Rush Limbaugh, Republican Party and Birth Control = President Obama Re-election

If there is one issue sure to be a dividing point and decision point for many women and men is the old issue of contraception, when life begins, and the myriad issues swirling around birth control. In most homes across America with daughters and women in them, the recent idiotic remarks from Russ Limbaugh about the issue and about Sandra Fluke had seriously cut into the Republican chances of winning the White House. The Republican candidates appear overly right-wing, out of touch men who should have no business talking about women's issues, especially such personal issues of contraception and birth control. Both issues have long been resolved.

Calling Ms. Fluke a "slut" for using the pill to prevent pregnancy is such a slap to all women who use it. Russ went on to say that having the government pay for the pills for those who cannot afford it is creating prostitutes like Ms. Fluke, who is a law student. All the Republican candidates have positioned themselves away from the comments but only saying Limbaugh's choice of words is wrong, not the concept.

The whole issue of BC and abortion is simply a personal decision of the woman, depending on the age, of course! The issue is less clear if it is a teen because now you have parental rights and what the government is doing in sex education starting in 7th grade. Some parents think no sex education is the way and government should not mandate it. Well, is it better to learn it in a classroom setting or from peers who have incorrect info much of the time? Parents hate talking about this subject.

If the person is an adult, of course, what woman should not have the right to decide whether she uses the pill or has an abortion before a critical point is reached? Are you telling me that if Santorum's daughter got pregnant because she was not given the pill, the issue of abortion would not come up? I doubt it. You don't think that a lot of hot discussion would come up between the daughter and father about using the pill?

Look, even the most severe of the right wingers probably had unprotected sex as teens or young adults and they were just lucky a pregnancy did not happen. Maybe the guy used a condom. The pill is nothing more than a condom for women. Some choose to use it, others use other means. Why shouldn't the government provide them to those who cannot afford them? It is not promoting sex, it is preventing unwanted births.

Sex is going to happen. Get over it. It is human nature. People do it not only to create life. They do it out of curiosity, enjoyment. Teens will do it no matter how strict their upbringing is. It is better to be protected than not. The pill is connected to contraception for many. Many feel life begins the instant the sperm and egg multiply, others after several weeks have passed, others still think not until the last four months, and still others, not until birth.

Right wingers yell it is murder, depending on their beliefs, if a fetus is aborted. Left wingers, the most liberal, feel quite the opposite. Most of America is probably in the middle about it. Therefore, the Republicans have shot themselves in the foot with this hot topic issue. Their views are too extreme for many, Romney knows it. They will never win if this issue continues to light the fire and debate because in the end, it's a personal decision and choice of the woman because it will impact her life, not your's, not mine, not Obama's. not Romney's.

When November arrives, most women will recall this Limbaugh comment and how it is tied with the Republicans, then vote Democratic.


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mbwalz 4 years ago from Maine

If Rush wants to have unprotected sex, that's between him and his partner and his interpretation of Jesus' words. But he is playing God to assume he knows what Jesus thinks about any woman, married or not, using birth control. And publicly calling any woman a "slut" is defamation of character. The right-wingers are assuming too much by playing God.


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Blawger 4 years ago from California

I totally agree with you mbwalz. I find it ironic that republicans always say "the government is too big" and "the government infringes on our personal freedoms" yet they are doing just that with their stance on contraception. If the republicans continue to attack issues such as contraception and gay rights they will alienate a large percentage of the population and help guarantee a win for Obama.


HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

I totally agree with you, Perrya. I do not understand the birth control dispute. I know abortion is a hot button issue especially with the religious right but birth control should not be. Rush is simply a buffoon and a ratings whore. It is pure choice and helps a woman manage HER life. The GOP is throwing away the women's vote and thus the election. It makes no sense and it is an arrogant policy. Excellent Hub.


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perrya 4 years ago Author

I think we all are on the same page and even the Republicans wish Russ would shut up. While Romney and Santorum condemn the words he used, that is as far as they will go, which is saying they agree with him on principle.


ctbrown7 4 years ago

The point Rush was making has to do with the government providing contraception. It is not a Constitutional right to have contraception, and the notion that this is some sort of right is ridiculous. Heaven forbid people pay for their own birth control.


