Birth Control and the Right
Friday, July 25, 2008
But it doesn't stop here, oh no! If it was just the current administration, we could just hope this amendment to law is postponed until after the elections. But it seems that John McCain is also in on this little diatribe. It all started last week when Carly Fiorina, McCain's advisor, brought up the rather valid point that many insurance companies will cover Viagra, but refuse to cover prescribed birth control pills .
Later in the week, John McCain was questioned about this, and the fact that in 2003 he voted down legislation that would have corrected this oversight. After stumbling over the question for a bit, he finally ducked the issue in hopes that it would just go away.
But, and here's where it get's really tangled, it didn't go away. Bill O'Reilly then had a response to this issue of his own: OK, listen up. Viagra is used to help a medical condition. That's why it's covered. Birth control is not a medical condition. It is a choice. Why should I or anybody else have to pay for other people's choices? Do I have to buy you dinner before you use the birth control?
Well, apparently Mr. O'Reilly hasn't heard that 'the pill' is often prescribed for medical reasons, as well.
Things like menstrual problems, irregular periods, migraines, and even ovarian cancer prevention. While Viagra, on the other hand, only allows for males to have sex. This whole proceeding screams of an unfair bias. Women are being forced to have no protection and no way to stop getting pregnant. Yet men are being given the chance to have sex up until the day they die. Does this seem right to anyone?
It sure doesn't to me. Perhaps the powers that be would prefer all women to just keep their legs spread and their mouths shut? To just return to a time when women were seen as nothing more than baby machines and MEN made all the decisions. For if these monsters get their way, we may not be far off from such a time.
I am personally aghast and angered that people are trying to get away with this. If this is the kind of politics John McCain and the rest of the right are trying to play, I for one refuse to vote for him.
I'm a firm believer that a woman's body is hers and hers alone, and as a male, I have no business telling her what she can or can't do to it. I'd kindly remind the right to keep that in mind when they try to pass laws or vote. &
Honestly, those behind this whole mess are all men, so what right do they have to do this at all?
- Citizen Voices blogger Steven Garrett is a professional food blogger who lives in South San Diego.
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