Marcotte: Republicans Want to Take Your Birth Control

Marcotte: Republicans Want to Take Your Birth Control

Marcotte: Republicans Want to Take Your Birth Control

Why? Because they “don’t want women to have it”. That is the latest nonsense from Salon’s Amanda Marcotte, anyway. And we’re the fear-mongers!

They hate the power it gives women, especially young women and low-income women.

Conservatives are modern Puritans and, as H.L. Mencken famously said, they are driven by the “haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”-Amanda Marcotte

Because this makes some people happy:

Marcotte argues that the above (fact, according to her) is masked by the media. She argues that it is all Republicans’ and Trump’s fault that Planned Parenthood is pulling out (no pun intended) of the Title X family planning program. Why is Planned Parenthood withdrawing? Because the new laws issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services earlier this year, prohibit Title X grantees from providing or referring patients for abortion, except in cases of rape, incest or medical emergency.

The Trump administration has forced Planned Parenthood grantees out of Title X. The impact of the Trump administration’s gag rule will reverberate across the country.”-Alexis McGill Johnson, Acting President of Planned Parenthood

This is going to reverberate across the nation. It’s like….like….oh phooey! I’ll just let Amanda tell you what it’s like”

…taking away measles vaccines from clinics that also treat measles cases.”-Amanda Marcotte

So, if we follow this logic for just a moment, if someone already has the measles, it’s a little too late to get a shot that prevents contacting the measles. Stay with me. Vaccines only PREVENT the disease. Birth control PREVENTS pregnancy. If you’re already pregnant, there ain’t no birth control preventing that. Unless, of course, you think abortion is a form of birth control, which it is not. Marcotte is not ranting about abortion this time, though. She’s ranting about birth control and how the Republicans and “anti-choice activists” want to take ability away from Planned Parenthood to provide. They don’t even want a woman to swallow a daily pill. Nope. All “anti-choice activists” want is to see women across this nation barefoot and pregnant! Trump wants to take your pills away, ladies.

In truth, Trump and HHS have decided to play hardball with Planned Parenthood and good for them. They should, looking at their stats of abortions versus birth control. Planned Parenthood kisses a slush fund from Title X goodbye. Why? Perhaps because their main cash cow is performing abortions and there is no money in supplying birth control. So much for “Care No Matter What” for low-income women. Planned Parenthood is electing to withdraw from this program and filed a lawsuit with HHS stating, the new Title X rule imposes “burdensome and costly impediments to the provision of services,” which would “substantially reduce the ability to provide those services.”

You think?

Title X’s grant-based funding means that, after a certain point—conceivably when Planned Parenthood feels it has given out enough birth control to satisfy the government and ensure future grant awards—the marginal cost of distributing birth control hugely outweighs the marginal benefit.

So Planned Parenthood loses money distributing birth control to uninsured women, and gains little by distributing birth control through Medicaid. Planned Parenthood’s failure to meet demand for birth control reduces costs, and also stimulates demand for abortion. When Planned Parenthood doesn’t adequately meet customer demand for birth control, its customers, with nowhere else to turn, come back for the high-margin product.”-Willis L. Krumholz, The Federalist

And, pray tell, what is that higher-margin product?

According to this, Planned Parenthood has done a terrible job of providing birth control access to urban women over the years. Why? Because it’s not profitable to them. Because their business model depends on an abortion quota and not a birth control distribution quota. In order for these clinics to survive, they need to perform a certain number of abortions annually. Now that the Title X tide has turned, HHS is calling Planned Parenthood out on the carpet and they don’t like it. The left doesn’t like it. Amanda Marcotte at Salon, especially, doesn’t like it.

No doubt it’s ironic that all this is happening under Trump, a known libertine who has been married three times and seems to have enthusiastically cheated on all his wives. But it’s not quite accurate to accuse Republicans of being hypocrites. The anti-choice movement has never been interested in punishing straight men for having sex. Instead, it’s about punishing women and LGBTQ people for trying to lay claim to the sexual autonomy that the right believes belongs to heterosexual men alone.

