- Fertility & Reproductive Systems
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.
- The Sandra Fluke, Russ Limbaugh and the Counterfeit Birth Control Saga
Sandra is no fluke for sure. It is all deliberate.