I cannot get over the fact that, in 2012, we still have Republican candidates discussing the right to birth control.
As the Washington Post noted, the Republicans have a “fascination with reproduction at a time when economic production is what voters have in mind.” Why are they so obsessed with this topic? To me, it’s just a form of drawing a wedge between them and Democrats in this election. In all, the GOP candidates are focusing so much on the right to offer contraception, a subject that has not been controversial (with the exception of the Catholic Church) for a very long time. Some even call it a “Republican War on Women.” I tend to agree.
In this back and forth debate, however, I have not been as shocked as I was this week. Rush Limbaugh, conservative entertainer, instead of focusing on true issues such as the involvement of the Government of certain health procedures, attacked a female Georgetown Law School student, Sandra Fluke, in the most ignorant of ways. This week, Fluke spoke with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi about how she believed college women should be able to get contraception for free. As a response, Limbaugh said that she wants to be “paid to have sex” and called her a “prostitute” and “slut.”
Limbaugh even said: “So, Miss Fluke, and the rest of you feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives . . . we want something for it. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”
The worst part for me is that Limbaugh is heard and followed by millions of people. In turn, these millions of people are directly influenced by what he says. We have much more important issues to discuss. As a matter of fact, this shouldn’t even be one of the main issues of the election in the first place.
All I can honestly say is I hope the majority of people see through him and these issues. I hope we, as a nation, are able to move on and realize that this is a right to all women. I hope that a Republican doesn’t win, because– regarding this issue– that would mean the loss of federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the condemnation that birth control is a required health benefit, among others. And, yes, I do hope that one day ignorance such as Limbaugh’s disappears. One can dream right?
For more information, here is a video with a good overview on the matter: