There seems to be a lot of posturing going on centering around women’s reproductive rights this campaign season, which makes perfect sense, right? After all, unemployment is at 0%, all the wars are over and we’ve discovered how to fuel our cars with banana peels. What’s that you say? Those things didn’t happen? WHEN WHY THE CUSS ARE WE TALKIN ‘BOUT BIRTH CONTROL?!
Oh my begeezus. Ever the flip-flopper, Mitt Romney, the supposed level-headed, corporate raider business tycoon, can’t help but join the pile on with promises to balance the budget by de-funding Planned Parenthood. Cuz, you know, those bunches of baby killers are the major contributors to our national debt!! Everybody knows that, silly.
Here’s what he said:
“Is the program so critical that it is worth borrowing money from China to pay for it?” Romney asked. “And on that basis, of course you get rid of ObamaCare, that’s the easy one. But there are others: Planned Parenthood, we’re going to get rid of that. The subsidy for Amtrak, I would eliminate that. The National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, both excellent programs, but we can’t afford to borrow money to pay for these things.”
Offline, Romney was overheard saying that he’d also get rid of cute little fuzzy kittens and Care Bears.
In other news, a Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed Arizona Republican Debbie Lesko’s HB2625 by a vote of 6-2, which would allow an employer to request proof that a woman using insurance to buy birth control was being prescribed the birth control for reasons other than not wanting to get pregnant.
*big sigh reeking of morning breath*
I have some critical questions to ask about this, and I’m hoping you guys can help me out. What is to be GAINED by restricting the reproductive rights of women? The conversation has leaped from the ever-contentious abortion issue to birth control pills! Why the frickitty-frank is this even an issue? What is to be GAINED by restricting a WOMAN’S access to birth control pills? And if anyone comes in here and says that the government isn’t trying to do that, and women are free to purchase the “slut prostitute” pills on their own, everyone EVERYONE knows that’s cost prohibitive for most Americans.
But as “off” as this whole push is, these people are not stupid. There’s a bit of social re-engineering going on here. Here’s a counterintuitive thought: Could all this sex talk be a result of news that 40% of white children are born out-of-wedlock? The GOP didn’t give two figs about the 73% of black kids being born without a father, but THE WHITE CHEERRINS MUST BE SAVED!! How else to you explain the lawmaker who is trying to make single parenthood a form of child abuse and neglect?
Seems to me this is a patriarchical response to what some see as an impending crisis. Trust and believe, white powerful men DO NOT want to see 73% of their offspring born out of wedlock, and they are doing what is in their power to stave off the wave. The whole thing may seem wacky, but at least they care enough about maintaining in tact families to DO something, unlike us, who most just do the Kanye shrug about the whole OOW disaster in the black community. Did you know that when I did the foot work on No Wedding No Womb, just about EVERY person, black,white, or otherwise had NO IDEA the out-of-wedlock rates in the BC were as high as 73%? That’s because none of our so-called “black leadership” breaths a whiff about it except if they can find a way to completely blame the epidemic on black girls and women.