Friday, 10 February 2012

War on Women: Next Phase

Our Canadian -- and non-Merkin, for that matter -- readers may not be aware of the latest misogynist insanity roiling in the Excited States.

Having crapped all over abortion rights, the Thugs are taking the next logical step. They are going after birth control.
Last year was not a great one for abortion rights. First, congressional Republicans attempted to deny statutory rape victims access to Medicaid-funded abortions (twice). Then GOP-dominated state legislatures pushed record numbers of laws limiting abortion rights, including proposals that could have treated killing abortion providers as "justifiable homicide."

Yet in the past six months, social conservatives have widened their offensive, and their new target is clear: Not satisfied with making it harder to obtain legal abortions, they want to limit access to birth control, too.

"Contraception is under attack in a way it really wasn't in the past few years," says Judy Waxman, the vice president for health and reproductive rights at the National Women's Law Center. "In 2004, we could not find any group—the National Right to Life Committee, the Bush campaign, anyone—that would go on the record to say they're opposed to birth control," adds Elizabeth Shipp, the political director for NARAL Pro-Choice America. "We couldn't find them in 2006 either, and in 2008 it was just fringe groups. In 2010, 2011, and this year, it's just exploded."

The current issue is whether employers, including Catlick universities and hospitals, must include prescription birth control in employees' health insurance without a co-pay. It's a matter of religious freedom, you see, despite the fact that 99% of Merkin women -- and 98% of Merkin Catlick women use contraception.

Amanda Marcotte nails it:

Make no mistake, Canadians, if we give the misogynists a centimetre on abortion rights, this is the metre they'll claim next.

UPDATE: Obama did not cave to foot-stamping bishops and misogynist thugs. White House officials are not calling this a compromise, but rather an 'accommodation'.
Under this plan, every insurance company will be obligated to provide contraceptive coverage. Administration officials stated that a woman's insurance company "will be required to reach out directly and offer her contraceptive care free of charge. The religious institutions will not have to pay for it."

Immediate reaction on Twitter: relief, disappointment that treating contraception separately is stigmatizing, and in this tweep's view well-played by Obama.
Basically, Obama got the GOP to come out hard against birth control, then yanked the rug out from under them.

As commenter k'in says: PUNKED!

By the way, the average Merkin woman will save about $600 a year under this plan.


Anonymous said...

The usual suspects are shrieking & spinning. Seems that the high-profile Catholic spokesthingy types that supported 'Obama-Care' *thought* they had a wink-wink, nudge, nudge don't worry folks the healthcare bill won't require that contraception must be covered. So now that they'd been punked, their heads are in Linda Blair exorcist mode.


deBeauxOs said...

Butbutbut shrieeekkk ...only breeding sex should be allowed!!!

Beijing York said...

LOL dBO. These fetus fetishists should band together under one national umbrella group, the American Human Breeders Association.

the regina mom said...

Oh, too funny! Rabid kill the pill campaign went over well in the White House, eh? Bahahahaaaaa!

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