Saturday, March 17, 2012

Who needs facts when you have thoughts? Rick Santorum on birth control

Have you ever noticed how republicans use phrases like...I feel" and "I think" and "it seems to me" instead of actual valid facts, figures, and analysis? This is similar to George Bush's infamous "gut feelings" about various issues, and people, including his aggressively off-base feelings about Vladimir Putin. Take Rick Santorum. He has stated that he's against birth control because, well, he's had a lot of thoughts about it. Not driven by medical opinion. Not based on critical research or other data involving health and the population. Nope. Just Rick thoughts.
Not much gray area (or matter) there: Rick Santorum thinks birth control is very, very, very, very harmful. Very.
Apparently, not only are Rick's thoughts not in alignment with the majority of Americans--and catholics in general--but apparently nearly 100% of all women who have had sex will have used birth control at some point in their lives. I guess they don't know that it's very very bad, like, um, Rick thinks it is.

What do Americans Think? Facts and Figures. Thoughtful data on birth control--at a Glance--from Planned Parenthood (source in PDF).

FACT: Majority of Americans and Catholics support the birth control benefit.* A Public Religion Research Institute (released 2/7/12) shows that 58 percent of Catholics believe that employers should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception. A Public Policy Poll (released 2/7/12) shows that 57 percent of voters believe women employed by Catholic hospitals and universities should have the same rights to contraceptive coverage as other women.  
FACT: Birth control use is nearly universal in the United States, even among Catholic women. 99 percent of all sexually experienced women and 98 percent of sexually experienced Catholic women will have used birth control at some point in their lives.
FACT: The current policy already includes an expansive exemption, allowing approximately 335,000 churches/houses of worship to refuse to provide birth control for their employees. 
* Health insurance benefit that covers birth control. See Public Policy Polling's Americans Support Obama on Prescription Birth Control Benefit (source).

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