Contraceptives, religion and politics, Oh My!
For those of you who are regular YOTD blog readers, this will be a little different than one of my usual posts. Perhaps a little more serious, a tad controversial and it’s actually a posting mainly in response to an article I read on the Washington Times website. At first, I thought it was ludicrous that a journalist would present such an obviously biased account of what is apparently going on in the U.S. Thank goodness, I then noticed it was posted as an opinion piece. Fewf! I’ll be looking at some of the points she’s made, so you may want to skim the article before reading on here. GIROUX: Killer compromise – Washington Times. The author of the article states that she is a nurse and while I don’t agree with the way in which she has presented her information, it is her opinion and everyone is entitled to that. Now, here’s mine.(By the way, I’m totally aware of the irony of posting this on what is Family Day here in Ontario.)
She starts her article with an attack on the Obama administration and how it is trying to hurt women on several levels.
“Just days after the inauguration, Mr. Obama began an aggressive assault on morality, liberty and women’s health. Foreshadowing the president’s drastic left-wing agenda was the nomination of America’s top abortion governor, Kathleen Sebelius, as secretary of health and human services. She has delivered far beyond the hopes and dreams of the radical feminist movement and Planned Parenthood.”
While I am not a radical feminist, I do believe in planned parenthood. Fourteen year-olds should NOT be having babies. They are not prepared to have babies financially or emotionally. I’m not saying a forced abortion program should be put into effect, but a teen coming from a family that is below the poverty line often cannot afford to keep a child, let alone raise a healthy one. There’s also adoption. As for morality…what morality has Obama ‘assaulted’ here? I assume she is talking about the religious morality she, herself holds. Liberty? Again, I can only assume she believes in a religious fanatic’s ‘liberty’ to scare teens into thinking they are going to hell for making a decision that was their only healthy option. Statements like this should be prefaced with ‘in my opinion’ or the like, and not presented as factual. If that were the case, then actually, maybe I agree with the radical feminists. They propose a CHOICE about what happens to women’s bodies. Also, if Sebelius was truly “delivering beyond the hopes and dreams of the radical feminist movement“, as Giroux believes, she would have found a way to take over Obama’s presidency and ousted all the male members of the U.S. government.Well…maybe she is still working on that one.
I once watched an airing of a political roundtable show with Bill Maher, but Ashton Kutcher was on. They were discussing Proposition 8, which had religious and non-religious guests all caught up. Kutcher was the only one who stepped back and redirected the argument to the true issue. He said, and I am paraphrasing here, “I don’t care what your spiritual beliefs are, it should not interfere with our government” I absolutely agree. We get so caught up in whether it has a place in the government that we are not looking deeper into the issues themselves.
Well, here’s my statement, “RELIGION HAS NO PLACE IN THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM.” If you started to allow religion into the health care system, you should not be able to discriminate against any religion in particular. What about religions that don’t believe in accepting medical treatment? If my husband was dying and could only be saved by medical intervention, you’re damn skippy I’d be signing on the dotted line ASAP. Anyone ever think that the way ‘God will take care of us’ is by creating the practice of medicine in the first place? I’m sure I’m not the first.
It is just so unfortunate that what Giroux had to say next had already been overshadowed by these Obama bashing statements.
- Since 1975, there has been a 400 percent increase in breast cancer among pre-menopausal women. This mirrors the increased use of birth control over these same years.
- A Mayo Clinic study confirms that any girl or woman who is on hormonal birth control for four years prior to her first full-term pregnancy increases her breast cancer risk by 52 percent.
- Women who use hormonal birth control for more than five years are four times more likely to develop cervical cancer.
- The International Agency for Research on Cancer, an arm of the World Health Organization, classifies all forms of hormonal contraception as Group 1 carcinogens. This group of cancer-causing agents also includes cigarettes and asbestos. How is it that the Food and Drug Administration can require cigarette manufacturers to place warning labels and photos of corpses on cigarette packages to warn consumers of the health dangers while they take the equally harmful substance of hormonal birth control and force companies to give it away free to women of all ages?
On these issues, I agree with the nurse. People are not fully presented with what hormone based contraception can do to a woman’s body. I know they reeked complete havoc on mine. I’m still suffering from the effects. We also haven’t even delved into the catastrophic environmental effects! But these are facts mixed in with a biased commentary. Yes, I know some women need to take the pill for conditions like PCOS, but that is a much smaller percent of the population than are already taking it.
Statements like, “The Obama administration wants to give all women access to these carcinogens free of charge. Will cancer treatments soon be called “preventive,” too? Who will pay for them? Breast cancer is not discriminatory. It attacks women of all faiths, race and age.” are harmful and ridiculous. As if Obama would ever knowingly pass out carcinogens to the people of his country. If you want to be a true proponent of women’s health, don’t get caught up in slanderous statements. I’ve looked past all these slights and slander to see the message of the dangers of contraception for women. Something needs to be done about it, certainly. Women are dying by the hands of things that are supposed to help them and the doctors dispensing them are not telling them the whole truth. Maybe they, themselves aren’t even aware of it. Instead of focusing on imagined, malicious intent of world leaders, let’s focus on educating the masses. BE THE CHANGE and go tell a loved one you know is on the pill about these statistics and facts. I’ve told all of you and I hope it makes a difference.
What are your thoughts on the proposition to dispense contraceptives to women free of charge? (I know I won’t have to ask for opinions on the religion in health care issue. 🙂 )
- What Got Lost in the Debate About Birth Control (ideas.time.com)
- Robert Creamer: Why the War on Birth Control Is a Political Disaster for the GOP (huffingtonpost.com)
- It’s Mainly Medical, Not Moral (elenedom.wordpress.com)
Posted on February 20, 2012, in Information, Opinion and tagged birth control, health, Hormonal contraception, hormone, jennifer walker, politics, religion, Toxin, year of the detox. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.