quickly and often point out those women who need birth control to treat their medical conditions. They become downright indignant and sanctimonious about those poor women, those poor women in pain, who will suffer if the government doesn’t force religious organizations to provide free birth control for everyone….
I will state the obvious: Contraception is about contraception, not my medical affliction. We’ve established that contraception is insufficient in addressing medical problems anyway and rather causes more medical problems, but even if it the pill did appropriately treat my medical condition, most women want contraception for contraception…. This battle that these so-called feminists are waging supposedly on my behalf is exploiting my disease so they can have free birth control. These are healthy women who want a pill to make their bodies unhealthy (and infertile) at their whim. Meanwhile, women like me with legitimate health problems who want to protect our fertility are left without acceptable options. This “poor woman” found and paid for her own treatments in spite of those who feign to care about her and are using her for selfish gain. I took care of myself. Since getting birth control is infinitely easier than what I endured, is it too much to expect these women to take care of themselves as well?
Abortion pill safety concerns ignored and Australian woman dies ~ Australia has had its first death of a woman using the abortion pill to terminate her pregnancy at home. The Australian confirms that the woman died of sepsis “some days after” having the medical abortion at one of Marie Stopes International Australia’s (MSIA) 14 Australian clinics back in 2010…. Are we putting women’s health at risk here? It causes me concern that in the area of abortion and contraception normal medical rules seem to fly out the window. Laws and guidelines are openly flouted or fudged over, almost in a pro-abortion and ‘right to choice’ fervor…. It does make you wonder whether if we had a drug which had seriously injured people in another area of medicine we would continue to use it. Especially because this is a situation where, in reality, there is not even a medical problem with the mother but simply a natural state of being.
If so-called “women’s rights activists” really care about women, why do they continue to push a chemical/ hormonal cocktail with known medical risks (including, but not limited to stroke, loss of natural libido, and early abortion)? Why do they celebrate a pill that can terminate a child but also has the possibility of killing the mother in the process? It really begs the question: Who is pro-woman? Is it the pill-pushers (who want taxpayers to fund their habits) or those out there seeking real solutions to genuine women’s health issues without resorting to deadly means (funded through our tax dollars)?