What’s the Deal with Birth Control?

Posted: March 8, 2012 in Multiculturalism/Social Justice, Politics

One of the biggest political topics at the moment is not the economy or resources or war. It is birth control. Over the course of the past several weeks, a number of “men” have been debating in Congress about whether birth control should be covered by health care coverage. The keyword is MEN. It is true that almost all issues regarding regulation have been decided by white men, but do these policymakers actually have the right to dictate what appropriate measures women can take to practice safe sex and birth control?

The arguments that currently exist against it are flimsy at best. There is a fear that coverage of birth control would mean that women would have their sexual exploits partially funded by health care coverage. Do our policymakers really think that women are going to take advantage of their access to birth control and all decide to turn to prostitution? The government  has been against Planned Parenthood for some time but have only limited its ability to function as a resource to women, couples and families regarding safe and mindful practices. What is the problem with an organization that seems to have a great support on the local level and is just misunderstood when taken at a national perspective?

One of the most significant debates is a religious one. Extremists want to ban birth control pills completely but religion is being used to support a general anti-contraceptive movement. Individual freedoms do not apparently factor into this debate, according to these religious republicans. Neither does the concept of the separation of church and state. A California lobbying group is actually trying to ban circumcisions, which is an infringement on Jewish and Muslim culture who believe this is a mandate of their religion.

While that last example is one involving men, the vast majority of the issues directly effect women and women are being left out of the conversation. If someone can explain to me how this is right, I would be more than happy to listen.

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