Tue Jun 11, 2013, 08:19 PM
alp227 (28,404 posts)
Conservatives: Expanding Plan B Access Will Embolden ‘Rapists’ And ‘Sexual Predators’
By Tara Culp-Ressler on Jun 11, 2013 at 1:18 pm
On Monday evening, the Obama Administration announced that it will stop fighting to impose age restrictions on over-the-counter emergency contraception, making Plan B available without a prescription to women of all ages. While women’s health groups lauded the decision as a common-sense move, social conservatives claim that the White House has endangered the young girls who become impregnated by sexual predators.
There’s no scientifically-motivated reason to restrict Plan B, an extremely safe medication that the FDA has approved for girls of all ages. But conservatives have consistently claimed that allowing teens to buy emergency contraception over the counter will harm America’s youth. And in the aftermath of the Obama Administration’s announcement, the right-wing media has also attempted to link contraceptive access with sexual abuse against women, claiming that allowing young teens to purchase Plan B without needing to ask their parents will embolden rapists.
“It’s a good deal for pedophiles, a good deal for people who commit statutory rape against young girls,” conservative radio host Laura Ingraham told Fox News on Tuesday. “if mothers and fathers across this country hear this and they think, ‘Well, I guess my daughter or her boyfriend or her rapist can go out to a pharmacy and get a bunch of, you know, hormone pills to give a little girl.’ We don’t really know the effect of a spiking or dropping a little girl’s — in many cases a young woman’s or a little girl’s hormonal levels. It’s outrageous!”
Similarly, the right-wing National Review Online (NRO) published a post on Tuesday entitled “Real-World Morning-After Pill Consequences,” highlighting the story of a mother who worked to protect her 11-year-old daughter from a sexual predator. Even though that story didn’t involve contraception at all, the NRO concludes it has important implications “in the context” of offering Plan B over the counter. “It will be yet another way in which parents could be kept in the dark about what is happening to their own children, perhaps even when they are victims of sexual predation. Truly sickening,” the NRO’s Welsey J. Smith writes.
But I thought that legitimate rapes SHUT DOWN the impregnation process?
And on Thom Hartmann's "Good Bad and Very Very Ugly" segment I heard a sound clip of Ingraham. Wow where do these right wingers get their logic? Hell, did they not hear about legendary film director (and child rapist) Roman Polanski who DENOUNCED the pill? And then failed presidential candidate Rick Santorum saying pregnancy is a gift from God to rape victims? Oh is THAT why the right wingers are against contraception for girls?
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Wed Jun 12, 2013, 04:31 AM
Hekate (27,507 posts)
2. Right-wingers have dirty minds.
They can't seem to stop talking about other people's sex lives, and they always imagine the worst.
Restricting Plan B isn't about rape -- especially since "pro-lifers" want to make sure it isn't offered or stocked at Catholic hospitals -- it is as usual all about restricting women's sex lives and pretending that adolescent girls are abstinent, and then making sure that if females "sin" they will suffer for it visibly by becoming pregnant and giving birth.
That is it in a nutshell.