I haven’t post much lately and am still getting the hang of the blog thing, but I needed to say something about Sen. Issa’s hearing today titled “Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State. Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience?” Oddly this is about Birth Control.
The link between birth control and religion is a bit convoluted – no one in the hearing spelled it out directly – see the testimony here
So here is my understanding – this is a bit technical and maybe icky so be prepared. For many deeply religious christian people (Catholics and others) conception begins when sperm meets egg. The pill blocks a fertilized egg from being implanted in the uterine wall – thus would be to the deeply devout a kind of abortion. Also for some of the deeply religious sex can only be I’m searching for words here – proper? God ordained? Holy? not a sin? when it is within marriage and may ultimately lead to conception. Thus anything that is outside of that is sinful. That is probably a strange idea for many.
Then of course is the idea that if women get ahold of birth control there is no telling what they will do – they could become loose and wanton and have sex before marriage gasp! So therefore birth control should not be offered ever. Outlawed even.
The other argument that is tricky, that I admit that I do not know as much about, is Plan B. Is Plan B part of what would be offered by the President’s Plan? Would this mean that pharmacy’s at Catholic Hospital’s or on the college campus’s of Catholic school’s would have to offer plan B? I don’t think so, but I admit I don’t know.
So here are the asinine things being said by the mostly male cohort at this hearing. Only one woman was included, and she spoke about her concerns about Plan B being forced to be offered on the campus of catholic schools – I don’t know that information. She seemed to be the only rational person who spoke during this hearing. When Democracts asked for women to speak to the panel they were told by Rep. Issa –
Issa’s staff told Democrats that the chair had decided, “As the hearing is not about reproductive rights and contraception but instead about the Administration’s actions as they relate to freedom of religion and conscience, he believes that Ms. Fluke is not an appropriate witness.”
Not about women at all. Women don’t have anything worse saying about contraception. According to Foster Friess some idiot billion who dumps money into republican superpacs, “”Back in my days, they used Bayer Aspirin for contraceptives — the gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly.” http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2012/02/right-wing-uncovers-vast-contraception-conspiracy/48815/
Here is my proposal because I am too tired to rant and rave in a coherent manner. Obviously these men do not want women using contraceptives, so they must be in need of some help I therefore propose that anyone who is in there districts, vicinity, Washington D.C. etc. send them some condoms. Wait – if you see them pelt them with condoms. They obviously need them. In fact, they may not know how to you use them so you should also send them some bananas and some clearly illustrated diagrams so they get the pictures. They obviously don’t want to hear or know about women so that means they are taking care of things. We should help them. At one time women with fir got red pain dumped on them. I think these men (don’t forget Sen. Santorum and Mr. Friess) should get condoms dumped on them. All the time, any place, in their offices, at their homes, in their mail and especially at town halls and on the campaign trails. Ladies please when you see them shaking hands be sure to slip them a condom with a wink and a smile. It is only fair since they seem to want to take care of things themselves that we give them all the help they need. That’s just a suggestion.