[Op-Ed] Sandra Fluke Should Not Be Elected to Anything
I want to start this piece by saying that I do not believe that there should be a religious exemption for contraception. I do not believe the government (or anyone else for that matter) should be able to interfere with a decision that is made by a doctor in treating their patient. A woman should not have to be told that if her doctor needs to prescribe her a drug- I don’t care if it is the Pill, Morning After or anything else- that someone should have to say, “my employer won’t allow it.” That has no place here in America.
That being said, with rumors circulating that she is considering a run for office, Sandra Fluke should not be elected to any type of public office. She is the problem and not the solution.
Sandra Fluke had a golden opportunity to fight for women when she testified before Congress and even further after the slew of press she got when Rush Limbaugh was stupid enough to call her a “slut.” She chose not to. She decided to act like a spoiled baby and make excuses that have no place in a free society.
If she gave 1/10th of the hairy crack of a rat’s ass about women, this is what she would have said.
Ladies and Gentlemen of Congress, I stand here before you to make a bold claim- both parties, Republicans and Democrats (and all in-between) are hypocrites, and you should be ashamed. You are using women as a political punching bag and I have had it up to my eyeballs with your garbage. Please allow me to explain.
For those of you on the Democratic side. You once realized that the issue for women is not just abortion or contraception. The issue is not as simple as “reproductive freedom.” The issue has and always will be my RIGHT to privacy. That I can go into my doctor’s office and have a discussion with him or her and get the best medical advice for me.
If my doctor wants to prescribe my birth control, or the morning after pill (or anything he feels is medically relevant), that is absolutely NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS- and neither is it my insurance company and for sure it is not my boss. If my doctor doesn’t feel I need my birth control pills but I want them so that I don’t get pregnant it is on me, but the conversation should stay in the doctor’s office and out of this hall. In this country we have a constitutional right to privacy and mine is not for sale for your two-minute sound bite.
For those of you on the Right, please wake up for a second and listen closely to me. You claim that you do not support government regulation of healthcare. I am not even going to address the inhumanity of letting someone die or go through life crippled because they can’t afford a necessary medical treatment.
I am going to address the issue of your hypocritical need to claim to despise governmental interference in people’s lives… yet you can’t seem to keep yourselves and your religion out of my bedroom. President Obama issued a governmental order that all insurance companies (regardless if the policy is being paid for by the church or an employer) cover birth control and the morning after pill.
Who gave him the right to order an insurance company to do anything? Why does he get to regulate what my insurance company will or will not pay for, and who are you to demand that the Church can make that decision either? You are so quick to talk about the freedom for the Catholic Church to be able to tell my doctor what he can’t prescribe me but in the same vein claim you detest government intervention. In this world you either stand for something or you don’t, and it is obvious that when the women of this country need someone to count on you are not the ones.
With that being said, both of you from both parties should let my doctor and myself make the decisions that are the best for me and my body and for failing in that charge, you should be ashamed.
Instead, what Sandra Fluke said was essentially, “I think the government and my employers should have to pay for my birth control pills because, well gosh, they are really expensive.” This type of reasoning is beneath women, it is beneath Congress and it is beneath America. How are we ever going to be able to convince the government that the healthcare system is broken and needs fixing if we can’t spend less than five minutes discussing the system… and spend an entire month discussing something as brainless and stupid as to whether a church who offers health insurance has to pay for something that the adherents of their faith shouldn’t be asking for in the first place?
And secondly, Ms. Fluke, there are lots of things in America that people have to pay for that are very expensive. Food isn’t cheap, neither is college or trade school, electricity can add up, and so can a phone. There are a lot of things that are expensive that we have to figure out a way to pay for ourselves. I can only thank God above that 99.9% of people don’t feel the need to take time off of work or school to come moan to Congress that something is too expensive so therefore you shouldn’t have to pay for it.
Sandra Fluke, you are a little person, and your ideas are little, too. Please stay as far away from elected office as you can, because the idiots we have in power now are already so much a part of the problem we do not need your garbage making things worse.