Tag: Contraception

Join Jim and Greg as they hammer Joe Biden for promising to force the Little Sisters of the Poor and others to include contraception coverage for employees, regardless of their personal beliefs. They also slam New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for shredding the first amendment by banning large gatherings except for Black Lives Matter protesting. And they wonder whether there will be football in September as the Big Ten kills its non-conference schedule and the NFL seems destined for a major labor fight.

With all the news still going on about the coronavirus, the guys decided to discuss several issues that aren’t directly related to the pandemic.

First up is the contraceptive mandate in Obamacare. The Trump administration relaxed the rules for having to provide them for employees and appeals court stopped it. The Supreme Court took up the issue. Also, the Super PAC called The Lincoln Project released an ad called, “Mourning in America,” a take on Ronald Reagan’s famous reelection ad from 1984, except this one is a direct shot at President Trump, who didn’t take it very well. The guys also discuss Josh Hawley’s op-ed in the New York Times calling for the abolishment of the World Trade Organization.

Questions for Men and Women

 

Why do so many women and men treat woman’s fertility as a sickness? Why do so many (oh, so many) people ask a person who is pregnant if she or her husband are planning to get “fixed” after the birth of the expected child, as though her fertility is a sign something is broken?

Why are so many ob/gyn offices festooned with posters, pencils, pens, mugs, clipboards, paperweights, lights, boxes, calendars, and charts manufactured by companies that make contraceptive pharmaceuticals?

Supreme Court Rules Vegan Restaurants in California Are Not Required to Give Diners Menus to Neighborhood Steak Restaurants

 

Well, not really, but that was the analogy I made in this post last November on the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra case where the state of California obliges pro-life pregnancy counseling centers seeking to encourage women not to have abortions to post the following notice:

California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services (including all FDA-approved methods of contraception), prenatal care, and abortion for eligible women. To determine whether you qualify, contact the county social services office at [phone number of the local office].

California to Require Vegan Restaurants to Give Diners Menus to Neighborhood Steak Restaurants

 

Well, not really — that will never happen. But, according to Russell Shaw, the Supreme Court will be hearing a not dissimilar case (National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra) where the state obliges pro-life pregnancy counseling centers seeking to encourage women not to have abortions to post the following notice:

California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services (including all FDA-approved methods of contraception), prenatal care, and abortion for eligible women. To determine whether you qualify, contact the county social services office at [phone number of the local office].

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Mona Charen noticed. So did Mollie Z. Hemingway. They are close readers of our mass media journalism. They called them out this week for bias.  The Leftist mass media reported on an important and long-awaited Supreme Court ruling. They were clearly disappointed in the ruling, but they gave the facts. What Mona and Mollie noticed […]

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I’m accustomed to being isolated politically. When I lived in San Francisco, for example, I was not only president of the Bay Area Republicans Club but I was also the member. Other places I’ve lived – Wheaton, Illinois, Boulder and Denver, Colorado, Herne, Germany and Long Beach, California have only reinforced to me the truth […]

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I would like to offer a bit of encouragement to a certain segment of men. I’m uncertain how this will be received, and afraid that this encouragement may seem small or insignificant. It means something to me and so I offer it here for everyone’s consideration. It is for any man who feels envious (or negative […]

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Good Science is Hard to Do

 

shutterstock_129864713Megan McArdle’s evisceration of the idea that government subsidies for contraception have been proven to reduce abortion rates is something every conservative should study and take notes on. I commend the whole piece, especially her conclusion on one of the most-cited studies in favor of the more-contraceptives-less-abortions argument:

[The researchers] tell you that Colorado gave out LARCs [long-acting reversible contraceptives]; they tell you that birthrates and abortions fell. They don’t dwell on the simultaneous fall in these areas at the national level, which is somewhat mysterious but may be fallout from the financial crisis. They have no way to establish causality except for an inadequate control group that doesn’t even show a substantial difference in teen abortion rates, a fact that they appear to have forgotten in other sections of the paper. (They also mention that the overall decline in Colorado’s birthrates was concentrated among low-income women in the studied counties, but that’s not actually very interesting, because early motherhood and unintended pregnancy are also concentrated among low-income women.)
The authors basically concede that they cannot come close to establishing causality, because the summary conclusion is a weasel: LARCs may contribute to a decline in fertility and abortion among high-risk women. How much? We don’t know, but look at the pretty graphs!

