Birth Control Really Isn’t Health Care In The First Place

Considering I kinda wrote a book about how hormonal birth control is health destruction rather than health care, I like what Kate here has to say so much that I’m reblogging. I get that the Hobby Lobby Haters are convinced the best way to serve women is to have a group help us pay for our birth control, and I believe most of them are sincerely convinced that anything else is sexist. As a woman, however, especially one with hormonal health problems… I beg Team Hobby Lobby Haters to consider Kate’s words. I’ll pray for softened hearts all around. If you can, please pray for my peace in the face of such hatred as well. It’s troubling.

Kathleen M. Basi

It is no secret to anyone who reads this blog that I am a not a fan of birth control.  I think it’s unconscionable that women have been expected to suppress or perhaps even damage a healthy, normal part of who they are in the interest of unrestricted sex. Contraception has led to an expectation that women must be sexually available at all times. And it has facilitated relational dysfunctions like the hookup culture, which could not possibly exist without it.

I don’t normally comment on things political, but given this passion, I do want to make one observation in the wake of the supreme court decision earlier this week.

Birth control occupies an unusual, perhaps even unique, place in medicine. The purpose of medicine is to fix what is wrong with a human body, and birth control does not fix a woman’s health. In fact, it inhibits the normal…

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3 comments

  1. I suffer from endometriosis. I was taking it to alleviate the symptoms associated with it when other problems cropped up (migraines, insomnia, depression). Instead of considering the birth control as a factor, I was prescribed other medicines to treat the outcropping of symptoms. When I finally put two and two together, I singly and without recommendation by my then doctor, stopped taking it. Funny, I don’t suffer from any of the extra symptoms. The symptoms of endometriosis are still there, but I know the decision to perpetuate the system that is birth control and it’s rampant prescription, not to mention it’s a no-no in the Catholic Church I can manage those symptoms. I can’t even have children anymore so it’s not like the birth control was doing it’s “job”. The whole thing is an ugly business, a downward spiral of side effects that feed the pharmaceutical industry. And I am not political. Ever. But, this…my diagnosis, and my personal struggle with reproduction? That’s for me to speak on all day. Thank you for re blogging so I could read it. 🙂 #youdownwith3op

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    1. If you and I don’t have a dog in this fight, I don’t know who does. I too suffer from endo [in case Don’t You Forget About Me made that unclear 😛 ] in addition to other hormonal imbalances. If I hadn’t seen the red flags thrown up by the Church about the dangers inherent in The Pill (yes, even for medicinal use, though that is morally permissible), I would never have found the NaPro practicioners who have actually gotten my problems to subside. Admittedly, the adhesions I probably have may make it impossible for me to have any more children, but NaPro treatment is more than just fertility. With it, I’ve likely decreased my chances of breast & other cancers and have otherwise improved my overall health. Throwing a Pill at me would have healed nothing. Telling women that a Pill created to destroy a health process is “health care”… why can’t people see what an insult to our intelligence this is? It breaks my heart, and the vitriol I’m seeing from my liberal friends is just downright chilling. Give us softer hearts, Lord. We beg you.

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