It is so obvious to me that women should have access to birth control that I find it hard to take the opponents seriously. I agree with Martha Plimpton that the opposition to it is based on the bizarre idea that women do not know how to manage their lives and therefore need to be regulated. Women’s freedom is just as important as men’s. When it comes to rights, all humans are important.
Martha Plimpton: Stop undermining women’s health with personhood amendments and ultrasound laws
But we don’t live in caves anymore. And it has long been known that where women have the ability to control their own reproductive lives, standards of living rise, children are healthier, education levels rise, and women’s contributions to society increase. This is true in developing countries around the world, and in countries across Europe where low rates of teen pregnancy and infant mortality put ours to shame. When you keep women from exercising their right to physical self-determination, the actual consequences reveal themselves. It’s long past time we started focusing on the solutions that actually keep women healthy, instead of using basic aspects of women’s health as a tool of cultural, moral, and political control.
In addition, here is Susan Fluke and the testimony she would have offered to Congress had the Chairman of the Committee allowed it.
Sandra Fluke Speaks: The Republican War on Womens Health
- GOP’s War on Women’s Health (crooksandliars.com)
- Women Fight Back: House Dems To Hold Own Hearing With Woman Issa Excluded; Virginia Gov. McDonnell Ducking? (news.firedoglake.com)
- Buchanan To Republicans: You’re Overeaching On Birth Control (thinkprogress.org)
- Nancy Pelosi offers to ‘explain biology’ as Republicans deny birth control is a women’s health issue (dailykos.com)
- Female Democrats tout female witness at alternative contraception hearing (thehill.com)
- Rush to the Middle Ages – The Attack on Women’s Health Rights (blueingreene.org)