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The Burning Stupid — Remedial Sex Education

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I spent most of yesterday in a rage haze. There are so many more eloquent explanations of why the Supreme Court decision is so odious so I’ll share a few but here is my summation.

The SCOTUS has determined that someone’s sincerely held misconceptions are more valid than scientific and medical facts. And, because so, those misconceptions can now adversely affect other people legally.

This is what makes me the most insane. We cannot prove or disprove the existence of god, the soul or heaven. Those are up for debate and taken on faith (or not). But when you believe something that is factually inaccurate and easily dis-proven, how is that a supportable defense?

I’m going to disavow you of any argument by defining the medicines in question.  Definitions are from

CONTRACEPTION — the deliberate prevention of conception or impregnation by any of various drugs, techniques, or devices; birth control. (The key word here is prevention).

PREVENT — 1. to keep from occurring; avert; hinder: “He intervened to prevent bloodshed.” and 2. to hinder or stop from doing something: “There is nothing to prevent us from going.”

[TRUTH: If a baby never happened in the first place, there is nothing to abort.]

ABORT — 1. to bring forth a fetus from the uterus before the fetus is viable; miscarry.; 2. to develop incompletely; remain in a rudimentary or undeveloped state. and 3. to fail, cease, or stop at an early or premature stage.

An abortion occurs after a fetus has been created. A contraception device or medicine prevents said fetus from ever existing in the first place. That should be as plain and clear as the nose on your face.

I don’t think I can spell it out any clearer than my sister-in-law did for someone who was unclear on the concept, so here is how she explained the function of the drugs/devices in question (Morning After Pill and IUD):

{name}, you are laboring under a misconception that these 4 methods at issue eliminate fertilized eggs. That is absolutely false. All four PREVENT sperm from fertilizing an egg. The two so-called “morning after” pills at issue (Plan B and Ella) delay release of an egg, this leaving nothing for the sperm to fertilize. If the egg was already in transit and sperm reach it, it may be fertilized and will implant just like a normal pregnancy and the pill will have been ineffective. Neither of those two drugs alter conception or cause abortion. They do NOT work post-conception.

As for the IUDs, the two types at issue are the copper and progestin devices. The copper IUD releases copper, which is a spermicide, thus preventing fertilization from occurring. The progestin IUD works by releasing the hormone, which thickens the mucous lining of the cervix, preventing sperm from passing AND by delaying egg release, once again PREVENTING fertilization from occurring.

So, you see, the entire premise of this case is based on a false understanding of both the items in question and biology itself. None of the above methods of birth control at the heart of this decision are abortifacients.

If you believe that something does something against your faith but it in fact does not do that thing, then you are wrong!  Your belief, regardless of how sincere, is counter to measurable and provable reality and thus should hold no legal weight.  Say I am a devout druid.  I can sincerely and deeply believe that when you tear down forests you are killing fairies but if reality proves there are no fairies, which so far it has, then I cannot stop someone from logging based on my sincerely held belief.  I can cry all I like for the fairies, but no fairies are being killed by the lumber industry.  Now there are some actual living and breathing indigenous people who are in great danger but it seems that no one gives two shits about them.

This has been a bullshit case from the beginning which ended with a bullshit ruling. I feel like I’m in Bizarro-land or something.

John Oliver is really getting good at his job. So I’ll let him explain this craziness as only he can.

And if you don’t hate women and don’t think sex is sinful, these are the benefits (for EVERYONE) when women have access to comprehensive sex education and effective means of controlling their reproduction. If you think otherwise, then I don’t have an intellectual jackhammer strong enough to get any knowledge into your thick skull.




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