Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) has wasted no time in weighing in on the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby contraception case. According to Think Progress, Lee said that he agreed with the decision because women use contraception as protection against recreational behavior.
Think Progress notes that Lee was on Sirius XM’s “The Wilkow Majority,” where he expressed his opinion. The host, Andrew Wilkow, said that the real question was whether a company should be forced to provide for something that’s intended for recreational use. Part of Lee’s response included:
“Yea, that’s right, that’s right. This administration is using the often coercive power of the federal government to force people into their way of being and their way of existing, their way of believing and thinking and acting.”
This is patently absurd, and goes a long way towards demonstrating just how entrenched in their dogma these people are. The U.S. was never intended to be a theocracy, but we are well on our way to becoming one, thanks to the Supreme Court and the idiot politicians applauding them for this. Especially since they’re applauding a decision based on complaints that have no basis in science, medicine, or reality.
Women use contraception for medical reasons other than preventing pregnancy (although there are times when preventing pregnancy is a medical reason, in and of itself, like when getting pregnant might be dangerous).
It helps cramps and regulates menstrual cycles. Birth control can sometimes help treat conditions like endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome, and it can prevent anemia by reducing heavy menstrual flows. Some types of contraception even helps to reduce the risk of certain uterine cancers.
Other women, who do use it to prevent pregnancy, aren’t sluts who go around sleeping with every Tom, Dick and Harry they meet. According to a survey conducted by Guttmacher, 63% of women who use contraception to prevent pregnancy said that doing so allowed them to take better care of their families.
One can infer from this that contraception kept their husbands and them from creating more children than they could afford. 56% said that it allowed them to support themselves financially (so fewer “welfare queens”), and 50% said that it helped them to stay in school or otherwise finish their educations (even fewer “welfare queens”).
Of course, Mike Lee would say that what they’re talking about is being able to have sex with whomever, whenever, while doing all of this. Lee (and others) would have women simply put an aspirin between their knees and let that be the end of it. Put the onus on women to remain chaste, and we eliminate the need for birth control (which, as noted above, we don’t). When it comes to married women, though, what does Lee expect them to do? It’s doubtful he’d be very happy if his wife said:
“No more sex until menopause, because I don’t want to have more children.”
What about Viagra? Oh, that’s right, Viagra corrects a medical condition. It makes something work that isn’t working properly. It doesn’t matter that erections are solely for “recreation,” Viagra corrects a problem, and that’s okay. Contraception, on the other hand, stops normal functioning, never mind all the medical conditions it also treats and corrects, so this is completely different. Right?
h/t: Think Progress