With apologies to Sadly, No!,
Shorter Mona Charen, National Review Online
- Birth control is cheap! Make the sluts pay for it on their own.
- Logic, logical fallacy; what’s the difference!
Not going to go over this line by line, but there is a few things I’d like to touch on.
(Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate) ought to offend all sensible Americans for its sheer economic and moral fatuousness. In this case, “moral” refers to moral hazard — i.e., unintentionally encouraging bad behavior.
“Bad behavior.” No matter what economic and religious freedom arguments the right fills the media with, always remember that the true problem conservatives have with birth control is that they believe sex is bad behavior.
Some percentage of these women will have unintended pregnancies anyway, because the reason they didn’t use contraceptives was not that they couldn’t afford them, but that they were irresponsible. According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, only 12 percent of women cited cost or availability as the reason for not using contraception. And even that figure is suspect. Considering 1) the price of condoms; 2) that Americans spend $110 billion on fast food every year; and 3) that no one who winds up unintentionally pregnant wants to admit that she was careless or stupid, the 12 percent figure deserves skepticism.
Wait. What the fuck does the amount of money Americans spend on fast food have to do with anything? And ask any poor person how cheap condoms are on an extremely limited budget. She’s trying to make that 12% figure suspect by suggesting that they are lying irresponsible sluts.
There are lots of real diseases, though, for which medicine probably does save money on net: anti-seizure drugs come to mind, insulin, blood-pressure-reducing medicines, and blood thinners. Come to think of it, why would a doctor prescribe any drug if not to ward off a serious illness or condition? When drugs reduce the incidence of serious diseases, it’s good for everyone, not least the patient himself. By the logic of the Obama administration, all drugs that reduce illnesses should be provided “free” by insurance companies.
Logic? Mona, I do not think that word means what you think it does. Anyone want to play “Name that Logical Fallacy”?
2012: Fuck Women, Vote Republican!