And now the next Next Frontier: the sterilization mandate
In all the discussion about the shocking and tyrannical federal mandate that every private employer, university, and insurer in America must provide free contraceptives and abortifacients (drugs that cause abortion, a.k.a. the Morning After Pill) for every woman who wants them, I somehow missed (or the fact was never reported) that the same mandate requires free sterilization for every woman who wants it.
I became aware of the development this evening by coming upon the CNS article linked below, but I have not been able to find a mainstream media news story saying when and how this mandate was announced.
Thus, on the first two pages of Google results for “sterilization obamacare” (without quotes) there are no stories from mainstream media organs. It seems the mainstream media are deliberately remaining silent about this development so as to protect the Democrats. Apart from blogs and Christian websites, only one news organ is listed in the search results—a local paper, the Cypress Times, which reports:
On Friday afternoon, when every politician delivers bad news so as to avoid major media coverage, the Obama Administration announced that all student health care plans covering college-age females in the U.S. MUST include paid coverage of sterilization surgery.Friday afternoon was March 16. But a statement by the U.S. Catholic bishops on March 14 refers to:
… the now-finalized rule of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that would force virtually all private health plans nationwide to provide coverage of sterilization and contraception—including abortifacient drugs—subject to an exemption for “religious employers” that is arbitrarily narrow, and to an unspecified and dubious future “accommodation” for other religious organizations that are denied the exemption.A search of the New York Times (using the parameter site:nytimes.com) for “sterilization” turns up ZERO stories about a sterilization mandate. Ditto a search at CNN (site:cnn.com).
The fullest story on the subject, dated today, is from the Christian News Service. It has lengthy quotations from a couple of Democratic House members about the sterilization mandate. But the story treats the mandate itself as already old news; the focus is on the Democrats’ denial that the mandate for free sterilization pushes women to have sterilization.
Obviously, the logic for making sterilization free for every woman in America is the same as the logic mandating free contraceptives. Different people have different ways of explaining it. Here is mine. For women to be truly equal with men in the pursuit of their desires and the fulfillment of their hopes and plans, they must be no more subject to the possibility of unwanted pregnancy than men are. Therefore every and any means of preventing or ending pregnancy must be provided to all women of childbearing age. Further, since women’s full equality with men, and thus their full humanity, depends on their being free of the danger of pregnancy, anti-pregnancy measures including sterilization transcend all other health issues and—unlike treatment for actual diseases, no matter how grave—must be totally subsidized by society. Because this is a matter of women’s very humanity, no compromise is allowed. Any opposition to totally free female sterilization is “anti-woman” and proof of a “war against women” which aims at putting women back in the Dark Ages, i.e., before the 1965 Griswold v. Connecticut decision.
I’ve been saying for the last couple of weeks that liberalism has suddenly morphed into hyperliberalism moving at hyperspeed, and that every day a new liberal shock is upon us. This morning I discussed the New York University professor of bioethics who wants to engineer the human body (e.g., making it smaller) so that it will cause less environmental disruption. But my remark about one shock a day was an understatement.
Daniel S. writes:
Liberalism is only now showing its true colors. Despite all of the talk about women’s rights, reproductive rights, etc., the underlying motivation here is eugenics and population control, especially in relation to, though not exclusively for, the white middle class. Abortion, birth control, and sterilization have little to do with liberating or empowering women, and those who engineered the introduction of these items into society knew this and had no other intention than the implementation of the eugenics\population control agenda. [LA replies: As I understand it, that is also Laura Wood’s view of the matter.]Kristor writes:
In general, insanity is totally logical, once you have entered its moral universe.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at March 19, 2012 10:59 PM | Send