File Under: You Have Got to be F%#^%!#! Kidding Me; Sibelius says “Contraception Rule Respects Religion”

Chief of Security– when he’s confused, we’re all confused!

Some days, you run across an article so flaming retarded and transparently deceptive, you have to double-check to make sure you didn’t accidentaly end up at the Onion. . .

But no, in an editorial in USAToday, MiniHealth Head Kathleen Sibelius writes how the recent ruling on contraception and STD testing near me “respects religion.” I suppose she means “respect” in the same way that boys “respect” easy girls in the morning.

Here are some excerpts, with some commentary interspersed.

One of the key benefits of the 2010 health care law is that many preventive services are now free for most Americans with insurance. Vaccinations for children, cancer screenings for adults and wellness visits for seniors are all now covered in most plans with no expensive co-pays or deductibles. So is the full range of preventive health services recommended for women by the highly respected Institute of Medicine, including contraception.

As has been pointed out, treating contraception as “preventive medicine” equates pregnancy with the disease, like the flu. Or Cancer. Like you can contract pregnancy, you can “catch” it from other “infected” girls. . . This is the basic mindset revealed at the very beginning– that children, that life itself, is an affliction that must be prevented.

Today, virtually all American women use contraception at some point in their lives. And we have a large body of medical evidence showing it has significant benefits for their health, as well as the health of their children.

1) Well, not me. My version of birth control is called “Keeping my d@mn legs shut!” Chastity is inexpensive, 100% effective (well, there was that one time, ~2,000 yrs ago, but other than that), and doesn’t involve me dosing myself with synthetic chemicals almost every day for the next several decades of my life.

2) There is also a growing body of evidence that birth control can be harmful to women, their (eventual) children, society, and the environment at large.

But birth control can also be quite expensive, costing an average of $600 a year, which puts it out of reach for many women whose health plans don’t cover it.

$600/year is far, far less than many precriptions. That’s $50/ month. Which is less than the average woman’s monthly clothing/ shoes budget. These days, that’s not even two tanks of gasoline. And, again, most women don’t need the pill. Sometimes, it is used to treat hormonal imbalance issues caused by real, actual diseases– but in those cases, a letter from the doctor explaining the issues, and how temporary use of Birth Control Pills will fix them, will get even Catholic insurance programs to cover it under their prescription coverage.

That’s why in the rule we put forward, we specifically carved out from the policy religious organizations that primarily employ people of their own faith.

Under this specification, Jesus and the Apostles would not have qualified as being “Religious Enough.” Jesus and later the Apostles were known to reach outside their own religion and sects– to Roman Centurions, to Samaritans, the Heathen Greeks . . . Thomas found his way to India, Andrew to Scotland. . .


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Z. Malfoy is a practicing Catholic-with-an-"interesting"-past. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education (Spec. Voice) from Loyola University New Orleans, and has since taken a few business courses to expand her knowledge base. In her free time, she studies belly-dance, alchemy, theology, and various skills related to self-sufficiency. She also enjoys reading science fiction, refreshing her French, and watching anime. She recently started with learning Krav Maga and Russian.
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9 Responses to File Under: You Have Got to be F%#^%!#! Kidding Me; Sibelius says “Contraception Rule Respects Religion”

  1. Now murder’s called contraception
    If it takes place in the womb…
    People with this mindset
    Should end up in that tomb…

    Can abortion be retro-active
    Will that make it okay?
    A “woman’s right to choose”
    But it’s us who have to pay…

    Enough is just enough
    From these lying rotten scumbs
    Go out where they belong
    On the street with all the other bums…


  2. G8rmom7 says:

    Sort off a little off this topic but it just reminded me of my friend (who is coincidentally Catholic) and was about to have her fourth child. She had intended on getting her tubes tied at this point because she had to have another c-section anyway. Her doctor was not Catholic but the hospital he worked at changed to be a Catholic hospital in the middle of her pregnancy and would no longer allow him to do a tubal ligation on her. She was quite stressed about it since she REALLY thought 4 was enough (she also had three girls and this last one was a boy…like me). ANYWAY, she said her doctor was going to have to make up some reason why he had to tie her tubes so they would allow it. While I respect the Catholic church’s decisions, in cases like this, shouldn’t they just allow the doctor to use another hospital for her surgery? I wonder if they do that, but she just hadn’t checked into it or whatever.

    Anyway, when we were in an early appointment during my fourth pregnancy, the loud and definitive answer we gave him when he asked if we wanted to have a tubal after childbirth this time, almost knocked him up against the wall. My husband and I practically screamed “yes” to him. Although if I were in my late 20’s instead of my early 40’s, I would have liked to have more.


    • zmalfoy says:

      “While I respect the Catholic church’s decisions, in cases like this, shouldn’t they just allow the doctor to use another hospital for her surgery? I wonder if they do that, but she just hadn’t checked into it or whatever.”

      From my understanding (my Mom works at a Catholic hospital), Doctors are free to use facilities elsewhere, if that other place allows, if all the insurance, fees, whathaveyou are paid. There are several doctors and surgeons that spend time at various hospitals in the area. Even if not, the Doctor can always give a referral to someone he knows elsewhere.


      • G8rmom7 says:

        Yeah, I figured there had to be something she could do…I think her situation was unique because the hospital changed over literally about a month before she was due so she didn’t have a whole lot of time to resolve it more logically.


        • Aussie says:

          Before going ahead with the tubal ligation though, she really needs to weigh up all of the risks because it does come with some nasty consequences.

          From the Catholic point of view tubal ligation is bad because it means the couple are not being open to pregnancy. There are other possible moral questions to consider…. but this does not always apply.

          And for the record, yes, as a Catholic I had a tubal ligation. I did not discuss it with a priest at the time. Since I had two children in a Catholic hospital I just waited, never mentioned it. Then I waited for about 12 months before talking to my local doctor. I had a good reason: I did not want to go through another pregnancy where I was nauseous for 9 months!! Also, I had to have help in breaking my waters 3 times. There were also other more personal reasons that were behind my decision, and 3 boys were enough to handle!!


    • Zauber says:

      Seemd to me that the doc could have done what the docs at LDS hospitals did when they ran across a LDS mom, worn out after her nth child and begging them for relief : come up with a medical reason to end her bearing days. Generally as long as the reason for the sterilization procedure passes the administration’s sniff test it’ll fly. My wife had a tubal ligation in an LDS hospital – but then we are gentiles to them and the ability to prevent us from breeding might have played a part in their decision.


      • Aussie says:

        the normal way around the problem was to give the woman an hysterectomy after the nth child. Yes, I had heard of mums who claim they were told they had to have an hysterectomy after the birth of the nth child!!


  3. Zauber says:

    “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”


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