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16 July 2008 @ 05:09 pm
Contraception is not abortion.  

For those wondering if I was going to chime in on the Department of Health and Human Services attempting to declare contraception to be equal to abortion, I have done so. In fact, I have done so via email.

To: mike.leavitt@hhs.gov

Mr. Leavitt:

I have become used to the idea that our current President can and does willfully ignore science when it suits his needs, though I am getting quite tired of it. I am sick of one particular extremist branch of one particular religion trying to assert that its particular fundamentalist interpretation of a series of two to three-thousand year old tribal religious texts and traditions should overrule modern medicine, science, or social progress. While there are apparently people out there who fear the condemnation of the Invisible Man in the Sky, I would hope that they would contain themselves to speaking from behind the pulpit on Sunday morning rather than trying to force the rest of us to go along with their superstitions.

What I do not and cannot accept is that you, a decision-maker with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, really think that defining "contraception" to equal "abortion" makes any rational sense at all. By its very scientific definition, contraception precludes abortion. Contraceptive devices such as condoms, diaphragms, and the so-called "morning after pill" prevent implantation of a fertilized egg into the womb. They are not causing abortions; they are outright preventing pregnancies. One must be pregnant to have an abortion, sir, a fact taught in almost any high school sex-ed class or biology class.

I am enough of a realist to know that this move is not based on scientific reasoning but rather is based in either political expediency or religious pandering. If this is coming from political expediency, allow me to point out that those in need of assistance from HHS would likely be better off financially and emotionally if they have LESS children to feed and tend to than if they have MORE. There would certainly be less need for the government to involve itself in citizens' lives without the impetus of starving or suffering children in our inner cities and public housing projects.

Should this move be prompted by religious dogma, I can only remind you that few respected religious leaders have recommended the mixing of religion and government. Religion is far more likely to be corrupted by politics and greed than it is to convert the masses on the Hill, sir, and government has enough polemic drivel as-is without adding the superstitions of an age when humankind feared the shadows in the night.

Do not bow to political or religious pressure, sir. Stand up for those your office is there to help, and recognize that no matter how personally distasteful anyone may find it, the truth remains the truth. Lies cannot be made true by legislation or fiat.

Contraception is not abortion. It is just that simple.


me, obviously

Current Mood: disgusted
Deborah Bella: 200802 photobellamagic on July 17th, 2008 01:10 am (UTC)
Rock on, and thank you!
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on July 17th, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)
As far as I'm concerned, this is a matter concerning both simple rationality and human decency. I don't need nor expect thanks for supporting either one, but I appreciate the thought.
pixxelpusspixxelpuss on July 17th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
That's AWESOME. You rock.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on July 17th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
You are too kind.
Nicanthiel Hrafnhildnicanthiel on July 17th, 2008 03:11 am (UTC)
Great letter; however, Mr. Leavitt is one of those people: he's a Mormon.

So I don't know how effective people's letters will actually be =\
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on July 17th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
Is he, now? Does it bother anyone else that this administration has put a Mormon in charge of family planning and an Orthodox Jew at the head of Food and Drug?
Kitsune: Screw-up fairykitsunegeek on July 17th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
*blink* It bothers the Hells out of me!
Ace Lightning: what_theacelightning on July 17th, 2008 12:04 pm (UTC)
Does it bother anyone else that this administration has put a Mormon in charge of family planning and an Orthodox Jew at the head of Food and Drug?

see userpic, and insert sound of loud screaming...

Edited at 2008-07-17 12:05 pm (UTC)
Kitsune: Emberkitsunegeek on July 17th, 2008 04:15 am (UTC)
Very well said!
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on July 17th, 2008 01:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you.