Slut? Who Cares! But Entitled and Lazy For Sure

They say, if you don’t want to polarize your audience against you, you shouldn’t discuss politics, sex, or religion. Well, I’m about to get into all THREE. If you don’t want to read about it, now is the time to jump ship.

Once again, a legitimate legal argument has been hijacked by a stupid and ill-considered attack concerning personal morals. I am, of course, referring to Rush Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” after her testimony before Congress. His remark was reprehensible and well beyond the pale for any public discourse; his listeners and his advertisers should strongly reconsider any association with this boorish loudmouth. All discussion about this issue now centers on the rightful outrage over his idiotic slur.

But, if you take the time to actually read her testimony, you find much of it is fallacious at best, seriously warped by a sense of entitlement at worst. As a former president of the Georgetown Law Students for Reproductive Justice, she is arguing for the right of the government, under Obamacare, to force Georgetown University–a private school founded on religious beliefs by Catholic Jesuit priests–to offer contraception without restrictions to its student body. Contraception is, to put it lightly, frowned upon by the Catholic Church and so, a religiously-affiliated organization like Georgetown places tight restrictions on providing insurance to cover those costs.

These are students, mind you, who voluntarily attend Georgetown. They signed on to learn at a prestigious university and, as such, must follow its tenets. If they don’t like those tenets, then there are plenty of other schools to choose from. Maybe “less prestigious” schools (as she points out) but schools nonetheless…she says that women shouldn’t have to choose between a “quality education and [their health]” so DON’T. Go somewhere with both…I’m sure Harvard Law has no such issues with its medical insurance. Go get a law degree, band together with other like-minded lawyers and educators…and found your OWN school, with plenty of contraception AND good education. And if it makes you feel good, make loud the noise that you consider Georgetown a backwards-leaning, misogynistic bunch of Neanderthals…that’s your free speech right.

Georgetown’s medical insurance is supposed to pay for medically necessary contraception, as Sandra testified in the case of her friend, who needed it to prevent ovarian cysts. But, when she got a prescription, the insurance company refused to pay for it, even harassing her friend about wanting it for contraception. This, too, is an outrage…the company’s charter clearly has an exception built in for medical reasons. If they don’t follow it, they should suffer repercussions.

But does Sandra throw the power of the LSRJ against its corporate wall? Does she organize a letter-writing campaign, or start an “Occupy HMO” protest outside its offices? How about calling the local media, anything in an attempt to shame this company into doing what it’s supposed to do? Does she go find a law professor or Jesuit to help her friend argue her case with this company? Hold a bake sale or seek charitable donations to help pay for the pills? No…she just keeps on going to her classes, taking tests, obviously more concerned with her own budding legal career than her friend’s welfare. Instead, she uses the story in her testimony to Congress, in a blatant attempt to play on sentiment.

She is doing nothing more than a five-year-old child does when pushed by a bully on the playground: run off to the Nanny State, crying about what SHE wants. Never mind the rights of a private institution to follow its own codes…she wants her cake (attending Georgetown) and to eat it too (free contraception for all). Who pays for it? Why, Georgetown of course…meaning the cost is passed on to tuition or the backers of the school, among them the Catholic Church. And if they don’t, well, they’ll be punished (fined) by the government.

Side note: the Hollywood Left is bending over backwards defending Sandra…but why aren’t they dropping any of their own money into funding nonprofit women’s clinics? I’m sure the paychecks from just one season of “The VIew” would fund several clinics for quite some time. The saying is “Put your money where your mouth is” not “put my money where your mouth is”.

I doubt that Sandra would advocate busting into a Mass and taking money right off the collection plate to pay for someone’s morning-after pills. But that is what she is asking for, minus the awkward timing. The university already has a rule allowing people like her friend to get their medication; if the company doesn’t live up to its own fine print, sue them…that is, after all, what we have lawyers for. No, morally, Georgetown is covered…what Sandra is asking for is the unrestricted offer of contraceptives to all, no matter the moral objections of those paying for it.

That’s why calling Sandra a slut is completely beside the point. What she does with her time, her body, is up to her. Someone’s personal sexual behavior is between them and their own conscience. As long as both (or more…I don’t judge) people give consent, of course…we do and should have strong restrictions on sexual assault; making someone do something against their morals without their consent is bad. *ahem*

Making people pay for something they don’t believe in–say, taxation without representation–was one of the foundations of this country. Another foundation was, that if you didn’t like the rules of the autocrat in your own country, you could come here and make a new life for yourself. Now we’re stuck here, though…no frontiers left, I’m afraid. What Sandra Fluke wants is to make the new autocrat dance to her tune…and trample on the rights of private citizens while doing it.

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