After over a year of dancing around his position on birth control, Pres. Bush has finally said that he supports contraception. But hold your horses–only “responsible” people deserve the right not to procreate.
This Administration supports the availability of safe and effective products and services to assist responsible adults in making decisions about preventing or delaying conception.
So contraception for young people is immediately out. (Enjoy those babies, kids!) Then of course there’s the question of what constitutes a “responsible adult.”
If you take a look at the Bush administration’s record on contraception, the answer is pretty clear.
Rape victims aren’t responsible adults.
Last year the U.S. Department of Justice put out the first-ever federal medical guidelines for treating sexual assault victims. Emergency contraception (the morning after pill) was deliberately left out, despite the fact that it’s the only way to prevent pregnancy after a rape.
Women who shop at pharmacies aren’t responsible adults.
The administration has been oddly silent on the growing trend of extremist pharmacists who are refusing to give women their birth control pills. Because every sperm is sacred. Besides, you shouldn’t be having The Sex anyway, slut.
People whose birth control fails aren’t responsible adults.
Condom broke? Oh well. Wouldn’t have happened if you’d been responsible. For the past three years, women have been waiting for emergency contraception to be available over the counter in order to prevent unplanned pregnancies. But politics has trumped science again and again–with the White House’s knowledge and encouragement.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-D)–who has been a driving force behind getting the president’s position on birth control–asked Bush about this clear contradiction of the administration’s rhetoric and the reality of women’s lives in a recent letter. I’m guessing it’s going to be a while before she gets a response.