It’s like some sort of nightmare – it’s 2012, the economy has been in the toilet for the better part of three years, and birth control has become of the hot button issue of the upcoming elections?! I cannot stand the Conservative Right for their diversionary tactics (among other reasons), but this one has gone way too far.
I am really not a political person. I barely even know what’s happening in the world politically – and if I know anything, it’s because I learned it from either Jon Stewart or Bill Maher (incidentally, I would very much like to go drinking with the two of them sometime). But, being a woman, I take a lot of womens’ issues pretty seriously. I am furiously pro-choice, to the point where I refuse to eat at In ‘n Out or shop at Forever 21 because they donate some of their profits to pro-life organizations. Seeing “John 3:16″ on Tim Tebow’s stupid face during Broncos games sent me into an inward rage. How dare anyone – especially a man – tell us what we can or cannot do with our bodies?!
As if it needs to be said….”pro-choice” doesn’t mean “pro-abortion.” It means you are for people making individual choices, for whatever their personal reasons. The government should not have a say in something so personal, especially in this country, where most of the opposition is steeped in religious arguments.
Besides the fact that I am a woman – and I think women everywhere should be as outraged about this as I am, whether or not they want birth control – there is a reason I take this so personally.
Just about a year ago, I had a stroke. I have an auto-immune disease (APLS) that causes blood clots. It’s atypical that my first problem was a stroke, because this thing usually affects women, and they only ever find out because it will cause chronic miscarriages. Women who are trying to get pregnant will miscarry over and over again, for seemingly no reason, until it is finally discovered that they have this disease. The blood clots somehow wreak havoc with the fetus, and it can’t survive. To manage the disease, I take blood thinners (Coumadin); to manage birth control, I am on a low-dose birth control pill (a higher dose would cause blood clots…you see the problem there). You absolutely cannot get pregnant while taking Coumadin – it causes every sort of birth defect possible. So, if I was not on birth control and got pregnant, I would have a defective baby with no real chance for survival in life. If I decided that having a baby was more important that being on blood thinners, I would probably die before making it to term, either from a stroke or a heart attack…or I would miscarry and it would all be for naught anyway.
I am a thirty-six year old woman in a long-term, committed relationship with someone whom I love. But, according to Santorum and his right-wing asshole friends (really, Foster Friess?? An aspirin between the knees?! What the fuck?), I should not have sex at all because it is immoral. Makes sense – Santorum is a crazy Catholic who home-schools his 7 kids and thinks that sex should be for procreation only. Again, it’s 2012!!! Where is this coming from? I am eagerly awaiting the day when some prostitute or sex worker comes forward and claims Santorum as her best customer – or similar. No one lives as straight laced as he is proposing people to be – not even priests. There HAS to be some sort of hypocrisy lurking behind all this.
We’ve come to expect this sort of ignorance from the Catholic Church (it’s ok, I was raised Catholic, I can say that). But from someone who’s trying to be the leader of (arguably) the greatest country in the world? Well, that’s just frightening.