Is Women’s Health Is Taking a Backseat To Extreme Ideology

I must admit that I’m completely confused by what is going on in the U.S. concerning women’s bodies and their right to control them.  In addition to most of the GOP presidential contenders, there is a small yet vocal and powerful group already holding office who are desperately trying to dismantle a woman’s right to her own body.

Didn’t we address this topic over 50 years ago?

I can dress like a woman, that doesn't make me one and I won't decide their personal health issues

Today, some members of Congress (all Republican, by the way) held a hearing about the recent brouhaha surrounding birth control.  This furry angel is concerned and pawplexed for a number of reasons. Why is the committee comprised of men?  Why  was the first batch of witnesses made up of humans who cannot give birth (men!)?  Why were no dissenting witnesses allowed to testify?

Women’s health issues being debated and decided by men — Sounds like 1912, not 2012 to me.  It’s like a pack of dogs making life decisions over a flock of hummingbirds.  I know that’s a strange analogy but dogs know nothing of the inner-workings of delicate birds and Rep Darrell Issa (R) knows nothing about women.

Religious fanaticism is on the rise within a faction of our society and even our government.  Stripping women of their rights to access safe and affordable birth control and abortion services is relinquishing rights that women fought for decades ago.

We’ve seen how religious fundamentalism from the government level influences society — just look at the Taliban.  Instead of burkas, perhaps these Republicans will have women wear “freedom frocks” or a “liberty wrap”.  Really people, these men want to control women from conception to death and this dog is frustrated, furious and frightened.

Men like Issa and Santorum are against insurance coverage for birth control pills and devices yet they must be just fine with coverage for E.D. medications like Viagra, since it has never been mentioned.  So, in their minds men have the right to get randier while women have no say in whether they want to conceive or not.

Women’s health is taking a backseat to extreme ideology.  To this thoughtful pup, rule of thumb should be if you don’t have a uterus, you don’t get to make decisions about women’s family planning and women’s private health matters.  Simple and obvious.

Little Timmy Elijah Love sees no love in the GOP's attack on women's rights

Friends — woman friends — vote with your lady parts.  Do not give away your own God-given power to make your own personal decisions.

I’ll close with a few facts from the Guttmacher Institute on reproductive health:

• There are 62 million U.S. women in their childbearing years (15–44).

• Seven in 10 women of reproductive age (43 million women) are sexually active and do not want to become pregnant, but could become pregnant if they and their partners fail to use a contraceptive method.

• The typical U.S. woman wants only two children. To achieve this goal, she must use contraceptives for roughly three decades.

• Virtually all women (more than 99%) aged 15–44 who have ever had sexual intercourse have used at least one contraceptive method.

• Overall, 62% of the 62 million women aged 15–44 are currently using a method.

• Almost one-third (31%) of these 62 million women do not need a method because they are infertile; are pregnant, postpartum or trying to become pregnant; have never had intercourse; or are not sexually active.

• Thus, only 7% of women aged 15–44 are at risk for unintended pregnancy but are not using contraceptives.

• Among the 43 million fertile, sexually active women who do not want to become pregnant, 89% are practicing contraception.

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  1. Jamie Leigh Himmelstein says:

    As always Atticus…your mind is sharp as a tack!!

  2. Cassandra Meiselbach says:

    Thank you for Atticus for reminding me of how far we have come as women. It wasn’t long ago that women were treated as second class citizens… unable to vote, work and live as equals. I wonder how many women have sacrificed something so that we women in 2012 can enjoy the freedoms that we have today. We must not forget those women who fought and died on the front lines so that we can have the same rights as men do. Women died so that we can vote today. The simple fact is that our nation is only as great as its’ least constituent. When we have overcome our social needs of homelessness and poverty, then we can claim to be a great nation. It seems like some people are so quick to tell someone else what to do, but don’t want to give them the tools or the freedom’s they deserve. When the government takes away the public’s right to choose (anything), it doesn’t fix the problem, it creates more problems.

  3. Atticus says:

    Ha! I think I’m sharper on this side, Jamie — more pawspective from up here.

  4. Atticus says:

    Cassandra, you are absolutely right!! (dog like thinking and I love it!) Yes, many women (and men and dogs) have fought for the rights women enjoy today. I can tell you that they are pissy witnessing this full-out assault on their bodies!
    I would like to be amused by all this silliness, but the subject is too serious to laugh at their feeble-mindedness because these people have power and want more! God forbid the setbacks to women’s health, the poor and disenfranchised if one of the current crop of Repubs becomes president. Frightening!
    Thank you for your thoughtful comment. xxxooo

  5. Karen Biane says:

    Atticus,
    Thank you! I have been foaming at the mouth lately watching women’s health and reproductive rights take a back seat to political and religious ideology. Thank you for your “pawsitively” accurate comments.

    Karen B.

  6. I’m so distressed by current efforts to reduce availability of certain birth control methods because some extremists view them as a version of abortion. Medical “professionals” trying to avoid dispensing medicine based on their personal views…lack of access to care…I find it very distressing that the hot-button issue of abortion is getting more and more linked to very basic issues of healthcare.

    You’ve definitely hit on a sad and current topic, Atticus. Maybe you can send some wisdom to us.

    By the way, I recognized that picture of you. Was that Lady Gaga? I don’t know much about her, to be honest, but surely she represents a woman with a strong view!

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  7. Chico Ochi says:

    I am so glad when I read about families like the Duggar’s and politicians like Santorum pushing their views for no contraceptives. It shows more and more that they and their Stepford wives are clueless idiots! Would we really want these “family value” types running our country?

    And the whole Komen debacle…I am so glad that the truth is finally coming out.

    Looking forward to 4 more years of Obama.

  8. Atticus says:

    Thanks Karen! and “foaming at the mouth” — very doglike of you! I have more to say on this subject and plan a second post soon. Stay tuned…

  9. Atticus says:

    Yes Judy, I was dressed as Gaga in this picture. I definitely appreciate and honor her strength & message.

    I’m just in shock this his “hot button” topic is being discussed in 2012! This current crop of GOP won’t be happy until woman can once again be considered “property” of their husbands, barefoot & pregnant with no say in their own futures. I’m not done talking about this subject, Judy. Stay tuned for more…

  10. Atticus says:

    Yes Chico!! Obama in 2012 and let’s hope the folks on the other side of the aisle come back to reality… they are floating a long way from reality and sanity at this point!

    Thanks for your comments! I always appreciate hearing what you have to say. & we need cousin Velma to set up a meet & greet with mama — she’s heard so much about you & wants to meet you. ~ wags & peace ~

  11. Chico Ochi says:

    Yes! That would be fun to meet someday.

  12. Atticus says:

    chico — today is Velma’s birthday. maybe you can join us for a belated bday celebration??

  13. Chico Ochi says:

    I would love to, but, weird, I just got on and saw your invitation. Sorry, but I have had visitors and just laying low right now. Please give Velma my birthday wishes. We will get together someday. Thank you!

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