Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Slippery Slope, To Less Abortions

Thank you, Judge Korman!
I am a single mother. People say that parenting is the hardest job in the world. They have no idea when it comes to being a single mother. You have everything going against you. Some women choose to be single mothers, for a variety of reasons, sometimes death comes to your door and you are thrust into the world of single parenting, it's not easy to say the least.
There's a whole lot of people who like to go off about women who have babies for all the free benefits the government hands out, like it's some get rich quick scheme. These are the same people who don't want abortion to be legal. I have seen these same people do a complete about face when their daughter gets pregnant. Things are different when your baby is not ready to have a baby.
There's been way to much controversy about Plan B emergency contraception. Finally, a judge had the guts to call the FDA's restrictions on Plan B "arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable."
Jezebel made a list of five drugs more dangerous than the Plan B pill, like Advil and Benedryl, any kid can buy these medications.The reasoning against Plan B becoming over the counter is politically and religiously motivated. There's nothing scientific about it.
 The notion of a young woman who finds herself at risk of an unplanned pregnancy, will go to her parents to make a doctors appointment and get a prescription, leaves out the very real possibility that her father could be the one who got her in that predicament. But no one wants to acknowledge that possibility. There are a whole lot of ugly scenarios as to why a woman would need a Plan B pill that aren't discussed. Then there's the "whoops" factor, whatever the reason is, access to emergency contraception shouldn't be denied because of religious or political reasons. Morality and common sense are at odds when it comes to a person making a decision about whether or not she wants to go through with an unplanned pregnancy. It is hard enough to become a parent when you have planned everything down to the last detail, things can still go horribly wrong. There are a lot of religious zealots that act as if giving birth is safer than taking Plan B.
Going to the drugstore, getting a box of Plan B and proceeding to the checkout counter should be an easy and logical choice. Instead you have to go to the pharmacist, in front of whomever is in line, explain yourself, show ID and listen to the pharmacist's instructions. (Already inside the box) Seems like a perfect recipe to embarrass and stress out a person who is already in a stressful situation. Make sense? Not really.
America has a problem when women make decisions about their reproductive health, there's always some moral or religious problem associated with women exercising their free will sexually or reproductively.
In a perfect world the decision to become a mother should be just that, a choice. Not something unplanned that is forced on you.
The best thing about Plan B is that it could make abortion a thing of the past. Republicans just can't have that, because they use abortion in every election and it would no longer be relevant. Not having to listen to conservative assholes get on their high horse about abortion anymore should be enough to welcome Plan B on every Walgreen's shelf everywhere. 
Happy Mother's Day!


  1. Patricia,
    You are 100% correct.
    All the Republicans ever talk about is cutting taxes and religion - Well, now it is guns, guns, and more guns.
    Mom is 88 and stongly believes that it is a woman's choice (whether she be 15 or what) to decide to decide to have that baby.
    What is crazy - Is that the decisions about abortion, contraceptives, and sex education in the schools are being made largely by men! Ask a man to always use a rubber or to have his nuts cut...
    For the record: Sarge is very pro-choice and pro-emergency and normal contraceptives being provided over the counter and I favor sex education in the schools.

    Excellent post!


  2. Your mother is an excellent woman. She obviously raised a wonderful son.
    Sarge, you are so right about sex education. That abstinence BS has got to go. It just isn't working. Are educators going to tell teenagers about Plan B? Just a thought. Happy Mothers Day to your Mom, Sarge, I'm sure you made it a nice day for her.