by Andrea Elizabeth
The most troubling statement in the secretary of health and human services, Kathleen Sebelius’ defense of Obama’s new requirement that employers provide birth control coverage is that ‘birth control is necessary for women’s health’. This is an overreaching statement. If it is necessary for some women’s health, it is going too far to say it is necessary for women’s health in general. Pharmaceutical birth control has been around for less than 100 years, so how can it be necessary? The idea that consequence-less sex is a right for every woman regardless of age or marital status is a misconception only held since the ’60’s.
One of the best explanations about the difference between liberals and conservatives is brought out in Bill Moyer’s interview: “How Do Conservatives and Liberals See the World“. Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt cautions against vilification of the other side, but also points out what is necessary for humanity – rules, clarity, consequences, and stability.