Congressional Birth Control Hearing Involves Exactly Zero People Who Have a Uterus.
Disclaimer: There are a couple of dirty words in the linked article. If you are sensitive to that sort of thing, don’t read it. Also, the author of the linked article makes a few gross generalizations about Christians. Just FYI.
Not that this development is particularly surprising, but it seems like after 50 years of debating the safety, effectiveness, and availability of birth control, women would finally be allowed in on the conversation. If the roles were reversed and women were debating the virtues and accessibility of vasectomy or erectile dysfunction treatment, you better believe men in Congress would say, “Um…excuse me! Why are a bunch of women talking about what should happen to our penises?!”
I find this whole debate frustrating. If a church doesn’t want to pay for their employees’ birth control, whatever, but how anyone else’s access to birth control at all affects religious freedom is beyond me! I am a proud Christian. I might even call myself religious. I have used birth control in the past. I don’t honestly think that is my “religious leader’s” business. I belong to a church that doesn’t attempt to butt into my reproductive life, and I’m proud of that fact too.
Essentially what people who are so adamantly against birth control fail to realize is that if you’re going to attempt to make abortion illegal, birth control harder to get and more expensive, welfare more difficult to obtain and keep, and continue to cut state budgets for subsidized healthcare programs for children, this country will have even more unwanted, unloved, sick, malnourished, and damaged children than we already do. I’m sorry to tell members of Congress, but people are not going to stop having sex. Sex makes babies, and babies don’t feed, clothe, and care for themselves.
“Oh, but there are so many people who can’t have babies that would LOVE these babies so much!” That’s true, but have you heard how much a domestic adoption costs these days?! It’s absolutely insane! It is literally cheaper to fly across oceans to retrieve the unwanted from other countries and bring them back than it is to adopt domestically in most cases. Plus, the incidence of minority children being adopted is so low that many stay in the foster system for their entire childhood and adolescence. And of course, with a shortage of foster parents, how well does that work out for many of the kids? So, knowing these things, many low-income families keep kids they “can’t afford” rather than see them turned over to the state. So, wouldn’t it be easier for all involved if birth control were more accessible and less expensive?
The bottom-line for me is that, as a Christian, I resent the fact that these men are assumed to speak for me. They do NOT speak for me. If a little pill, shot, implant, IUD, or ring is all that stands between a woman finishing college or her dropping out because she can’t afford to go and support her baby, or between a woman having piece of mind or having to make a gut-wrenching decision about abortion, or between no baby and one that is viewed as a burden to its family then I think the debate should be moot. These men do not speak for “Christians”. They may speak for LOUD Christians or the “Christian Right” (whatever that is), but they do not speak for me.