Lila Rose made headlines for her role in an attempted anti-Planned Parenthood sting earlier this month. She is an anti-abortion, anti-birth control activist who identifies herself as a feminist. Rose recently wrote a long piece for Politico, and in it she talked about the pornification of culture. She states that she is pro-woman, but only if they agree with her. It all boils down to a growing trend—a lot of women are identifying as feminist who “hate sluts.” Only girls that sleep around would want birth control and abortions. There’s no medical reason for these things, otherwise: these chicks just love to get railed.
In her piece she writes, “We are women who believe that something precious is lost when fertility is intentionally excluded from marriage, a sacred bond and a total giving of each spouse to the other.” First things first, fertility is not the same as sex, and what about women who were born sterile? They can never experience a sacred bond? Basically what she’s saying here is if you have sex before marriage, or have a child outside of marriage, you are damaged goods and undeserving. And if you’re infertile to begin with? Well. You must have pissed someone in the cosmic beyond off.
She goes on and says that “[there is a] threat to religious liberty posed by the Obama administration’s mandate that religious employers underwrite their employees’ abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives and sterilization procedures.”
My opinion? Lila Rose needs to get her facts straight before she starts mudslinging. Abortion-inducing drugs are not and never were to be covered as preventative care under the Affordable Care Act’s Preventative Care Mandate. Emergency contraception is, but that’s because it’s contraception, not abortion.
This line is by far my favorite one from Rose: “… And we are women who love everything about being a woman, including being mothers. We have noticed that the rise in the availability and use of cheap birth control coincided with increases in the rates of sex addiction, divorce, unmarried childbearing and abortion.” You must be joking. There is no correlation between the availability of birth control and sex addiction, divorce, or unmarried child bearing. In fact, in countries that make birth control available, cheap, and without stigma, generally have lower abortion rates, teen pregnancies, and divorces. So take that, Lila.
And I’m not the only one completely confused by a lot of what this woman says—even Rose can’t get her facts straight. “Studies show pregnancy, birth and abortion rates among young women have decreased lately.” Are they up or are they down? How can it be both?
You can’t be a meat-eating vegetarian, or a feminist who hates women, and clearly Lila Rose hates women, or at the very least: women who have their own opinions that happen to differ from those of Lila Rose.