Losing Credibility With One Partisan Snipe
I had no idea who Amy Phillips Bursch was before today. She works for some population control outfit called, Population Connection. She wrote a piece called ‘Contraception Without Co-Pays: Good for Women and the Planet’ expressing her view of the benefits of the contraception mandate buried in Obamacare, aka The Affordable Care act.
The bulk of the piece is devoted largely to offering up facts and figures about population control and how this mandate will help. For example:
First up: Women. It’s not just the childless by choice who benefit from contraception. Birth control allows women to wait to have babies until they’re ready. When women can plan and appropriately space their pregnancies, they and their babies are healthier. According to the reproductive health gurus at the Guttmacher Institute, “Women whose pregnancies are planned are more likely to receive timely prenatal care. They are less likely to smoke or drink during pregnancy, and more likely to breast-feed once their baby is born.” That’s good stuff.
The typical American woman only wants two children. Contraception allows families to have the number of children they’re comfortable raising–and give those children the best possible shot at success. A child who’s received good health care and a great education is more likely to grow up to be a productive member of society. That helps entire nations succeed–and in our complex, interconnected global economy, we need as much success as we can get.
Again, I don’t agree with the mandate, but all she is doing here is making the case based on an issue that is obviously passionate about. I can respect that even if I don’t agree with it.
But then we get to this:
Sounds great, right? Not to everyone, unfortunately. The tentacles of sexism are long and tightly wrapped around societies – including ours. The collective right-wing freakout over the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate is only the latest example. While many of us see women’s equality as an inalienable right, powerful interests see it as a threat. That’s why we can’t rest. We have to keep fighting the forces that would be happy to see all women barefoot and pregnant and confined to making sandwiches in the world’s kitchens.
Emphasis mine. That is where she lost credibility on anything she had written previously. In one fell swoop she declares that opposition to the mandate is driven not by any free market concerns or concerns over the strong arm of government forcing companies and organizations to provide and pay for services in their health care plans they do no agree with but rather by us knuckle dragging, cave dwelling troglodytes along with our subversive barefoot and pregnant wives (who better be in the kitchen making me a turkey sandwich as I write this. Bitch.) who are too meek and helpless to oppose what we believe.
I called her out on this claiming this assertion of hers was “horseshit” and she responded to me this way:
— Amy Phillips Bursch (@APBBlue) August 1, 2012
Notice she backs of her initial assertion and now says, “in part.” Well why not write that to begin with? Why not say, “Some of the opposition to this mandate is in part, driven by sexism.” No, she had to use the blanket accusation, throwing out the sexism charge and then applying it to the “collective right wing freakout over the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate.”
If you believe something is good public policy, then make your case and be done with it. If you don’t want to invite accusations of writing horseshit, then stop writing horseshit.