I've been watching the whole birth control debate play out in the US with much interest. It's such an intriguing conundrum to me - women's rights will be infringed upon if her employer refuses to pay for birth control, yet the employer's right to religious freedom will be infringed upon if they are forced to pay for something they are wholly against.
The debate came to a head this week when a law student names Sandra Fluke spoke before a congressional committee, talking about how birth control can cost up to $3000 over the course of law school.
In return, everyone's favorite political commentator (not) Rush Limbaud had the following to say: "What does it say about the college coed ... who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex."
He went on to say that if that was the case and they were going to "pay" for her to have sex, she should at least post the videos online so that they could watch. Republicans have yet to speak out against him.
In what world is that kind of talking okay? I just don't understand the direction the US is heading. Last month we have a breast cancer charity cutting funding to Planned Parenthood because they provide abortions, and now this? It's like we're moving away from a woman's right instead of toward them. I hate to think about what else will happen if the religious right gets elected in the fall.
And it's times like this where I am grateful to be living in France - a country that still respects a woman's right to choose her own health care plan, instead of having a committee of old men do it for her.