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You certainly are sorry, Mister Friess

February 21, 2012

… but you shouldn’t bother to apologize for it.  We’re glad to know what you really think.

Regarding contraceptive funding, Rick Santorum backer Foster Friess recently said “This contraceptive thing, my gosh, it’s so… inexpensive. Back in my days, they used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn’t that costly.” The comment wasn’t as well-received as he expected and now he’s apologizing:

“After listening to the segment tonight, I can understand how I confused people with the way I worded the joke and their taking offense is very understandable,…To all those who took my joke as modern day approach I deeply apologize and seek your forgiveness. My wife constantly tells me I need new material–she understood the joke but didn’t like it anyway–so I will keep that old one in the past where it belongs.”

Yes, he is sorry. He’s sorry he got caught waving his real attitudes toward women around in public where people could see them, and he’s a sorry sack of… patriarchal privilege. No, he wasn’t prescribing aspirin – maybe – but if you watch the whole video he certainly was prescribing an attitude that government should work against women’s health care and autonomy. No one was “confused” by his “joke”.

I’ve got news for him; back in “his day” the assumption of abstinence was even stronger than it is now, and sex-outside-of still happened. It was invented by Mother Nature, not by Democrats. All the religious accretions we’ve piled on since then have a measurable effect all right, but in the opposite direction from what was intended.  For a couple examples, our teen pregnancy and abortion rates are about double that of godless heathen Holland, and the rate of contraceptive use among Catholic women is just about the same as among non-Catholic. In arguments between religion and Nature, religion loses. Nature cannot be fooled but with some effort it can be understood and to some extent used to advantage. We call that understanding “science”.

Republicans talk about morality a lot, and they talk about fiscal responsibility a lot. So I have a couple questions for them.

Is it moral to make life-altering decisions for other citizens while excluding them from the process? Consider the now-famous photo of the Republican panel on contraceptive funding. All men. Somehow this seemed OK to the lawmakers. Don’t forget that image; it wasn’t an aberration. It is the true depiction of Conservative attitudes towards women. Toward you, if you are a woman and toward your mother, your wife, your sister, your  daughter or your female friends if you are a man.

Is it fiscally responsible to ignore the reality that contraceptive funding pays off for everyone? That it’s a net benefit in health AND in health care costs? That it helps families achieve and sustain economic stability? People can’t get married right out of high school anymore – that economy is long gone.

According to Frank Schaeffer, the Conservative movement saw an opportunity in Roe v. Wade, but it has lost itself to the power it gained in the process. A political calculation has taken them off the road they were originally on. They’ve gotten caught up in abstinence-advocacy (good luck with that) and homophobia (welcome to the wrong side of history) and the erosion of the wall between church and state (historical results not encouraging).  And now they’re going after birth control, which is one of the greatest advances for humankind, ever. If we made this story into a movie it would be called “Back To The Patriarchy”.

I am glad they are doing this before the election instead of afterward.  Get it all out in the open, I say. And let’s make sure it sticks to them. Like flypaper.

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  1. Chas, PE SE
    February 22, 2012 at 19:01 | #1

    RE Panel on Contraception: And let’s not forget that the Illinois Legislature has, at least twice, referred contraception legislation to the all male, downstate Agriculture Committee.

  2. WeeDram
    February 25, 2012 at 10:33 | #2

    “I am glad they are doing this before the election instead of afterward. Get it all out in the open, I say.”

    The Harper conservatives in the Great White North hid their true agenda until they obtained a majority government.

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