One thing Republicans are masters at is trying to mask their real intentions under the guise of something else. They hide their attempts to pass legislation that benefits the rich under the myth that “tax cuts create jobs.” If they want to support their oil buddies they say something like, “We need energy independence!” Whenever they want to keep minorities from voting they do so under the lie of “preventing voter fraud.”
Even in this contraceptive debate going on right now with Hobby Lobby (and other institutions who agree with them) it’s really not about birth control. In fact, it has nothing to do with birth control.
It’s about sex.
Right-wing conservatives like to pretend that most people wait until marriage to have sex. A notion that’s so preposterous that it’s hard to say nowadays without laughing. They also have this belief that the more people have access to birth control, the more sex they will have. They don’t care that for many women things like birth control are prescribed for health reasons. Oh, no. For them, it’s all about sex.
Again, they’re assuming that birth control is a determining factor of a person’s sexual activity. Sure, the lack of birth control might eliminate a sexual event, but not someone becoming sexually active. In fact, the lack of contraceptives really only does one thing. It increases the likelihood that two people will have sex without using them, which undoubtedly raises the odds of women experiencing unplanned pregnancies.
And what do unplanned pregnancies lead to more of? That’s right, abortions.
See how foolish it is for Republicans to oppose access to contraceptives?
But this is all about sex, and to a lesser extent control over women. Conservatives long for the “good ol’ days” where men ran everything, women listened to the men, and you waited until marriage before you had sex. Though, even during our most conservative times, many people still didn’t wait until marriage.
That’s what this is all about. Conservatives are uncomfortable with the idea that some people use contraceptives and then proceed to have sex, and they’re going to do everything they possibly can to prevent it – even if those actions don’t prevent people having sex at all. It’s nothing more than just an illusion in their minds where they somehow believe that denying people access to contraceptives will deter them from having sex.
Then again, that’s where most Republican ideological beliefs reside – in the delusional world that only exists in their minds.