I know that I had stomach flu this week, but is that really enough to make me so high that grad students are being called sluts for wanting birth control?
Wasn’t the world worried about jobs? Aren’t people starving from Mississippi to Sudan? Didn’t a 17 y/o kid just get access to a gun and kill 3 other kids in the cafeteria of a typical high school in a sweet little Ohio town? What the holy hell is going on?
Disclaimer: I worked for and with Catholic health care organizations for more than 15 years. I’ve heard the muttered bitching from non-Catholic women staffers about the time and money it takes to get critical contraceptive needs taken care of. For some, an out-of-plan gynecologist and pharmacy were needed.
News That Everyone Already Knows: There’s bitching from Catholic women, too.
Catholic health employers generally respond that there’s always another job somewhere else, because God won’t allow them to offer the same options in women’s healthcare that are available elsewhere. The Jewish hospital probably makes Christians work on Christmas, so what you gonna do?
At the time, I was blessed (pun totally intended) to be enrolled on my husband’s health plan. I knew I was lucky, because there was no beating the system.
Gotta give it up for Sandra Fluke.
A 27 y/o law student at a Catholic college, she believes students (of all religions) should have the option for contraceptive coverage in the Georgetown health plan. She was denied the opportunity to testify before Congress, but spoke to media about what she would have told them: ”My testimony would have been about women who have been affected by their policy,” she said. (She later spoke before a hastily called unofficial hearing.
And now, a radio guy is telling the world that any woman who wants someone else to pay for her birth control is having sex on someone else’s dime. Comparable to a prostitute.
Rush is a media animal. He knows the word “slut” gets headlines no matter how he applies it, or to whom. (Google “Rush slut” and see.) The comment still hurt my head. And heart.
Two more questions:
- Were it not for contraception, is it not safe to assume that every cheating politician from JFK to Newt would have generated an unwanted pregnancy?(Excepting, perhaps, Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky…for obvious reasons.)
- What happens if Republican women decide that control over their Uterus trumps defeating Obama?
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