In a move of shocking stupidity, I inserted myself into a comment thread on Facebook that quickly dissolved into discussing the validity of contraception as health.
There’s no one to blame but myself, but I mean, COME ON. When faced with comments like:
”contraception is not a health issue. Contraception is something to prevent pregnancy when people are in search of personal pleasure”
I was COMPLETELY UNABLE to control my blood pressure and you think I’d have learned nothing from my years of being taunted by my brother into every stupid argument possible (most notably: the Christmas eve argument about whether or not my opinion that I did not want to live in New York City was valid. His position: Invalid Opinion. My position: OMG ARE YOU KIDDING ME WHAT THE HELL [repeat at the dinner table for three hours])
Anyway. I was feeling really beat down by the comments on this thread because a) you can’t win this argument, and b) I like the friend whose wall this was on, and I didn’t want her to think I was going all crazy on her friends.
And then she posted this, and I wanted to stand up and cheer. Shanti, my dear, you are fantastic. Thank you.
From her post:
2000 – EEC ruled that all employers with more than 15 employees must provide contraception coverage if they provide other preventative care…. John Roberts says he will defend the rule.
- Iowa’s GOP majority legislature requires contraceptive coverage with no religious exceptions
- Arizona passes a bill with similar requirements but does exempt religious institutions. Sponsored by a Republican, signed by a Catholic Republican female Governor.
2001 – Republican George Pataki signs a similar mandate for New York.
2005 – Republican Mike Huckabee signs a bill that exempts religious institutions that, like the current bill does not exclude colleges and hospitals. The bill not only got bi-partisan support but was sponsored by two GOP law makers.
2006 – Republican Mitt Romney affirms a state law that requires contraception be provided.
In other words – this is an assault on religious liberty because the Obama Administration proposed it, not because they’re codifying a law already in place in the vast majority of states – laws written, voted for and signed by Republicans, with no cries of outrage.”