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Commentary: Birth control does not make you a slut

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Rush Limbaugh thinks a young woman who uses birth control does so in order to act like a slut. Sandra Fluke, a third-year student at Georgetown University Law School, spoke before a Democratic hearing about birth control. This was not the faith-based hearing which only had testimony from clergy members, this was a Democratic hearing put together by Nancy Pelosi.

But Limbaugh’s reaction was ridiculous. He suggested that Fluke had testified that “she’s having so much sex she can’t afford her own birth control pills and she agrees that Obama should provide them, or the pope.”

Rush Limbaugh has put his foot in his mouth more than a few times, but this one takes the cake. He also suggested that boys should consider applying to Georgetown because the women are admitting “before congressional committee that they’re having so much sex they can’t afford the birth control pills!”

Then he called her a slut.  “What does it say about the college co-ed Sandra Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex, what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. What does that make us? We’re the pimps.”

The Obama administration (of which I am not necessarily an ardent supporter) is not trying to force everybody to use birth control. The argument is about whether or not religiously affiliated organizations have to pay for insurance coverage that provides birth control coverage. This is already in place in many other states from which there has been little to no reaction from the Catholic Church. The difference this time around is that it would become a federal mandate, taking the control out of the hands of the state.

Nobody is telling you that you have to use contraception. Nobody is telling you that you even have to buy it using insurance coverage. But it is about making sure that the all people (and until they develop a birth control pill that men can use this applies to women) particularly in the most vulnerable populations, have access to birth control.

We license drivers, we license guns, we even license home builders, but everybody and their brother can procreate.

Let’s hope that eventually the only people having children are those who want them. Those who will love them, discipline them and nurture them to adulthood and not pop out babies because of thoughtless behavior. We do not need 15 and 16 and 17 year old parents so frustrated at a baby’s insistent cry that the infant is shaken to death. I agree, this is a ridiculous topic. Let’s talk about the economy. And let’s not talk about women who use birth control so they can act like sluts or suggest they hold an aspirin between their knees instead.

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