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The Authoritarian Agenda Behind Attacks on Contraception

As the right's crusade against abortion becomes a war on contraception, its viciously misogynistic agenda becomes ever more clear.

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Catholic Culture reacted to the news with ad hominem attacks on Alan Guttmacher though he’s been dead for 37 years.  They couldn’t dispute the findings, so it was more a reaction along the lines of, “Yeah, we can’t control our women but your mom is ugly neener neener neener!” 

Anti-choice commenters reacted to the news in similar fashions, denying the findings without evidence or making ad hominem attacks.  But above all things, Catholic women were criticized for their lack of blind obedience. A commenter at California Catholic Daily compared women to naughty children refusing to eat their vegetables:

Their point is simply an immature view which any parent has heard arguments like that from their children from time to time.

Women who rejected church teachings had their intelligence insulted:

The reason Catholic couples use artificial means is because they are unaware of Church teachings and most don't understand NFP.

I think a better explanation is that women do understand NFP and know that it’s not for them, and have chosen an option that fits with their lifestyles. The assumption that 98 percent of Catholic women are too stupid to know what’s best for them is pure misogyny.  Indeed, the fact that NFP doesn’t work for the vast majority of women was presented as the main reason that it should be their only option:

When people are truly educated on the dignity of men and women, the awesome privilege of cooperating in creating another soul for heaven, and on the benefits of Natural Family Planning (which requires sacrifice, a dirty word today, but helps married couples develop respect for their spouse) contraception will be a thing of the past.

In other words, the reason the commenter supports natural family planning is he assumes that it will fail and pregnancy will come from it.  That, and sacrificing---your health, the happiness of your marriage, your family’s financial future, your sexual pleasure---is an end in and of itself.  If you wonder why suffering is just good for its own sake, then this commenter has an answer for you: stop asking questions.

Please, Lord, give us courageous rectors of seminaries who will teach the men all they need to know.I grew up when "the Church teaches it, do it, and that's the end of it, or you'll end up in hell."

And this is all what’s underlying the war on contraception: misogynist authoritarianism. In other words, the war on contraception is a war on the bedrock values this country stands for---equality, freedom of thought, freedom of conscience, and democracy---and looks to replace those things with blind obedience to authority and second class status for women.

 
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