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perrya 4 years ago Author

You are right-it is not a constitutional right, but it is every woman's right. Yes, why shouldn't the government provide it to those who cannot pay for it?


ctbrown7 4 years ago

Why doesn't the government buy a new car for everyone that needs it? It is not the government's role to pay for someone's rampant sexuality. Last time I checked, Planned Parenthood gives out free birth control. I know that some believe it is an awful thought for any unmarried soul to go without sex if they can't afford birth control--none of us should ever go without anything we can't afford. It's an awful thought for so many that anyone should ever self-regulate their behavior, too.


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Blawger 4 years ago from California

This is a great discussion! Ctbrown7 and Perrya, as an attorney I can tell you that there absolutely is a constitutional right to purchase and use contraceptives. The constitutional right to purchase and use contraceptives is under the umbrella of the fundamental right to privacy. In the 1965 Griswold case, the Supreme Court held that married couples have the right to use contraceptives. Later, in the Eisenstadt case, the Supreme court expanded this right to include unmarried individuals. With these two cases the Supreme Court recognized the right to purchase and use contraceptives based on a right of individuals to make decisions concerning procreation. This means that any state or federal law which makes it difficult for a person to purchase or use contraception will be struck down as unconstitutional. For example, allowing employers to only choose employee health insurance plans that don't cover contraception would arguably make it difficult for some women to get birth control.


ctbrown7 4 years ago

By the way, who says it is every woman's right to have the government pay for their birth control? The fabric of our nation is effective based on the principles of self-reliance, and giving a law student $3,000 grand in free birth control so she can sleep around is beyond immoral. Of course, we live in a society now where we can't ever say anything is immoral.


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Aliswell 4 years ago from Iowa

It's not the case where you can't Say what is immoral, but in the case of Limbaughm, it is the way he said it. This guy who has somehow led the corporate advertisers down the path to the ovens, is the epitome of someone who claims to have all the answers, but fails to produce anything of substantial cold hard change.

Other than continually spewing the hate filled rants of someone who is making $50 mil per year salary doing a job that any 1st year DJ can do and is deathly afraid of losing it so he might have to get a Real Job,he just doesn't, or I should say SHOULDN't be taken seriously.


ctbrown7 4 years ago

If a first year DJ could do his job they would. He is the number one talk show host in the history of radio, which means he is the best at what he does. If he is making 50 million a year, I don't think he is worried about having to find a "real" job. I personally don't agree with the way he said everything, but I think that the whole issue of the government paying for people's contraception is ridiculous--they can refrain from having sex, or they can pay for there own contraception. That's life.


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perrya 4 years ago Author

Most health plans pay for contraception available thru employers, so if a person who is on AFDC or welfare wants it to prevent getting pregnant, why not?


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Aliswell 4 years ago from Iowa

Contraception in general is a pay forward benefit. As the human population spirals out of control, and will eventually equate to the planet being unable to support it,what possible problem would the elitist/conservatives, find wrong with the welfare or in their view, the "just not our types" find with making sure no more are born?


ctbrown7 4 years ago

A private company offering benefits to their employees is different than the government paying for things. It is not the government's job to pay for everything and even everything out. Is there a reason people can't go to Planned Parenthood for free birth control? There are programs in place already for people to get the birth control they need. Trying to categorize all conservatives as elitists is an ad hominem attack, and it isn't relevant to the discussion. There are conservatives in all walks of life just like the progressives in this country.


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Blawger 4 years ago from California

I only mentioned a private company offering benefits to their employees because this is an example of what many republicans actually believe should be allowed. In fact, Rick Santorum is the person who made this point on a radio interview. He said he firmly believed that an employer has the right to choose plans that don't cover contraception if doing so furthered the company's values. Also, birth control is not free at Planned Parenthood. I can tell you from personal experience that it costs anywhere between $20-$30 per month depending on the pill you are prescribed. That's $240-$360 per year. I went to a Baptist University whose insurance did not cover the pill so I was forced to go to Planned Parenthood. I don't know what I would have done without Planned Parenthood, which by the way is partially funded by the government. If funding to planned parenthood for contraception was cut or even reduced many women in all walks of life would be negatively affected.