Trump may like having sex with women, but he doesn’t want them to have any power. Groping women on a one-at-a-time basis may be fun, but taking away their birth control? That’s how you “grab them by the pussy” on global scale.”-Amanda Marcotte

Republicans are out for your birth control, ladies. The collective “they” do not want you to be happy. Because, according to the left, birth control and (AHEM) abortions make people happy. They want to take away your power. Nobody ever mentions the great power that lies in choosing (and we’re “anti-choice”) in being proactive instead or reactive, keeping one’s legs closed, it in their pants or being selective about life or death decisions.

Nope, Amanda. Trump’s not grabbing women by the pussy in this case. He’s grabbing Planned Parenthood by the pussy (or the cojones because, according to you guys, women aren’t the only people who get abortions). Spare us the histrionics, already.

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  • We should promote ammunition and birth control being sold together in the same packaging. That would present Marcotte with a dilemma.

  • John C. says:

    Ironically, Republicans have tried to make birth control pills available over-the-counter, but Democrats have voted it down.

  • GWB says:

    Conservatives are modern Puritans
    That is some serious projection. She should seek counseling.

    Because the new rule issued by

    The anti-choice movement has never been interested in punishing straight men for having sex. Instead, it’s about punishing women and LGBTQ people for trying to lay claim to the sexual autonomy that the right believes belongs to heterosexual men alone.
    More projection.

    This is more of the “Oh, we women are so powerful, but men are more powerful so we must crush them to take their power for ourselves” silliness.

    A certain portion of feminists has always been about taking power for themselves (mostly out of a twisted idea of revenge), from “first-wave” all the way into “fourth-wave”. But, as equality has been achieved, the proportion has grown and grown (partly because fewer sane women subscribe to feminism). The movement becomes more and more shrill and demanding – and insane.
    (The same is true of the anti-racism crowd, btw.)

  • Politically Ambidextrous says:

    The reason some fear that birth control (‘the pill’ – ref photo) may be outlawed is because in some circles being ‘on the pill’ is considered to be the functional and moral equivalent of abortion. This is because the typical pill hormone formulation works primarily to prevent ovulation (and therefore fertilization) but it also may prevent implantation (and the start of pregnancy).

    To this way of thinking, the only acceptable solutions are abstinence, barrier methods and NFP (assuming their belief system allows a married couple to even try to avoid making a baby).

    The conversation is really about what ‘birth control’ (as in pregnancy prevention, not pregnancy termination) methods are acceptable. The frontier is between fertilization and implantation. For some, this requires no discussion (and they use NFP). For others, the statistics and probabilities make this a more nuanced, personal decision. Whenever one draws a boundary, one also extends an invitation to a border skirmish.

    The concern referenced in the OP is that using ‘the pill’ (or any form of contraception that is not guaranteed to be solely contra-fertilization) will be deemed to be the functional equivalent of abortion and the legal equivalent of murder.


  • Figaro86 says:

    Whatever this shrieking harpy posts should be viewed through the lens
    of “I hate Trump because he beat my darling Hillary”. It clarifies just about
    everything she dumps on Salon.

  • Michael Jarman says:

    Feminists are primarily social Marxists that just focus their “oppression” arguments on one particular group (females). In all other respects they are economic Marxists who hate business, including big pharma. However, on the issue of chemical “birth control” they let big pharma own them like slaves. Hint: this is the 21st century. Women’s fertility cycles can be charted (in most cases) with exquisite detail. You can have intercourse most days of the month without any concern of pregnancy. You go to Whole Foods and by organic, non-GMO, no-hormone everything and then you go home and pollute yourself with synthetic hormones to benefit the biggest of big businesses. This is not the action of sane people. Does that say “empowered” to you? How about “pathetically dependent”?

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