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There were consternation from many last week as ProgressNow Colorado rolled out its latest ad promoting Obamacare.
The ad shows a woman holding a packet of birth control pills, while a suave-looking young man stands next to her with his arm around her waist.
In a statement to the press, Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo, said that he found the ad demeaning to women, and that it said “a lot about what they think about young women.” He went on to say the ad is nothing more than an attempt to put a pretty face on a program that is clearly not working.
Amy Runyon-Harms, director of ProgressNow Colorado, told the Denver Post that the point of the ads is to “raise awareness, and that’s what we’re doing.” Any further attention—positive or negative—Runyon-Hams considers a bonus.
Recently, the country has heard more than once from feminist groups about how women ought to be seen more than as objects of sexual gratification. However, Rep. Gardner’s comments is likely to be ignored by the likes of the National Organization for Women (NOW) because it comes from Conservatives. After all, Conservatives hate women, right?
He is also commenting on how the Left, and the administration, will do whatever it takes to make a program that is failing appear great. But the good representative misses the real problem, and that is the ad exemplifies an unspoken message. When you read, “My health insurance covers the pill, which means all I have to worry about is getting him between the covers,” the implication seems to be that now that she has insurance, she does not need to worry about getting pregnant.
This is the premise that the Left has been foisting onto the public for years. That the reason we have so many unwanted pregnancies is because birth control is not available, and is not free. It was the unspoken belief behind the Sandra Fluke episode. Fluke became a Liberal darling after radio talk host Rush Limbaugh called her a slut, for her assertion that women should have a right to free birth control. As the controversy raged on, you could listen to many radio and television programs with liberals making the case that free birth control saves money, because there would be fewer pregnancies.
There were 1.4 million abortions last year. The idea that those pregnancies would have not happened if only Obamacare and its free pills were around is nonsense. Before Obamacare, millions of American women had birth control coverage through their employer health care plans. The average co-payment for a 30 day supply was $25-$30 dollars. Who does not have that much money within a month if they are working? Or said in another way, how much does an average pair of high-heeled shoes cost? How much does it cost for a woman to get her hair done? How much does the average working woman spend on lunch within a month?
If a woman can afford any of the items just mentioned, then she can afford birth control pills. But let’s say she just cannot do without any of those items. Fine, how about a woman slinking up to her man on the couch, and saying “Baby, if we skip dinner this weekend, and you just give me some money for birth control, then you won’t have to wear a condom.” What man would say no?
Okay, well maybe the woman has a low paying job. Maybe she does not have a job. So what? Today, you can go to Target and buy generic birth control pills for ten bucks a month. Ten bucks!
The reality is that women do not get pregnant because they cannot afford birth control. They get pregnant, because they choose not to use it. They choose NOT to make the man wear the aforementioned condom. It comes down to poor choices.
However, the people behind the Obamacare ad, Sandra Fluke, and every Left leaning women’s organization do not want that message out there. They do not want to look at personal responsibility. They want to send the message that getting pregnant is something that happens to women in the way cancer happens to people. Through no fault of their own.
Nothing that happens to a woman today is in any way their responsibility. That is the insidious message of the ad. Its never anything that you do, it is always about what you do not have. This is the argument the Left uses for nearly everything, but it is especially egregious when it comes to pregnancy. That is one area, where you have the most control over a possible outcome, but they have successfully taken the idea of control from women.
Which is an interesting irony for the women’s empowerment movement. A woman has total power today, if, someone gives them the tools to have it first.