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Sunday, March 4, 2012

American Female Employees at Risk

This is America right? Women across the country should be concerned about how their rights are constantly being attacked by male legislators and/or like the Georgetown student not be given the opportunity to speak at a committee hearing on contraception! I do not side or advocate either side’s position Women vs. Men, Democrat vs. Republican, or even the right to choose abortion, but I do ask you to consider whether like men, women have the right to control their own minds and bodies on a case by case individual basis and not be deemed a “slut” by the likes of Russ Limbaugh http://veracitystew.com/2012/02/29/rush-limbaugh-calls-female-contraception-expert-a-slut-video/

Recently the public debate has come to contraception again, nothing new:

President Obama’s TruthTeam@BarackObama.com #1truth bite for last week centered around: Whether or not WOMEN'S HEALTH CAN BE "MORALLY OBJECTIONABLE" it states the following:

“Thursday, the Senate voted down a bill that would have allowed employers to deny women coverage for birth control and any (unnamed) "objectionable" medical service,… Senators Roy Blunt and Marco Rubio's amendment would have allowed any employer -- not religious institutions, because they are already exempt -- to make this call on behalf of their female employees. That means a woman's boss at a restaurant; retail store, law firm or anywhere would have control over what health care she could receive. After an hour during which he was on the record opposed to it, Mitt Romney said … "Of course I support that amendment." … And we can thank him for paving the way -- ….”

Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1965), was a landmark case in which the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Constitution protected a right to privacy, although this case has been deemed controversial, and there are accusations of "judicial activism" by many it is certainly not the standard we see today of judicial oppression.

The idea that a women has control over her body was furthered most notably in Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), another controversial case where the Court ruled that a woman's choice to have an abortion was protected as a private decision between her and her doctor. Here lies the dilemma if you believe abortion is murder, the preventable measure is contraception, although there are others that claim this is also a form of murder; the murder in this country and in particular several State’s including but certainly not limited to that of the “Live Free or Die” is that full term abortion is not murder if the doctor snips the spinal cord before the head leaves the birth canal; monitors and nurses have seen the effects on the unborn and seriously describe and recognize that, that is murder.

No matter what advocates for either side state; abortion has lingering side effects on the women who have the procedure; “95% of these women were not at all satisfied with their choice today.” (http://www.abortionfacts.com/reardon/statistics.asp) Simply making contraception available and resources to educate women and research women’s health could possibly aid in making abortion a thing of the past. However, until women’s rights are enforced, there are devastating life experiences that lead women to this extreme measure not the least of which is rape, incest, and the public mark of being a socially undesirable person as an unwed mother, still exist.

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_contr_use.html This site has facts on contraception; ¼ receive care from a family planning clinic that is publicly funded. In light of the other care received at these facilities it is very small compared to their general health needs and deters abortion which can have a greater impact on public funds in the long run. As a community we need to keep up with the health of all our members; better health and insight can only lead to less public money on long term care of its members who can’t afford the rising insurance and medical costs going on in this country today.

There are fences that we must climb and there are fences that we must never cross; not empowering women with control of their own health and bodies is such a fence without women - men would cease to exist as well.

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