This may come as a surprise to many but yes, it is true, sometimes young, unmarried women use condoms and birth control when they do not wish to get pregnant. Here’s another revelation, sometimes women have abortions if they not wish to have a child. I know it’s a hard pill for Republicans to swallow but it is the reality of the world we live in, a reality I’m sure many of them would like to change that but for now they’re just going to have to deal with it.
Remember the Sandra Fluke ‘slut’ controversy? It happened a few months back, when former pill popper and Republican mouthpiece Rush Limbaugh called law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” after she dared to stand up for her reproductive rights. Her argument was in favor of the contraceptive mandate being applied to Catholic affiliated institutions like hers, Georgetown University. It sparked a national debate and many of the Democrat reasoning centered around the fact that birth control is used to treat many ovarian related illnesses as well as an array of other conditions that I never even knew existed. As I listened I couldn’t help but wonder, ‘Are they afraid to say that most women use birth control because they don’t want to have a baby strapped to hip nine months later?’ There are moments when I truly want to slap some Democrats and this was one of those times. Is it a crime to not want a child? To use contraceptives to prevent pregnancy? There should be no shame in choosing the life you wish to lead, and the avoidance of simply saying out loud that women use birth control to not get pregnant, suggests that there should be.
Fast forward to the present day and we are confronted with the same type of debates with the recent remarks by Congressman Todd Akin of Missouri. Akin is the congressman that in an attempt to explain his anti-abortion stance even in the case of rape introduced the concept of “legitimate rape.” According to him, it is scientifically impossible for a woman to get pregnant from a legitimate rape because her body naturally shuts down to prevent pregnancy. That would lead us to believe that if a woman were to get pregnant from a sexual assault it must be God’s will, ergo she shouldn’t have an abortion. The airwaves and twitter went crazy, rightfully so, over these comments and the nationwide debate over a woman’s choice with her own body started again. After we got beyond the ‘Todd Akin is an idiot’ conclusion the discussion switched to the issue of abortion. Again I listened carefully to the rhetoric and this time was no different. While it is true that some women get abortions because they are victims of rape and incest, it is also true that many women terminate pregnancies because they do not wish to have a child. Is it a crime to not want a kid? To want to have a planned pregnancy and not an unplanned one?
The abortion issue is a tricky one for me, because as someone who spent half the Sundays of her childhood going to a Catholic church, I understand both sides of the debate. Although I do not share those views there are completely reasonable justifications to oppose abortion, Todd Akin’s comments excluded of course, but it continues to baffle me how much others feel a need to control another individual’s body. Sure, you can choose to only focus on the fact that abortions and birth control are used in cases of rape and incest and to treat illnesses but it doesn’t change the fact that some women are just not ready or capable to care for a child and that is an okay enough reason. Also I would like to note that if you’re anti-abortion you should be all for contraceptives, it just makes sense- that is unless you lack a functioning brain.