Feminist bloggers save my sanity. And their brilliant arguments against the latest spate of women-hating legislation deserve your attention. I’m going to be posting a series of notes that call your attention to some of the best feminist responses to the political efforts of the religious right in Congress:
Consider this: Republicans and other Forced-Birthers have been complaining about recent efforts to require health insurance to cover birth control. You can read about the “robust controversy” in the New York Times, if you like, or you can read Echidne of the Snakes, who notes
The conservatives are very much opposed to contraception, at least in women’s hands. Different groups in the conservative base have different reasons for opposing full coverage of contraceptives. The traditional“stay-out-of-my-wallet” people don’t want to pay for anything which might benefit some “other” group.
Sometimes that is taken to extremes, as was the case with the Republican politician who couldn’t understand why he would have to pay higher insurance premia so that pregnancy care could be covered. He can’t, after all, get pregnant himself! And was presumably born through some sort of amoebic cell division himself.
That covering contraceptives fully might actually save tax-payers money in the long-run is the possible counter-argument to all this. Or I guess we could argue that prostate care shouldn’t be covered by women’s premia, that those of us who don’t drive should not have our insurance premia raised by the care of drivers who got into car accidents, that those of us who don’t ski should not be expected to cover the cost of downhill skiing accidents and so on. The whole insurance system unravels if go thataway.