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political rant

March 16, 2012

I am warning you up front that this is going to be a political rant. I will in no way be offended if you don’t read it. But I feel like I need to purge this from my chest.

I feel like, as a woman, we are taking GIANT steps backwards.

The government wants to make birth control pills harder to obtain via insurance companies and make abortion illegal.

So the government wants it to make it harder for insurance companies to cover birth control pills BUT has no problem with insurance companies picking up the tab for Viagra. Really?

Then after taking away our most reliable form of birth control they want to make sure if we do get pregnant we have no options but to carry the baby to term.

Here’s the thing and Let me make that quite clear:  I DO NOT support abortion as a means of birth control. But I do support a woman’s right to choose what to do with her own body.

I think the woman who was raped has the right to choose.

I believe the family member facing to incest has the right to choose.

I believe the woman whose husband just lost his job and they are trying to raise three kids already has the right to choose.

The right to choose what to do with their own body. The right to take birth control pills and the right to an abortion if that is what is right for her.

It’s funny how NO ONE in the government is trying to tell a MAN what he can do with his body. Just women. It is dominance and it isn’t right.

Some people believe it is a religious issue. And to that I say it still should not be a government issue. Let a woman and her God work that out. We live in a country which is “supposedly” not influenced by any religion. (I write that sentence loosely as even though America is intended to be non-secular is very much is not) So if this is a religious issue then it belongs with the Church not the government.

I personally would struggle with having abortion. I am not sure I could ever do it and I don’t ever want to be in a position to have to make that choice. However, I do think that you can not take away a woman’s right to protect herself against pregnancy, while at the same time providing men with drugs to enhance sexual desire and then take away any right for a woman to choose what she wants to do with an unwanted pregnancy.

Plus with all the other problems we are facing in this world right now, I find it hard to believe that this is even an issue our government spends time on!

I hesitated to post this because I feel like it is a sensitive subject but it is how I feel. If you wish to leave a comment please be respectful.

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24 Comments leave one →
  1. Paula permalink
    March 16, 2012 5:49 am

    Good post Kelly! Here in Europe, well in Northern Europe, it’s more accepted to talk about these things – and abortion is legal. Still it’s not used as a birth control and there are laws about when you can’t abort and when you can (e.g. not after 12 weeks). I think it’s for the baby’s best to be born in circumstances where she/he can have a good childhood. I also believe that making it difficult to use birth control doesn’t mean that youngsters won’t have sex, most of them will and it’s better to be safe.

  2. March 16, 2012 6:03 am

    this makes me want to move even more now. Wanna come with us?
    Always love your voice Kelly!

  3. March 16, 2012 6:31 am

    Amen sister!

  4. March 16, 2012 7:11 am

    I was going to say some long thing about how I agree with that the woman has the right to choose but got totally distracted by the comment above. What?

    • March 16, 2012 7:15 am

      I deleted it. Some people may not agree that I deleted it but I found it to not be respectful which I specifically asked for. I don’t mind if people disagree with me…lots of my real life friends actually DO disagree with me but they always tell me in respectful ways their opinions.

      • March 16, 2012 7:30 am

        Ha, now it’s going to look like I’m referring to Lisa’s comment. Did you actually go that that site that the commenter was from? It was similar to the comment he left.

        • March 16, 2012 7:33 am

          I did. Eh…on his blog he it totally allowed to say whatever he wants but on mine I need it be more respectful. You know?

        • March 19, 2012 7:39 pm

          haha! I didn’t take it that way and I didn’t get to see the comment that was deleted.

  5. crystal permalink
    March 16, 2012 8:14 am

    I totally agree with what you have to say!! So glad you posted this! Have a fantastic day! 🙂

  6. Chris permalink
    March 16, 2012 8:28 am

    Totally agree with you Kelly!

    “It’s funny how NO ONE in the government is trying to tell a MAN what he can do with his body.” – such a good point.

    Great post! =)

  7. Janet Fullington permalink
    March 16, 2012 8:34 am

    I enjoyed your rant,,, in my time on earth, I have seen tremendous progress regarding women in all areas of life. It is my deepest and m

  8. Debbie permalink
    March 16, 2012 8:44 am

    Kelly, I am in complete agreement with your post. Thank you for being brave enough to put it out there.

  9. March 16, 2012 9:10 am

    I need to do some research, I am so behind I didn’t even realize these were topics. Very weird to me that this is what our government is debating. We’re in debt, people are unemployed and losing homes, we’ve got too many Americans overseas fighting…so sad.