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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA

I would not base my vote on any statement by a radio entertainer. I think this woman is getting way too much attention. If she is smart enough to get into law school and smart enough to read the university's health care plan, why did she go to a Catholic college? She made a choice, and now she wants the world to change to suit her. She should have chosen a college that suited her own "morality."


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perrya 4 years ago Author

I agree with Blawger and the Republicans seem to hate Planned parenthood and vow to cut it if elected in. What is wrong with the government providing help to those who need it? Are you saying it is better and cheaper to have a lot more unwanted kids in foster care? hardly!


ctbrown7 4 years ago

What is wrong with the government providing help to those in need? First of all, it isn't the role of government. Second of all, governments tend to not know what the healthy line is. If government wants to help the ultra poor with the basic necessities of life for a temporary period, that is fine. For those who absolutely not take care of themselves, I have no problem with the government helping, but birth control is not a need, unless you are someone who believes people cannot choose whether or not they have sex. If people want to have sex, they need to be able to either, a. be able to take care of a child or b. be able to afford birth control themselves. The entitlement society has been tried hundreds of times throughout the ages, and it doesn't work. It never will.


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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA

I'm saying it is better for people to exercise restraint and common sense and to take responsibility for themselves. People NEED food, shelter and clothing. I support many worthy organizations that are happy to help with those things. Recreational sex for college students is not worthy of taxpayer subsidy. This generation that has grown up without sexual restraints of any kind will some day be in charge of our businesses and governments. How will they fare if all they know how to do is ask for "free stuff?"


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perrya 4 years ago Author

well, the discussion might be moot if the Republicans get in the white house. In any case,if one knows sex will happen with teens and college students-that is a given, some use restraint others can't resist, providing the pill either free or with a small copay make sense.


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tobey100 4 years ago from Whites Creek, Tennessee

At the risk of being stoned....First, his name is RUSH. Second, Republicans are not against contraception. Third, Republicans are not against birth control. And finally, Republicans believe it's none of the governments business.

As a footnote: What would you call a woman who wanted someone else to pay for her to have protected sex? Slut may be too strong a word. I'd have used prostitute.


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shesacraftymom 4 years ago

Rush did call her a prostitute as well as a slut. The fact is, birth control is used for more than contraception, especially by young women. Many young women have issues beyond any other medication's control like debilitating cramps during their cycles, extreme bleeding that leads to anemia, cysts that grow and cause reproductive damage, etc. I had all of these things and was put on bc at age 15 though I was not sexually active until many years later. Birth control is not always covered by insurance and even when it is, it's often a very expensive co-pay. Mine is $30 a month. That's a lot of money to a college student. He was out of line saying what he said. He might as well call any woman on the pill a slut, which is basically what he did with his comments.


ctbrown7 4 years ago

Shesacraftymom, you have some valid points here, and I don't agree with how Rush said what he said; however, there is a distinction between women using birth control in general, and claiming it is the role of government to force Catholic institutions to provide birth control. Separation of church and state is kind of a big deal. Maybe not to some on this thread, but to the people who founded this country it was.


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perrya 4 years ago Author

To a person who attends a school like she goes to, $30 is not a lot to spend per month. Like others have said, the range is from $10 to 70. It is not about this, but, to me, her motive.


ctbrown7 4 years ago

Her motive appears to be to deceive Congress. She is on a full scholarship, I believe, also. The Target store down the street from her university charges $9 per month. I love how people believe that other people should pay for their stuff. Revenues from the government don't come out of thin air--they come from people. The more the government spends on bogus entitlements, the more we have to pay in taxes. Guess what? I don't have any more money to pay for taxes, and I shouldn't have to pay for this lady's birth control.


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perrya 4 years ago Author

I think the whole thing was planned, then, once the Russ thing exploded, Obama saw a chance to PR by calling her.


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duffsmom 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

You know the name is Rush, not Russ, right?


ctbrown7 4 years ago

I sent him an email about the name, but I guess Russ it is!


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perrya 4 years ago Author

Corrected.


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