In the war against women's reproductive rights, when will enough be enough?
That's the question that women need to be asking, as draconian laws which increasingly restrict our access to birth control continue to be enacted by states.
On May 15, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a law which allows pharmacists to refuse to fill birth control prescriptions, and allows doctors to refuse to refer patients to pharmacists who will.
According to Reuters' Kevin Murphy,
"The law states that no person can be required to provide any device or drug that he or she "reasonably believes may result in the termination of a pregnancy" - but does not specifically lay out which drugs could be refused."
Waaaiiiit a minute. Any "device"? Are condoms and diaphragms next on the hit list of birth control methods? What about surgical sterilization? Are they next?
Do we really want huge families sprouting up across America? Do YOU want to have a baby, year after year after year because you- or your wife's- birth control has become illegal?
Birth control has been around since recorded history. The use of herbal contraceptives were part of folk medicine, and are well-documented in literature. Women have used barrier methods since the first woman figured out the link between ejaculation and insemination. Ancient societies used wads of sea sponges, paper, cloth, and even grass to block sperm. Aristotle recommended using oil as a pessary (vaginal suppository).
Obviously, we've been invested in preventing pregnancy for a long, long time.
Women have been fighting to control their own destiny for thousands of years. That's not hyperbole; it's fact. Being able to decide if we want children- or not- is a part of that fight. I don't understand women who undermine their own success and independence by supporting draconian birth control laws.
Considering that studies show the vast majority of American women have used birth control, it seems likely that some of the same female legislators and activists who support these types of laws have themselves used birth control at some point during their reproductive years.
Why, then, are they intent on denying access to birth control to others? And to themselves?
I don't get it. I understand that some people have religious objections to birth control, but since when did religion trump science, and individual rights? Why are their religious views more important than mine? Isn't that why we have a separation of church and state?
If we're not careful, we're going to wake up in a country that outlaws birth control.
And that's no longer just a "oh, you're being overreactionary to drum up support for your waaay left-leaning liberal fringe ways" kind of statement, is it?
Go back to Oz, Dorothy. It's safer there.