  10. March 16, 2012 10:21 am

    I completely agree and honestly can say that I feel the same way as you about the issues. With the rise of shows like 16 and pregnant and hearing about more and more stars becoming pregnant out of marriage- you would think that we would not be concentrating on taking away the choices and freedoms that women have concerning their own bodies.
    Thanks for being so honest with us on your feelings!

  11. Kristin permalink
    March 16, 2012 10:37 am

    I agree that insurance companies SHOULD NOT pick up the tab for Viagra. However, I do not think employers should be required to cover birth control under their health insurance plans or that abortion should be legal. A woman should have the right to choose what she does with her body given that her decision is only about HER body. However, I think that once there is a baby inside of her body, and any decision she makes is directly affecting that other body inside of her own, she no longer has the same right to choose. I don’t believe that a woman has the right to make a decision that is destructive to another body, regardless of the fact that that body is inside of her own. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, though, it’s important to engage in educated, respectful conversations about critical topics.

    • March 16, 2012 10:40 am

      Oh my gosh, THANK YOU, for leaving me a comment disagreeing with me while still being so so respectful. I appreciate your view point and thank you for sharing.

  12. March 16, 2012 10:53 am

    Kelly I had goosebumps reading your post. I am in such agreement with all your points. I am a mother and don’t believe I could ever have an abortion myself but I don’t think anyone had any right to tell a woman what her choices are. And what happens if abortion does become illegal? It’s not going to stop… women will just go have abortions that are more dangerous and potential harmful.

    And then birth control. First I think insurance companies should be picking up a bigger portion of the cost… I mean, Addison alone cost over 50,000 in her first 13 days of life. I think picking up the tab for a $40 a month pill is definately more cost effective. (Of course, Addison was planned and wanted and loved, just an example of the hospital costs.)

    Good post Kelly!

    • March 16, 2012 11:02 am

      Oh don’t get me started on hosiptal costs….my miscarriage was insanely (and needlessly)expensive (several thousands of dollars) and that points directly to the healthcare crisis we are having in this country. My brother was recently in Chili for a study abroad and he got a severe case of food poisining. He had to ride in an ambulance (where he was given an IV with fluids for dehydration) to the emergency room where he was checked in for about 4 hours (he said it was a VERY nice hospital) and was given IV medication for an acute gastric infection, had lab work run a was discharged with a perscription. For that entire incident he was billed $700. THAT’S IT! An ambulance ride alone in America would have costed $1000 not to mention emergency room costs. It is ridiculous! Oh this is another rant for another day…..

  13. March 16, 2012 1:37 pm

    I saw something about this on tv a little while ago, and I fully agree with what you’re saying. I believe there are a lot of circumstances that come into play with decisions about birth control, and abortion, and those decisions should not be up to the government. I’m not sure how insurance works in the states, but most prescriptions are covered here at least to some degree. Birth control is a prescription, and so it should be covered just like anything else. That’s why we pay for medical insurance. It seems to me, birth control is a lot cheaper than welfare, and I think the government should be happy to support people who are making responsible decisions instead of just going out and having babies they can’t afford.
    As for abortion, that’s always a touchy subject, and it always will be. But again, those decisions should be left up to the people who have to live with them for the rest of their lives.

  14. Tina permalink
    March 16, 2012 3:02 pm

    Growing up in a “socialist” country the debate about this issue baffles me. Since I now live in the US I have learned to keep my opinions to myself as they are not the popular ones. I believe in a woman’s right to chose. Her body. Her choice. Not some politician or religious leader. I’ll leave it at that……..

  15. March 16, 2012 8:20 pm

    Yes, I’d like you to rant about hospital bills another…ughhhh Don’t even get me started either. Absolute nonsense. But I agree with you that our government is focusing on the wrong issues this election. It’s really too bad!

  16. March 18, 2012 3:44 pm

    100% agree with everything your saying here! Although personally I would never misuse abortion or use it as a form of birth control I really can’t imagine not having the right to choose. Especially in this economy where it is becoming harder and harder to support yourself let alone a totally dependent child! I also really liked your point about viagra, I didn’t realise it was covered by health insurance, so typical! Hypocrisy at it’s finest! I could write on and on about this but uufff what a right royal mess the world is in! :/

  17. Megan permalink
    March 20, 2012 4:45 pm

    I read this post the other day and when I came accross this article this morning on Google news I knew I had to share : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/soraya-chemaly/womens-reproductive-rights_b_1345214.html

    Enjoy!

    • March 20, 2012 6:44 pm

      OH MY GOSH!!!!!! Making it necessary for some women to carry stillborn or dying fetuses until they ‘naturally’ go into labor is inhumane and so cruel. Men don’t understand what is feels like to be pregnanct…..how dare them. If that passes in Georgia that will make my heart hurt.

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