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March 27, 2014

For the last time, hands off the vagina, people!

Filed under: General — Vadasmaker @ 8:26 pm
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I am in possession of a dangerous weapon. It’s a vagina. That’s right. I have a vagina. Just in case the hereafter has thin walls, I’m sorry, Mom. But it’s true.
And it is so dangerous that I’ve gone and gotten myself a concealed carry license. No, I will not show my weapon to you. You know what they say: never show your vagina unless you’re going to use it.

You might wonder why I think it’s so dangerous. If it weren’t, why would every-damned-body and his freaking brother want to control it? Yeah. I don’t know either. But there you have it.

So here’s the deal. The owners of Hobby Lobby, in all their infinite wisdom—and not a little hubris—have decided that because of their religious beliefs, they should not have to pay for employees’ contraceptives as part of their insurance. Do I care about the eventual outcome? Of course I do, but more than that I care about what this portends for women.

Hobby Lobby’s contention has given the life-begins-at-conception group a fresh opportunity to butt into my business. They like to call their organization pro-life, but if you care for the unborn and don’t give a tinker’s damn about the born, “pro-life” is a misnomer. Likewise, if you have a moral issue with providing contraception but you don’t mind providing Viagara, it’s not a moral issue. It’s a double standard. It’s sexism. It’s bullshit.

But I digress, as I am wont to do.

In the warped view of the anti-choice, vagina-meddling butt-inskies, any post-coital contraceptive is abortion. This presents a problem. If life begins at conception, and abortion is anything that ends the life they believe has begun, how can a pill that inhibits conception be called an abortion pill?

Do you know how that’s possible? IT ISN’T. Unless, of course, you disregard all scientific information.

According to the Mayo clinic, there are three types of emergency contraceptive pills available: combined estrogen and progestin pills, progestin only pills, and anti-progestin pills. Only the latter is used to destroy an already implanted egg.

Persuasive and compelling evidence from numerous studies indicate that, other than the anti-progestin RU-486, emergency contraception does not block implantation of a fertilized egg. Instead, the morning-after pill prevents pregnancy by a) delaying ovulation, which is when the egg is released from the ovaries, and/or b) thickening cervical mucus, which makes it harder for sperm to reach the egg.

When confronted with scientific data that refute their belief, do anti-choice advocates re-consider, based on those facts? They do not. What they do is what they do best. They make shit up. In this case, the shit they’re making ups is that “scientists and government agencies [are] debunking an implantation effect because they support abortion rights.”

In other words, when all else fails, cry conspiracy.

Of course, the real issue isn’t who pays for what, or even who’s making shit up. The real issue is who gets to decide what a woman does and doesn’t do to her body. The answer to that should be a no-brainer. And it is, to everyone except the people who have spent practically every waking moment since January 1973 working to erode a woman’s right to determine her own fate.




  1. I spent hours and hours wading through that persuasive and compelling evidence you’re talking about. I tried to find a basis for some of these claims but it simply doesn’t exist. They’ve already decided their position and, as you pointed out, they’re not interested in data or facts, only their beliefs. I’ve had to let many of my beliefs go when I discovered they were false. I am not interested in maintaining false beliefs in order to avoid the temporary, uncomfortable feelings of cognitive dissonance. I want the truth, not someone’s version of it. No one has the right to dictate decisions women make with their physicians. I loved that all three of the female SCOTUS justices immediately pointed out the flaws in HL’s arguments.


    Comment by Michelle — March 27, 2014 @ 10:06 pm | Reply

  2. Women are supposed to control something? Women can decide something men don’t like—even other women don’t like? Even their husbands do not have last word here? You mean to tell me, women can have just exactly the number of babies she wants (afford/handle/educate/recover from) and not as many as GOD WANTS her to have? And she can use a pill to make these decisions, not major surgery or magic? Women can read and come to her own conclusions?
    When did this happen?
    FIFTY years ago! F-I-F-T-Y!
    My whole adult like I have been waiting for the moment when a woman can confess that she had an abortion and didn’t lose her mind or her ability to have children when she wanted to. I don’t want to see bragging here, as it is a painful and disturbing decision for most, but admission that she did something that is legal in every state and most upscale countries. And She isn’t sorry. Or driven wild with guilt every time she sees a CHILD the age of her aborted pre-child.
    I am thrilled to report that abortion was legal, reasonably priced, and safe as a Pap Smear, when I had mine.
    Beliefs often are false. That is why they are beliefs and not facts. If they were facts, like 2 +2=4, then you don’t have to believe anything, but just know how to find the information when you need it.
    Try it: That phone number is 654/781-9901 – I believe— (will YOU call it?) or will you look it up to KNOW?
    I will look it up to save myself the trouble and embarrassment and bother to someone else. But then I am usually nice.


    Comment by Pony-tail girl — March 31, 2014 @ 4:31 pm | Reply

  3. Nice post, Carol. I’ve had many conversations with young pro-life female students over the years and have tried to educate them about the historical factors behind the Second Wave Feminists’ embrace of abortion rights (such as the fact that the last state laws against artificial contraception didn’t fall until the early ’60s). Sadly, most of them still seem to care more about fetuses (real or potential) than about living, breathing women and their rights to control what happens to their own bodies.


    Comment by Don Stinson — April 2, 2014 @ 3:44 pm | Reply

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