I’ve been following the current hullaballoo about birth control with a great deal of interest. I know the Catholic Church considers it a sin, but I’m not sure why there should be a law forcing non-Catholics to live by Catholic rules.
That is not really my point, though. I’m considering birth control from a purely economic standpoint.
Any laws that are passed affecting birth control or abortion will, of course, apply only to poor women (men can sin without consequences). Women with enough money can simply go somewhere else to get the services they want. Poor women, however, need help from Planned Parenthood or its equivalent. If they don’t get it, the following might be the case:
John and Jane are happily married, have two kids and, with two jobs each, are barely scraping by. But they are getting by – at no cost to the taxpayer whatsoever. Now comes Big Brother or his ilk and says, Some of Planned Parenthood’s money could possibly pay for abortions, and that is against my religion. Shut them down. If John and Jane don’t want more children, she can use aspirin between her knees."
They’re married. They love each other. The inevitable happens since Jane cannot afford birth control without help. Now that happy self-sufficient family can no longer be self-sufficient. That third child is one too many. You, the taxpayer, are now on the hook.
The family qualifies for food stamps, they need health care for the children, there is another child in the school system, the taxpayers are out thousands of dollars before that child grows up. And it’s all because Planned Parenthood can no longer give contraception to Jane at no cost whatsoever to the taxpayer. Now multiply that by the millions of families who are in or on the brink of poverty. The taxpayers are putting out billions of dollars to pay for the beliefs of some.
Needless to say, contraceptives are used by millions of unmarried women too, but that’s no one else’s business. Whatever sin is involved is between the sinner and God, not our godly lawmakers.
I really feel angry and frustrated by those who insist on passing laws to govern the sex lives of strangers. Apparently it doesn’t occur to them that they are adding another heavy layer to the burdens already borne by people on the lowest rungs of the economic ladder. Life is already terribly unfair – why add to the unfairness so unnecessarily?