This diary entry largely has to deal with another article’s assertions about conservatives needing some rudimentary sex education. That article was penned by Amanda Marcotte who fancies herself an “expert” on all things sexual. Titled “Six Conservatives Who Desperately Need a High School Sex Ed Class,” it lists some interesting points from around the country starting with a state representative (I believe in Missouri) questioning a pro-choice doctor about telemedicine and abortions. I confess that until reading this article, I had no idea that Minnesota and Iowa allowed medically-induced (non-surgical) abortions via remote television hook ups. As it supposedly works, the woman visits a clinic and consults with a nurse or medical assistant, and is given an ultrasound and some lab work. If it is determined that the woman should have an abortion, they then consult, via remote hook-up, with a doctor who presses a computer key and gives the woman access to pills that are taken in front of the doctor via Skype. She then takes another pill 24-48 hours later at home in order to induce the abortion.
Because 48 states disallow this practice, Marcotte and others seem to find this distressing. To them, this is denying women the right to an abortion because they happen to live a distance from a licensed clinic. What got her goat here is the state representative asking if the same can be done in the case of a pregnancy. That is, could the doctor be cut out of the equation and consult only via Skype or the like. Its amazing that the same Left that brought you child-proof aspirin bottles and a host of other things designed to protect us from ourselves would also be so lackadaisical when it comes to abortion. It is amazing how they demand so much more informed consent to remove a benign growth than they require to terminate a pregnancy down to the impersonal interaction between a doctor and patient on a television screen.
She then moves on to Todd Akin who once characterized women as “incubators.” Actually, he said that a woman’s uterus was such, but Marcotte, in time-honored Leftist fashion, extrapolates from there and then changes the subject to pregnancy being a complex medical fact that affects a woman’s appearance… and feet. Fact: babies develop in a uterus. Fact: women can live without a uterus. Fact: putting the two together- a uterus is essential for a baby to develop. Fact: the only reason a woman has a uterus and the associated hormones is for child development and birth. Fact: In effect, the female’s uterus is an incubator. What she portrays as Akin’s ignorance is actually her stupidity and ignorance of anatomical and physiological fact. Perhaps, Marcotte could benefit from a class in anatomy and physiology.
Exhibit 3 on her hit list is John Kyl who she claims tried to shut down the government over funding Planned Parenthood. He may have overstated the case that 97% of their business is abortions. Statistics indicate they provide a wide variety of women’s health services such as Pap smears, contraception, STD exams and screenings, etc. But, one has to look to the name of the organization and realize that abortion also plays a role in their bottom line. Regardless, government money directed to Planned Parenthood frees up other funds to perform abortions. Thus, government money indirectly subsidizes abortions performed by Planned Parenthood. Instead of conservatives attending a high school sex ed class (and by the way, its called “health class” these days), perhaps Marcotte should attend an elementary mathematics class.
She then launches into a fourth belief she ascribes to the Right that contraception is abortion and, naturally, indicts the Supreme Court majority in the Hobby Lobby decision. At issue in that case were four drugs out of 23 that Hobby Lobby objected to because they were “abortificents-” that is, compounds that basically killed a fertilized egg. She then makes an erroneous assertion that conservatives are opposed to birth control pills which many conservatives are not opposed to (at least those I know). In fact, she ascribes to millions of people a false impression she harbors as the truth. Here, I would suggest a college level class in logic for Amanda Marcotte.
She attacks Rick Santorum benefactor Foster Friess for an old joke he told on MSNBC: “In my days, women took two aspirin and held it between their knees to keep from getting pregnant.” After skewering him with facts on premarital sex and contraception availability “in his day,” she misses the entire point. I defy Marcotte or anyone else to deny that abstinence prevents pregnancy. Whether that should be the “be-all-end-all” of the discussion is another story and one that I believe denies reality. There has been and will always be premarital sex and there has been and will be various forms of contraception, including abstinence. As I have stated on many occasions, I would rather see an unwanted pregnancy prevented rather than an unwanted pregnancy aborted.
Finally, she somehow equates a statement about being married (or not) as somehow connected to women’s health. I am not quite sure what she was going for here, but if she is denying that marriage has several advantages over abortion, then no amount of schooling will help Marcotte. That is because people like her view women’s health and women’s rights strictly through the prism of abortion politics. If you are not pro-choice, then you are against women in this view. Using that same logic class, wouldn’t that make Marcotte a hypocritical, stupid rube? It is not that conservative men or women are against women’s health, but one has to ask what Marcotte has against the unborn.