There’s a lot of talk in the news about contraception. I think this is a good conversation, and one we should spend energy on. But are we spending too much energy on it? Contraception, unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, is to stop you from getting pregnant from sex. You see, children, if you have sex, you get pregnant. Sometimes and usually. Contraception, condoms and birth control pills stop this from happening. There has been a nice size debate in the news about contraception and President Obama and the Affordable Care Act. “Obamacare” mandates that employers give health benefits to employees. If you have a job, your job has to offer you health insurance. As part of health insurance, you get contraception, which has to be offered. The big fuss is that Catholic churches that employee people have to also offer contraception. But it’s a matter of religion that Catholic Churches are against contraception. Why? Well, let’s let Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum explain it for us.
One of the things I will talk about that no president has talked about before is the dangers of contraception in this country, the whole sexual libertine idea. Many in the Christian faith have said, ‘Well, that’s okay. Contraception’s okay.’ It’s not okay because it’s a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.[Sexual relationships] are supposed to be within marriage, they are supposed to be for purposes that are, yes, conjugal and unitive but also procreative. That’s the perfect way that a sexual union should happen. We take any part of that out, we diminish the act. And if you can take one part out that’s not for purposes of procreation, that’s not one of the reasons, then you diminish this very special bond between men and women, so why can’t you take other parts of that out? And all of a sudden, it becomes deconstructed to the point where it’s simply pleasure. And that’s certainly a part of it, and it’s an important part of it, don’t get me wrong, but there’s a lot of things we do for pleasure, and this is special, and it needs to be seen as special.
He’s not wrong, and I know me saying that is blowing your brains out. But he isn’t. If you are a Christian, and believe in the faith, you aren’t supposed to have sex before marriage. No one waits until marriage, however, and people who do wait are called, “weird.” This makes no sense to me, on many levels, but whatever. It doesn’t bug me that Rick Santorum is against contraception. I respect what he thinks but I don’t care what he thinks. People on one side believe there’s a war on religion. People on another side believe there’s a war on women’s reproductive rights. And then there are the other 90% of America who absolutely do not care. It bothers me that people make a big deal about things that aren’t a big deal. Politics are politics and people yell and scream, but it’s not the end of the world. No men in black suits are going to target and taking birth control out of the pharmacy. And, yeah, I think the new Health Care requirements are important, but people got birth control before and you’ll get it again. Sometimes, television and newspapers and what you read and hear on the radio make a massive issue out of something that is an utter non-issue. We get our blood pressure and point fingers but, and you know this is true, in six months we’ll have forgotten this ever happen. Remember the “Occupy Movement?” Yeah, I barely do, too.
Just to be fair, there’s a reason why I’m not really worried about this “War” that’s going on. It’s guys like this:
Foster Friess, the primary supporter of a pro-Santorum super political action committee, suggested on MSNBC that women use Bayer aspirin as a contraceptive. “This contraceptive thing, my gosh, it’s so expensive,” he told host Andrea Mitchell. “Back in my days, they used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly.”
That still blows my mind. Guys like this rule the world. They have since the 1940s. The world’s still here.