I had a big twitter fight today with one of my friends. He is Catholic. He does not think there is a war on women. He thinks that Obama started the fight with the birth control coverage mandate. I keep trying to explain to him that it is just a piece of the puzzle – the over 400 pieces of legislation around the country aimed at slashing women’s rights are what make this a war on women.
But let’s just focus on the religion excuse re birth control shall we?
I have said this before but it is worth repeating. If this were about religion then men should be feeling the heat too. Erectile dysfunction drugs have ONE purpose. To get a man erect – for sex. Catholics believe that sex is for procreation – only. For me to believe for one second that the lack of contraceptive coverage is about religious beliefs I would need to see similar legislation connected to erectile dysfunction drugs.
Catholics believe that homosexuality is an abomination – yet no screening for sexual preference is in place prior to coverage of ED drugs.
Catholics think that sex outside of marriage is an abomination – yet no proof of marital status is demanded prior to coverage of ED drugs.
Catholics believe that sex is only for procreation – so where is the proof that the drugs will be used for procreative purposes prior to their being covered by insurance? This is pretty laughable since the majority of prescriptions are for men beyond the child rearing phase of life – their wives in fact might even be post menopausal.
Hormonal contraception has a host of other uses than contraception – treatment of dysmenorrhea (painful menses), menorrhagia (heavy menses), metrorrhagia (frequent menses), polycystic ovarian syndrome, luteal cysts, acne. Additionally just being able to skip menses and/or schedule it is reason enough! Hormonal contraception is protective against ovarian cancer.
According to the Guttmacher Institute 58% of oral contraception prescriptions are written at least in part for a reason other than contraception. I would argue that number is higher when you consider convenience and cancer prevention.
So please stop the religious rhetoric. Until men are subjected to the same ridiculous constraints as women, I don’t believe it and neither do my colleagues.