Thursday, February 23, 2012

Obama's Free Birth Control A Red Herring


The recent flap about the Obama administration wanting to force the Catholic Church to provide free birth control to their employees is a bit of a...

yes... that's a herring... a red herring.

For those of you who don't know the significance of this image with regard to the Obama administration action, here's a little background.

This is a typical ploy of politicians when they find they are facing problematic issues and feel the need to avoid them.  In the case of the Obama administration, it is the President's push for mandating his version of better health care... even if it steps on the Constitutional rights of the Catholic Church [and everyone else].  The "red herring" is that this is being "fair" to the poor and, besides, it will be provided for free by insurance companies.

A few thoughts here:

  • If the Catholic Church is providing health insurance to its employees, the Church is paying for these "free contraceptives" even if the insurance companies are forced to show in their accounting that it is for free.  No insurance is "free."
  • The notion that free birth control is "only fair" is something being pull out of someone's a--.  Because they supposedly can't afford contraceptives?  Hardly.
  • Contraception is widely available and dirt cheap.  If you can buy that Coca Cola, you can buy several contraceptives.

If you got as far as fifth grade, you can do the math.  You can have a really cheap date for less than 40 cents.  If you can't afford that... you shouldn't be having kids.  

How about a little personal responsibility here?  From the CDC.
Unmarried Childbearing(Data are for the U.S.)
  • Number of live births to unmarried women: 1,693,658
  • Birth rate for unmarried women: 50.5 births per 1,000 unmarried women aged 15-44 years
  • Percent of all births to unmarried women: 41.0%
Source: Births: Final Data for 2009, table C Adobe PDF file [PDF - 1.3 MB] 
Well... that just raises the question about whether or not cheap or free contraceptives even are the issue.  Why are women having a dozen children out of wedlock with multiple partners?  Certainly not because they can't afford 40-cent contraception.

Perhaps it is the whole notion that contraceptives are even wanted that is the red herring.  This is a culture of irresponsibility abetted by the U.S. government... and not simply by providing abortions or contraceptive, but by taking away the consequences of irresponsibility... by providing all manner of support... in the name of "fairness."  We are moving to a culture where men are relegated to "sperm donors" and husbands are replaced by a rich uncle... Sam.

But then why is the President pushing this red herring?  Because he can then say he is "doing something" for the poor... that he really "cares".  Sure, he cares for their votes... but he doesn't want anyone to think this through the whole way.



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