A while back I did a posting called “The Comstock Law.”
In essence the posting spoke on how the “Knee-Jerk Reactionary Legislation” that the “Religious Right” led by Anthony Comstock, a devout Christian, in 1873 getting a law passed which made birth control devices and even information on birth control illegal and could land you in jail.
I had made the statement, (Isn’t it odd that today in 2012 we are still hearing these same argumentative statements from the Religious Right?) with a comment reply, “Not odd, but pathetic. Not a surprise, either because, after all, what does conservative mean if not a return to the past?”
Well one of the comments to the posting asked, “But would you agree that things were much different back then? Or are you setting out to prove that we are in the same boat in 2012?” Well I restated and gave the examples of not only in the late 1800’s when just having birth control methods information would get you a prison sentence but also in the late 1960’s when birth control methods were still restricted to come by? I can also give you the example of “The Birth Control Pill” was not approved by the FDA until the early 1970’s and it was violently opposed by the Religious Right for its approval because it was really aborting an impregnated egg through chemical hormonal means.
Now I can give the current events examples going on today yet once again here in 2012, the same old same old tired crap, of fanning a political firestorm, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner joined an outcry from religious leaders and social conservatives over a requirement that health insurance plans, including those dealing with the general public at Catholic hospitals, charities and universities, offer birth control in their medical insurance to their women employees. The goal once again is to make the current law “Illegal and Repealed!”
These hospitals, charities, and universities employ non-Catholic people, and even noting about 95% plus of Catholic women disregard the Church’s mandate on the subject and are taking the birth control pill for their female health factors. If it was just a contained “Catholic Church” employees’ issue, they may have an argument, but we are talking about employees of hospitals, and universities, relating to their female employees’ health issues.
It is much like the crazy Don Quixote who went off fighting the windmills in his mind.…
This issue is not even driven by the Republican’s traditional masters, “Big Business,” because insurance companies and employers would rather pay for the cheap pills than the enormous cost of hospitalization, the work time lost, and economic burden of actually having an unplanned child birth…..which would also end up on the family’s health care insurance plan.
These culture wars for cheap political points at someone else’s expense, HAS GOT TO STOP NOW!