A lack for appreciation for just how difficult it is to produce good research is among the most dangerous aspects of the study-loving, “Science!” boosters on the left. Conducting a rigorous, well-researched, falsifiable experiment that holds up to scrutiny and offers anything approaching a meaningful addition to human knowledge is devilishly difficult under the best of circumstances. It’s massively more complicated when one’s subjects are thinking, adaptable, stubborn, difficult-to-control human beings.

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“It’s strange how even the most ardent environmentalists suddenly go silent when confronted with evidence of how birth-control pills harm aquatic ecosystems. Instead of angry calls for the regulation of a pollutant that is causing a ‘silent spring’ of hermaphroditic fish unable to breed, we hear nothing,” said Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research […]

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One of the things that convinced me of the truth of the claims of the Catholic Church is its view of human sexuality and marriage. I found it very beautiful, compelling, and a proclamation of truth. Once I understood the teaching, I thought to myself, “If the Catholics are right about this, what else are […]

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Can a Catholic Support Deregulation of The Pill?

 

On this week’s flagship podcast, Rick Wilson predicted a win for the GOP in Colorado’s senate race this year. The polls and my gut tell me he’s right. Republicans have a great candidate in Rep. Cory Gardner, while Democrats are saddled with Sen. Mark Udall, who has hitched his wagon to President Obama’s agenda on every issue from gun rights to fracking. Udall has run his campaign on exactly one theme (I was one of the lucky ones to be push-polled on it): Gardner wants to take away women’s choice to abort, even in cases of rape and incest. Even the Denver Post called it “an insult” to the voters.

319px-Cory_Gardner,_Official_Portrait,_112th_CongressI’m thrilled to vote for Gardner next week. We’ve had a political dry spell here in Colorado when it comes to savvy Republican candidates. The up-the-leg tingle that made me an enthusiastic Gardner supporter was his counter-attack on Udall’s “anti-woman” message. Gardner proposed making the Pill over-the-counter. His proposal is sensible, timely, and tactically brilliant. He even managed to put Planned Parenthood in the awkward position of opposing greater access to cheap, safe, effective contraception for women. Imagine that.

“Stop Gun Control Against Women!”

 

During the 2012 election, the Democratic Party hit on a poweful message: that the GOP is waging a War on Women by — as they tell it — restricting access to contraceptives, condoning workplace discrimination, and showing indifference to rape victims. These positions are, of course, deeply dishonest: Republicans opposed Democratic efforts to create new subsidies for contraceptives; Democratic claims about income disparity have been repeatedly debunked; and even Todd Akin’s notoriously ham-handed and factually inaccurate comments about rape were intentionally twisted to mean something he very obviously did not say.

Figuring out how to combat this narrative — and, more broadly, how to find ways to make the GOP more appealing to younger, single women who don’t live in deep red states — is not a new discussion on Ricochet. Stipulating that we don’t want to fall into the trap of fighting the last campaign all over again, it’s an idea we need to combat.

Being Right Is Never Enough: Open Carry Advocacy Edition

 

Starbucks-courtesy-Starbucks-Facebook-Page-500x330In the most recent GLoP Culture podcast, John Podhoretz said:

There is a risk on the horizon of a return to a 2012 rope-a-dope on the part of the Democrats that the Republicans may be falling into. And that has to do with the response to the Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case…

The question is, are Democrats going to go very, very hard on the issue of contraception, and paying for contraception, and government supporting contraception, and all of that, and will this then cause the Right to react the way the Right did to Sandra Fluke [and stoke the War on Women narrative]?

OTC Contraceptives: The Best Solution For All

 

Yesterday, my Facebook feed was filled with talk about the Hobby Lobby decision, with conservatives shouting hallelujahs and liberals wailing and rending their garments. I tried commenting on existing threads, but — this being Facebook and not Ricochet — the conversation predictably got nasty and stupid. Many of my conservative friends thought this incredibly narrow decision was a great victory for religious liberty and freedom of conscience (which is vastly overblown), while my lefty friends acted as if we had just re-passed the Comstock Laws (which is patently absurd).

This morning, I took a different tack and started my own thread. I posted a link to an excellent article on The Federalist that argued that making some forms of contraceptives available over-the-counter (OTC) is the best solution for all. I summarized the article in a way that (I hoped) would appeal widely:

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I don’t want to distract from Tom Meyers’ contraception thread by asking this question there, as it’s only peripherally related. It’s a simple question, but I suspect that the answer is not so simple. Even now, decades after “the pill” became a normal regimen for young women whether they are sexually active or not, do […]

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