Women Star in the President's Political Theater: Who's Really Getting Played?
to do with my body!" But now she is demanding that same government, that same Church must relieve her of the cost and responsibility for her own personal choices and bear the burden themselves.
Is this really the future of young American women? Do they really not have the brains to figure out that if they don't have promiscuous, premarital sex, they don't need to worry about paying for contraceptives? As an added bonus, they also won't have to worry about STD's and unwanted pregnancy. Why is that simple concept so hard to grasp?
It's infuriating to me as a woman that this entire controversy is being played as a "war on women" and that this asinine contraceptive mandate is for the sake of "women's health." Artificial hormones bring with them serious risks for women and pose a real danger to women's health. Pumping a woman's -- worse, a young girl's still-growing body -- full of these artificial hormones should not be anyone's idea of the right way to take care of a woman's health.
Fertility is not a disease. How insulting to suggest that women require artificial hormones, contraceptive devices, and abortion in order to be happy, healthy, and prosperous.
The language of this mandate and the rhetoric being used to defend it is insidious. Preventing pregnancy is equated with women's health. Preventing children is equated with women's well-being. Pregnancy = unhealthy and expensive. No pregnancy = healthy and cost-saving. Children have become the enemy. Children are now threatening, ominous dollar signs that we must strategically avoid.
This is really a mandate against life. What begins with pills in order to prevent pregnancy and save money will eventually become mandated abortions to eliminate children, especially disabled, "imperfect", medically expensive ones. America is not immune to this progression. We're submitting to it right now, and modern, secular "feminists" are leading the way.
The "feminists" swear that this is all about protecting women and their choices, blah blah blah. Baloney. The irony is this mandate only further puts the responsibility of pregnancy and children totally on women, leaving men with nothing to do but use women for their sexual gratification and then walk away. Train the guys well to make sure their girlfriend is on the Pill so he can get what he wants, and then when the contraceptives fail, she can walk into Planned Parenthood where they've been waiting for her and she can get "her problem" taken care of. Teach those young boys now that girls are just vaginas with a pretty face.
Greater access to contraceptives does not prevent unplanned pregnancy. Just the opposite. If people think they can have worry-free, consequence-free sex, they have more sex more often with more partners. And since contraception fails, more pregnancies result.
Face it; Cecile Richards doesn't love this mandate because she wants to reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies. She doesn't want to put herself out of business. She loves this mandate because she knows that it will bring her more business. More promiscuous sexual activity means more STD's and more pregnancies. And those "unwanted" babies will need to be gotten rid of for the sake of the woman's future, so Cecile and company will be there holding the doors open to their abortion mills, happily counting their cash.
President Obama has created this contraception brouhaha for the express purpose of getting women in a tizzy before November. He plans to stoke the fire even further at Barnard College in New York, where he just made himself the commencement speaker.
"Word of Mr. Obama's appearance at Barnard, a 123-year-old women's college in New York City, comes as the White House and Democrats have seized on Republican attempts to block a requirement for contraception coverage in the new health care law, saying it amounts to a "war on women." Democrats believe the issue could be an effective rallying point with women voters in a presidential election year, and the decision to appear at the prestigious women's school could provide a high-profile forum for the president on that front."
He called and invited himself, displacing Jill Abramson from the NY Times, who was already scheduled to give the commencement speech.
Whatever else he talks about in his speech, it ought to be alarmingly clear that this President is not interested in freedom. Barack Obama doesn't want to be the leader of a free republic. He wants to be King. He wants to be the Sovereign. He doesn't govern or lead -- he simply issues mandates from on-high. So what if our Constitution guarantees the Freedom of Religion? He's been telling us for years now that it's really just the "Freedom of worship", and if it gets in the way of his dictatorial edicts, well, then to hell with it.
C'mon ladies, wake up and stop being used and played for political points. This contraception theater show is insulting and women deserve better.
Jennifer Hartline is a grateful Catholic, a proud Army wife and homeschooling mother of three children. She is a contributing writer for Catholic Online. She doesn't need any contraception, thank you. Visit her online at Wake Up, Deborah!
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
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