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Friday, April 20, 2012

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Contraception As A Political Issue...Does This Make Too Much Sense?

Don't get me wrong; I'm definitely for human beings, especially adults having a sense of self-control and discipline when it comes to sexual behavior. However, the reality is that we live in a sexually-obsessed society which helps influence weaker wills with less-than-moral practices in regards to human sexuality. To be blunt, we often allow our hormones, emotions, and cultural mores--distorted though they are--to dictate our sexual behavior.
For some, particularly those from the lower socioeconomic strata of our society, the results can be a [potentially] financial burden for families, as well as society as a whole.
The recent political dust-up regarding the War on Women (reproductive rights) and the issue of contraception is a lot simpler to address and resolve; all it takes is the application of a little reason. Unfortunately, reason is rarely found in either politics or human sexuality. Still, I found a rather insightful Facebook graphic which conveys the simplicity of addressing the issue of contraception, abortion, etc. The only thing needed is for all sides--Republican, Democrats, Evangelicals, women, and men--to put the simplicity of reason into practice. Observe:

3 comments:

  1. Sorry to reply so late as I have been busy and this is the first chance to post a comment.

    Where my thoughts lie with this posting topic are with the issues of the “Extreme Aspects” within the Republican Party.

    Aspects such as:
    1. Georgia legislation trying to redefine rape to reduce women's access to abortion care.
    2. Republicans in South Dakota proposed a bill that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides LEGAL abortion care.
    3. Republicans in Congress currently have a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life.

    4. I would also include the attempt to cut a billion dollars in food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and children. Being a little off topic to the posting but I cannot help to follow up on this last one as we have seen many hold up the examples of “Welfare Queen” abuses. I counter with and give the current examples of families loosing employment due to the economic climate that will cause long term affects with all. Well educated, high moral work ethics, at one time good, simple, working Middle Class families, to no fault of their own, have been thrown into this bad situation. On the other hand there are too many cruel people claiming “Christian Values” but who have the true values of no more than that of “Ebenezer Scrooge” before his enlightenment conversion.

    I see it more appropriate to give the lessons and examples of John Steinbeck’s classic novel, “The Grapes of Wrath.” I think you find more "Christian Value Lessons" in this work.

    I will also pass on the proof that poor health care and diet has been proven through epigenome science recording the chemical changes to the DNA in the histone proteins of past generations showing the affects in the 3rd generations. To explain in a very basic, simple way, and to give examples of; starving children in Ireland at the turn of the 19th century, and their grandchildren being prone to developing diabetes today. There is a “Cause and Affect” element here to be considered.

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  2. As a matter of socioeconomic pragmatism--not control of women--contraception should not only be an available option for women. But for women/families of limited economic means, it should be encouraged. I work daily with children of (some) parents of questionable parental instincts (to be polite). Just as the graphic states, if you cannot afford birth control, then you cannot afford children.
    As a matter or logical (and maybe legal) consistency, both abortion AND the death penalty should be abolished. Most decisions to abort babies are made unilaterally by the woman, ignoring the fact that the babies were not created unilaterally. Whether the woman chooses to have a child or not has long-term ramifications for the father...and as such, he should have some say in what happens to it as a matter of fairness.
    As a matter of self-respect and as an evolved species (questionably anyway), human beings should exhibit more restraint and discipline when it comes to matters of sexuality...and "I was caught up in the moment" or "I'm only human" are NOT viable excuses for weakness.

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  3. I agree a person must show self control sexuality and anything less is NOT an excuse nor justification.

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