Are we done yet with the whole “War on Women” charade? Christian hospitals and universities fired the first salvo when they filed suit against the Obama Administration for requiring them to provide contraceptive choices those institutions deemed counter to their religious mission. Rush Limbaugh joined with his (vitriolic) attack on Sandra Fluke. Then, it was Rick Perry denying Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood, which lead the feds to cut off all Medicaid-based funds for family planning in Texas. Throw in a dash of Rick Santorum not favoring contraception at all and we’ve got ourselves a good ‘ol fashioned Woman Hatin’ Club—or so we’re told.
To put more simply, if you are against abortion, think contraception has negative side effects(see note at end), and/or do not think the government should force private businesses/institutions to do anything against their stated values, you are a soldier in the War on Women. Major Misogynist, reporting for duty!
How ridiculous! I could easily turn this argument on its head. If you are for each of these things, you support a War on the Unborn, a War on Sexual Morality, War on Religion, and a War on Freedom from Government Intrusion. Just because conservatives are against abortion or government subsidized contraception does not mean they are against women. It means they are against those respective policies. Can we legitimately argue that being against Social Security is an attack on the elderly, being against student loan forgiveness is an attack on the young, or being against auto bailouts is an attack on motor vehicles? No. There are policies, and there are individuals. The Democrats want you to focus on the individuals, not the policy, or the moral, governmental, or economic implications of said policies. If it is good for women, as determined by the Left, then we must support it or be at war against its benefactors.
The so-called War on Women is not a fight to knock women back to the Stone Age where men carry clubs and drag women around by their hair. The “battle”—and I use the term loosely because Americans are dying in real battles and wars—is a fight over the proper role of government. Should government be involved in a woman’s reproductive health? Should government interfere on behalf of the unborn? Should government force private entities to provide a service it finds objectionable? Should government provide a service that is available in the private sector? Is contraception a right, privilege, or responsibility?
I do realize this country has some inroads to make regarding women, such as equal pay for equal work, but the whole idea of the War on Women is not to ensure women have the necessary liberty to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. Its purpose is to divide via empty axiom without actually debating the foundational issue of the role of government.
(Yes, I understand birth control is used for things other than preventing pregnancy. I am simply articulating the position of many on the Religious Right regarding the ability of birth control to limit the chances of pregnancy, thus encouraging sexual promiscuity.)
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