So I have to admit, I feel a little silly. Before this morning, I didn’t really know who Stephen Colbert was. I read an excerpt from something he spoke about, and I immediately saw red. I was about to go against everything I stand for and get a Twitter account just so I could go on and blast him for the world to see! But I figured I’d better research before I stuffed my foot in my mouth, so I found the video of him talking. Let’s just say thank God for Google! I would have made an arse of myself. What I thought I was reading was that he said (in serious context) that co-pay free birth control and HIV Screenings under the new health care reform act would lead to our daughters becoming wanton harlots. I saw red immediately and was about ready to fly off the handle. I didn’t know that Stephen Colbert was a comedian, and that he was actually blasting Steve King out of Iowa for basically being an idiot.
Essentially, the way I look at it (especially as the mother of a little girl, who someday won’t be so little) is that it should be free. My hope for my daughter is that she will grow up feeling comfortable enough with me to be able to talk to me about what’s going on in her life. Regardless of how much those conversations make us squirm, I plan to have them. I’m not going to be a mom who is just going to ignorantly assume that my child isn’t having sex. I’m going to be a proactive mom who, while not condoning it, is going to assume she is. I don’t want grand-babies in my 30′s or 40′s. I want her to have a solid future. I will take responsibility as her mom to do my best to instill morals and values in her that make her know that she is more than a piece of ass to a boy in school. I will work my hardest to know she has worth and value and a future ahead of her, and that sex isn’t a game, and that there are consequences to partaking. I want her to have the sense to put her young self at the top of her priority list, so she can work hard and set herself up for a solid future. But there are parents who won’t have those conversations with their daughters because it’s too uncomfortable, or because of religion, or for whatever the reasons may be. Those girls may feel like they need birth control, and they should have access to it even if their parents won’t speak about it openly. I get that either tax money or higher health insurance premiums will fund the birth control and the screenings and everything else in the long run. You don’t expect the drug companies to give them up for free, do you? But in my eyes, birth control for the masses on my dime is cheaper than raising their children on my dime in the long run.
Food for thought, no less.
Anyhow, I leave you with this… http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/393824/august-03-2011/women-s-health-nazi-plan