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Reproductive rights, and the real reason that the far right hates birth control [Jul. 6th, 2015|12:34 pm]
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Colorado has engaged in a 5-year initiative to provide free birth control to teens. As a result of this initiative, the teen birth rate has dropped by 40%. The program is an unqualified success.

So what has Colorado's GOP-dominated legislature decided to do about it? Drop the program, of course.

The reasoning given is beyond ridiculous: if we give them birth control, we're encouraging them to have sex. Nevermind that the birth rate prior to giving them birth control proved that they were, in fact, already having sex. Such factoids don't interest these people.

Because they're omitting the rest of their thought: These young women are having sex, and they aren't being punished for it. How can they control the behavior of these women if they can make their own decisions about their bodies and not suffer?

And they want them to suffer. Oh, yes, there is great lip service paid to the sanctity of human life, and there are people in the anti-choice camp who truly care about what happens to those unwanted children. But I've asked more than a few anti-choicers about the welfare of the children they would see born, and they've basically said, "That's not my problem; that woman had a baby, she has to live with the consequences." The continual attack on food stamps and other programs to help the less fortunate shows the same attitude: we only care about the fetus, and once it's born and burdens a woman, our job is done. We made sure that she didn't get away with having sex not endorsed by our religion. Now she and her brat can rot in a cellar, for all we care.

Colorado lawmakers would rather scrap a program with proven results than risk that women make their own decisions about their sex lives. They want those women to be forced into single motherhood, if they dare to have sex outside the confines of marriage. To them, the notion that women might be making their own decisions, and enjoying their sex lives, is a greater evil than children growing up disadvantaged and in poverty.

I don't think I'll ever understand why sexually independent women are such a threat to these people. But it happens, over and over. The House just overturned a D.C. law banning discrimination for reproductive choices. So an employer in D.C. can fire a woman for using birth control. All in the name of "religious freedom."

This is not religious freedom. Religious freedom is not forcing a person to use birth control. It's not allowing employers to poke into the private lives of their employees and dictate their life decisions. And since all birth control except over-the-counter methods like condoms are used by women, the law will have minimal impact on men, who can just pay cash and leave no paper trail for their reproductive decisions.

There is a war on women's reproductive freedom. Make no mistake about it. It's an ongoing battle to control women's bodies. And we have to fight back.
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[User Picture]From: angledge
2015-07-06 06:14 pm (UTC)
I agree with every point you've made. The Colorado legislature's decision to end the program was baffling, considering studies showed that every $1.00 spent on the program led to $5.85 saved by Medicaid.

Wasn't one of the major promises of Obamacare that there would be free contraception available?
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[User Picture]From: ckd
2015-07-06 08:48 pm (UTC)
Wasn't one of the major promises of Obamacare that there would be free contraception available?

Yup, and that's something the Anti-Sex League absolutely hates about it. (Not the only thing, of course.) See Hobby Lobby and related cases for their (somewhat successful, alas) attempts to gut that provision.
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[User Picture]From: wilhelmina_d
2015-07-06 10:30 pm (UTC)
Exactly. It's frightening. Add in corporations who benefit from having a large, lower-income population, and bam, you have a reason to stop birth control.
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[User Picture]From: scarfman
2015-07-07 12:12 am (UTC)
I wish I remembered where I first saw this for credit:

When you can say, "I won't do this because it's against my religion," that's freedom of religion.

When you can say, "You can't do this because it's against my religion," that's not freedom of religion.
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[User Picture]From: kauricat
2015-07-07 01:02 am (UTC)
I think the most insidious thing about it is that the people who want to eliminate birth control have convinced themselves that anything other than condoms is literally an abortion. It's the argument Hobby Lobby made, and it's the argument that I have heard many Christian acquaintances make. They won't admit that it's about punishing women for having sex, and I really believe that some of them don't know that's what it's about. They believe what their religious leaders and peers are telling them, which is that by voting for righteous legislators, they are protecting innocent babies from being murdered.

I don't know how to solve it. I've tried showing them the math that proves birth control pills (even by conservative estimates) result in fewer sheddings of fertilized eggs (so if preventing that loss of "life" is your goal, that's a good way to do it!), but they still insist IUDs, the Pill, etc are MURDER.

Bottom line, if the preacher says it's abortion, it doesn't matter what the research says.

It IS a war. Everyone who can vote against those who perpetuate this insanity, must. Because I don't see them changing their minds about "birth control equals murder."
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[User Picture]From: dr_phil_physics
2015-07-07 02:06 am (UTC)
This crap makes me crazy. It proves that the anti-abortion movement is a false flag operation, too. Taking away sex ed, birth control, easy access to women's services are all negative influences -- but these mean spirited zealots can't see this. Young people can figure out the basics on their own. The sex and birthrate in the Bible Belt does not go to zero. Yelling NO prevents nothing and ignorance is so damaging.

Dr. Phil
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From: anonymousalex
2015-07-07 06:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, this sort of thing has infuriated me for a long time. Scratch a "pro life" person, and you find the puritan1 underneath.

Another thing that never made sense to me: Who benefits from someone having to raise a "consequence"? "Hi, my name is Alex, and this is my consequence, she's four." How is this not child abuse?

Going off to fume in a corner, now.

-Alex

1“Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” ― H.L. Mencken
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