Over the years, I’ve noticed the occasional argument about birth control and contraceptives in general arguing against usage statistics.
Over the past few weeks, there has been what seems to be a War on Women: both in state legislatures, and on the national field. Then, when it comes to any kind of social media, there’s comments defending women’s reproductive right as well as commenting against it. Whether it’s abortion and some weird misconceived twist on Thomas Jefferson’s view on abortion, Rush Limbaugh’s attack on Sandra Fluke (and really, Rush Limbaugh in general), the contraceptive coverage fiasco, or just..
Now, I’m in support of women’s rights on all fronts. I just don’t understand why they’re being attacked. Is it because some, or rather many, men are so threatened with sexual freedom on some level they must attack it? Is the very idea a woman just might enjoy sex, be gay, or strong in any way WITHOUT depending on men for it?
This has been inspired by Conservative blogger Tom Quiner’s post: Obama’s War on Jefferson.
I’ve been hearing and reading recently about Republican rhetoric that is depicting Thomas Jefferson as against abortion, or using his name to argue against it, along with the argument it’s granted by God. Why? His statement in the United States Declaration of Independence:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
(Emphases are mine.)
Now, let’s first visit the reason this doesn’t hold much water by visiting our Founding Father’s religious beliefs, as it seems often misunderstood or otherwise ignored (if mentioned at all). I think we should touch on these, and clarify them.
Last week, Georgetown University student Sandra Fluke had been attacked with slurs and degenerative language by Rush Limbaugh over his radio talk show. These insults and comments would go on for a significant amount of time, calling her and fellow students names such as “slut” and “whore”, because they have believed she has so much sex that she cannot afford birth control coverage. The question we must ask is where did all of this come from?
This started February 23rd, 2012, when she had given the testimony originally intended for the prior week’s hearing panel to discuss if contraception (namely, birth control medication) should be forcibly covered by insurance, for women who work for businesses that have religious affiliations (hospitals, universities, etc). That hearing had taken placed on February 16th, 2012, and Sandra Fluke was the only witness the Democrats in the committee called, as well as the only FEMALE witness called on all sides, to make an argument supporting birth control coverage.
She had made arguments, as well as a personal anecdote story, that would argue to keep the requirement in place. What followed was that Rush Limbaugh took the opportunity to attack her. As a result, several petitions went up to ask Rush’s advertisers to pull their support from his radio show as a sign of protest to the hateful messages he was spreading about Ms. Fluke and fellow students at Georgetown.
So, what happened? Rush seems to have TRIED to apologize, and Sandra didn’t take it. MSNBC’s Ed Schultz (The Ed Show) covered this pretty well.
Watch the clip here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45755822/vp/46634637#46634637