Posted by: Ophelia | July 16, 2008


If you thought the Pill Kills campaign was just a religious movement, think again.

In a spectacular act of complicity with the religious right, the Department of Health and Human Services Monday released a proposal that allows any federal grant recipient to obstruct a woman’s access to contraception. In order to do this, the Department is attempting to redefine many forms of contraception, the birth control 40% of Americans use, as abortion. Doing so protects extremists under the Weldon and Church amendments. Those laws prohibit federal grant recipients from requiring employees to help provide or refer for abortion services. (Christina Page)

Yet again, by taking preventative measures against pregnancy, by preventing conception–I am yet again a would be abortionist. You know I realize that many seem to believe that I should have no control over my fertility that isn’t directly granted by a male relative or significant other, but trying to redefine words to eliminate my rights and to grant additional rights to those who don’t give a flying fuck what happens to me or my uterus or my imaginary child so long as I don’t make any choices that would compromise that imaginary baby just oozes misogyny and paternalistic bullshit.

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It now claims that pregnancy begins at some biologically unknowable moment (there’s no test to determine if a woman’s egg has been fertilized). Under these new standards there would be no way for a woman to prove she’s not pregnant. Thus, any woman could be denied contraception under HHS’ new science. (Christina Page)

Come the fuck on. Seriously, whatever happened to scientific principles and reality dictating healthcare not religious right rhetoric. How can life begin at conception when your body doesn’t even recognize pregnancy until implantation. HOW DO THEY KNOW BETTER THAN MY OWN BODY WHEN I’M PREGNANT? Are they magicians? Sooth sayers? Or rabid assholes who really want to erode every woman’s right to choose and especially those women who must depend on clinics that receive federal grants to gain hormonal birth control? When all else fails simply create new rules based on unscientific minority opinion rhetoric.

So again, it’s all about controlling women’s bodies (especially the most vulnerable ones) by redefining any preventative birth control as abortion and therefore unavailable options. Let’s eliminate all the options until all that remains is abstinence and marriage wherein a woman’s delicate gifts can be reared properly by the men in her life.

This  makes me so ill. My body isn’t an incubator and I thought I was supposed to have freedom of religion–not the freedom to have someone else’s religiously based morals forcibly imposed upon my body. Their beliefs do not make me a less embodied human being. Their lack of respect for me should not affect the accessibility of medical care.

Somehow, I find it difficult to believe that government agencies would conspire with women to eliminate access to safe preventative medical care and medical procedures for men. Nor do I think that they’d value the rights of medical practicioners to refuse them legal, medical services.

From the New York Times:

The Bush administration wants to require all recipients of aid under federal health programs to certify that they will not refuse to hire nurses and other providers who object to abortion and even certain types of birth control.

The proposal, which circulated in the department on Monday, says the new requirement is needed to ensure that federal money does not “support morally coercive or discriminatory practices or policies in violation of federal law.” The administration said Congress had passed a number of laws to ensure that doctors, hospitals and health plans would not be forced to perform abortions.

It’s not at all discriminatory to redefine words so that they fall under the umbrella of services medical practitioners cannot be forced to perform–this is completely fair.

Nancy Keenan, president of Naral Pro-Choice America, said, “Why on earth is the Bush administration trying to discourage doctors and clinics from providing contraception to women who need it?”

Why indeed.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
Telephone: 202-619-0257
Toll Free: 1-877-696-6775

Tell them this is bullshit. Tell them medical decisions should be made using medical science, not religious right rhetoric. Tell them that the women who depend on these services are undeserving of their scorn. What next? Will women be unable to obtain medications that may inadvertently affect fertility? I mean if no child can be conceived, is that an abortive medication? Should the women who require hormonal birth control to control irregular menstrual cycles be refused? Should they stop selling those cycle beads because they help women end lives? No more over the counter cold meds–just in case you could be pregnant. You can’t be too careful when a woman is pre-pregnant which is basically the majority of her life. Let’s do nothing that could potentially harm the potential fetuses of the masses of pre-pregnant women who have no desire to be parents yet. We know what’s best…for their fetuses. Sorry, as long as the government is “helping” you, you have no say over your body. We all know just how much our government and our society values the underprivileged and how their children are just opened with welcome arms with a whole slew of public assistance programs that adequately provide for their medical care, education, and general well being.

I don’t give a shit if they’re handing out gold bricks and rocket cars to each child and mother. This is my choice–one that will affect me long after they’ve stopped caring, long after I leave the hospital. This is my life and I have every righ to decide the path that it will take–pre-pregnant or not.



  1. You can also write a letter via Planned Parenthood:

    I already wrote my letter to PP, but I’m going to write to the actual HHS office as well. The more vocal we are, the better.

  2. […] outcrazyophelia has a response up at Feminocracy. […]

  3. Thanks, I sent my letter and managed to be concise and hopefully articulate.

    On behalf of President Bush, thank you for your correspondence.

    We appreciate hearing your views and welcome your suggestions.

    Due to the large volume of e-mail received, the White House cannot respond to every message.

    Thank you again for taking the time to write.


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