Walk with me down this path of rational thought, won’t you?
People who have sex for fun are having sex for recreation. That’s what doing something for fun is. I enjoy bowling, weaving, kayaking, and such. Some people enjoy sex. Whatever.
Recreational activities should not be covered for free under any health care plan.
“But I could get an STD having sex without condoms!”
Yes, and I could bust my toe open bowling. Insurance plans will pay for my busted toe care and your shot of penicillin. But insurance won’t – and shouldn’t – pay for steel-toed bowling shoes. Why? Because bowling is a recreational activity, and so is non-procreative sex.
Do you have a right to have sex? Sure! Why not? I have a right to bowl, eat spaghetti, drive a tractor, and thumb-wrestle with my coworkers during lunch. But no employer, taxpayer, or anybody other than me has the obligation to provide preventive “care” to make sure I can do those things without any repercussions which I may deem negative. This is why I have to buy my own bowling shoes, spaghetti bib, tractor…helmet?, and thumb-wrestling…cape. Yeah, cape.
It all seems so simple!
But what Sandra Fluke and others are screaming about is that women use birth control pills for things other than preventing pregnancy, such as regulating periods and correcting hormonal imbalances. Now, I know a little something about hormonal imbalances. I won’t go into detail, but I experienced hormonal imbalance so severely that I experienced “that time of the month” non-stop for 18 months. (Looky there, I just went into detail.) I became severely anemic and very sick. I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and adrenal fatigue, among other things.
I went to a few doctors. They all suggested birth control pills. I said no to all of them. My past experience with birth control pills led me to believe they were a temporary hormone Band-Aid that could correct my symptoms for a while but wouldn’t fix the underlying problems. One doctor even smilingly suggested uterine ablation – a procedure that would have left me infertile. At the time I was 28 and had told the doctor I wanted children. I realized I was going to have to do my own research, and I did. I spent months reading and talking to other women with my symptoms and eventually found that proper nutrition was the key to my problems. Four years later, I am 60 pounds lighter and much healthier.
I also finally found a pro-life doctor, the only one I know of in my city – Dr. Joseph Behan in Dallas – who said he had never prescribed birth control pills and never would. He is also an infertility specialist and has helped lots of women regulate their cycles and get pregnant using natural methods. He has been a godsend for me.
It is my firm opinion, based on personal experience, years of research, and countless conversations with women, that oral contraceptives and IUDs are not helpful to women – they are harmful. No, I am not a health care professional, but I am the one who ended up helping me – not the several doctors I desperately visited. Sometimes amateurs have it figured out in a way that professionals don’t. Or, as the saying goes: amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic.
I’m afraid birth control pills have become a fall-back position for lazy doctors. Don’t wanna get knocked up? Don’t ask yourself questions about whether you should be having sex with the person; just take a pill. Bleeding uncontrollably? Take a pill. Cramping so badly you want to die? Irregular as all get-out? Missed your period for three months, but you’re not pregnant? Pill, pill, pill!
This argument that women need birth control pills to be healthy irks me. First, it is false. Second, it is a dishonest ploy to keep getting other people to pay for their fun sexy sex lives. Third, it is another attempt at social engineering: forcing other people to subsidize your behavior no matter their moral objections to it.
That’s why I thought Arizona’s proposed bill was a good idea. It said, basically: fine, if you need birth control for health reasons, we’ll pay for it. So prove you need it for health reasons. What is the big screaming deal?
Let the towering intellects at Jezebel tell you!
[I]t’s a little hypocritical for a political party that purports to be all about freeing the citizenry from the tyranny of government [to] actively work to subject the citizenry to the whims of their employers. And asking women to show their prescriptions to their bosses so their boss’s feelings aren’t hurt is a little much, even for conservatives.
Let me explain this to you people again in very small words, very slowly:
You. Don’t. Get. To. Have. It. Both. Ways.
If you want other people to pay for your crap, you thereby invite people into your crap. What about that is so hard to get?
You’re not asking them to pay for your heart pills. You’re asking them to pay for your birth control. So if you’re gonna claim it’s for your lady plumbing health and not consequences-free shagging, prove it. I think that’s a perfectly sound idea.
Republicans have been accused of waging a “war on women,” and they’re backing off hard by assuring everyone that contraception is safe, don’t worry; we’re not gonna touch your pills, ladies. And I believe them.
Unfortunately, down the road, I’m afraid all of us as pro-lifers – and that includes Protestants, atheists, and everybody else – are going to have to take a good hard look at oral contraceptives and their abortifacient effects. If we truly believe that life begins at conception, a birth control pill is a little Russian roulette ball that could land on death anytime. I know that’s a difficult fact to face, and we don’t want to look like scary extremists, but the truth is the truth, and if we don’t own up to it, we are doing ourselves, this movement, and the unborn a great disservice.