Is There A Pill For Stupid?

I like shopping at Hobby Lobby. I have spent many thousands of dollars there over the years and I will probably continue to do so.

I also respect an individual’s right to stand up for what they believe in, even if I don’t agree with their point of view. Further, I do not believe the government should have it’s hand in religion or that religion should have any part in government. The details of that are another post for another time.

However, I have been shocked, hurt, and upset by many of the comments I have seen posted about the Supreme Court ruling today. The ruling itself, silly as it is, does not bother me so much as these responses from the public.

And so I ask:

For everyone lauding this as a win for religious freedom, when was the last time you personally offered assistance, love, and acceptance to an unwed mother? You haven’t? Then YOU are part of the problem here. YOU are part of the reason women choose to abort a baby rather than face the ridicule and scorn of carrying that baby to term. Sex happens, forced or consensual. You have not done a very good job stopping that over the centuries…and you won’t.

Plan B is available over the counter without a prescription for very little cost. This ruling is going to do nothing to limit access to that.

For a good lay discussion about IUDs, read this article on IUDs from the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. While IUDs affect the lining of the uterus there is no proof that it causes “abortions”. It acts primarily by blocking sperm from reaching an egg.

But in the end, this is not just about possible abortifacients. This is on a larger level about access to any contraception which many religious groups consider sinful and for some women is life saving. I deal with this in real life every day in my practice. I can name dozens of situations where birth control has prevented suffering, prevented surgeries, and yes…saved lives. I have many who under current insurance coverage cannot afford contraception for these needs. There are even more who cannot afford it just to prevent pregnancy so they rely on Plan B.

You really want to limit abortions? Prevent pregnancy by providing contraception.

What really bothers me, though, is that this has become a question of morality. Who are any of us to stand in judgement over someone, not knowing the details of their circumstances? Wasn’t that the point Christ made when he said, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone?”

Now, let’s talk about sin.

Let’s assume for the sake of argument, though I feel otherwise, that taking birth control for abortion or for pregnancy prevention is a sin. Is access to birth control the sin? Must we limit all access to it because it might be used by someone for birth control even though it has many other uses (like prevention of endometrial cancer in polycystic ovarian disease)? Or is actually taking the birth control with the intent to prevent pregnancy or cause an abortion the sin? Where is the line drawn? What if it was decided that eating sunflower seeds was sinful? Is being a sunflower farmer sinful since he is providing access? Some of those seeds might be eaten by someone, you know. Or is the individual eating the sunflower seeds the one sinning?

Must we take away a woman’s right to decide what is right or wrong in her own circumstances? Is she so stupid that she cannot do that for herself? Is it necessary to protect her from the consequences of her own decisions?

And so I leave you with this:

“Of all the evils for which man has made himself responsible, none is so degrading, so shocking or so brutal as his abuse of the better half of humanity; the female sex.” Mahatma Gandhi

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32 thoughts on “Is There A Pill For Stupid?

  1. It’s a crazy world run by even crazier people.
    I couldn’t help notice the quote too -“Of all the evils for which man has made himself responsible, none is so degrading, so shocking or so brutal as his abuse of the better half of humanity; the female sex.” Mahatma Gandhi
    Ironically Ghandi was not so fair on women himself. When offered a drug for his ailing wife he refused, it was against his principles. She died. Later he needed the same medication, and took it.

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  2. Doctor, I am 80 years old. I know many families that have sick people of any age and they don’t have money to buy necessary medicines. Why is it more important to give taxpayers’ money to healthy women than to sick people?
    You also did not understand the decision of the Supreme Court. It does not forbid our government to provide money to women if it feels like this.
    Are you aware that retirees from other countries come here and get free housing, free medical insurance, free food and everything else and at the same time many retired Americans live in poverty?

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    • Thank you for your comment! There are many social ills in our country and this post is only addressing one single issue. But since you asked the question about supplying drugs to healthy women and not supplying them to those that are ill, the idea behind the ACA was to help improve access to healthcare across the board. I have many patients who have been able to finally treat their diabetes and high blood pressure adequately now that they can get coverage for their medications. It HAS helped in that respect, even if there are other issues with that legislation. But let’s talk about the cost of a pregnancy, childbirth, well child visits and immunizations over a lifetime. If you want to break it down into a purely money saving issue, prevent pregnancy with a few dollars a month so you can invest those tens of thousands of dollars you would have spent on the healthcare of a pregnant woman and the child on those ill people that have already been born. Seems like a better investment, right? As for the federal government providing those drugs when an employer does not want to cover them…that is a much larger discussion.

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      • You are right that we have many problems. One of the worst is inability of the government to work efficiently and to choose sequence of right actions. Did you forget that 500 billions were taken from Medicare to provide insurance for people who are illegal immigrants or did not want to buy insurance?
        Did you forget what was happening in the department of VA? How could it happen that for years the department did not work properly and there were deaths of veterans due to delays and cover-ups? Where were all government officials?

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      • Agreed. That is why when someone says the government will provide contraception, I laugh. Their track record is abysmal, as anyone who has had to wrestle with Medicare on the behalf of patients can tell you. But allowing employers to opt out is most certainly not going to solve the problem, either.

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  3. A brave post. And, of course, I agree with you. I love America. It is an amazing country in so many ways but the relationship you have with guns and religion and even gendre roles is bizzare and stunted. When I read your blog I am heartened to find that the America’s culture of willfull ignorance is only one aspect of your amazing country.

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    • My own family is the worst with their views on this and they are the most irritating. They lead very sheltered closed lives and cannot see how this ruling could possibly negatively impact them in any way. Truthfully, it took me four years of medical school and three years of residency training and seeing a hell of a lot of suffering to come to understand that the views I had been fed growing up were completely wrong. Thanks for being so optimistic about the US, though!

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  4. Great post, very brave, I fully support your comments. I had tubal ligation at 27 as I didn’t want children and I worried about the future availability of contraception. I am now 66 and don’t ever regret that decision but I’ll bet there are a few “pro-life” who would condemn that decision. I have noticed that those who are “pro-life” also don’t help single mothers, only condemn them, and they also seem to support wars which is ironic because war certainly couldn’t be called “pro-life”. I don’t live in the US but look in amazement sometimes at those who call themselves religious yet have no passing relationship with love, tolerance and compassion. Mind you, the US isn’t the only country to which this applies!

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  5. Beautiful and courageous post! I have sometimes wondered if a terminated pregnancy is really worse than a child born and grows up feeling unwanted. I had a miscarraige at 22 weeks, then I had a successful pregnancy, and I terminated a later pregnancy. I have been through all the emotions and feel so lucky that the overwhelming feelings and decision making were mine to handle and not controlled by anyone else.

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  6. What a terrific article, full of reasonable, intelligent, lucid arguments, and I’m in agreement with every word, as are most of the commenters here. It’s my sincere hope that you might have changed, or will change, some other minds out there. I will definitely recommend your post to others! Good work!

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  7. No one can tell any one else what to do or how to do it!! I am not a proponent of abortion or birth cotrol but I judge no one who is, ever! That’s not our place at all! And to condemn the doctor is absurd!

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  8. Really enjoy this post especially given your field of work. It beats me all the time why religion is always used as reason not to have abortion, seriously? And thanks for that Gandhi’s, just noticing it for the first time! 🙂

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