From Catholic Vote:
“Keep your rosaries off our ovaries!”
Remember that one? So charming, I know. Yet for all its shrill ugliness, this is an apt phrase for those who use it. It succinctly (and with graphic weirdness) encapsulates the notion of privacy, that highest and holiest of rights that animates the Left’s unwavering devotion to “reproductive freedom.”
The appeal to “privacy” gave life, both culturally and legally, to the acceptance of abortion and contraception on demand. From a cultural perspective, it was an appeal to the libertarian streak in every American: the guvmint ain’t got no bidness tellin’ me what to do. Hence, “my body, my choice.” Establishing privacy as a legal basis for abortion and contraception required a litte more effort, but with some dazzling Constitutional gymnastics provided by Supreme Court Justices Douglas, Brennan, and Blackmun in a string of cases during the Sixties and Seventies, the liberals achieved their goal and enshrined “reproductive freedom” among the Bill of Rights. Yay privacy.
Or at least we thought they had achieved their goal. As Carson points out, it’s not over with the Left once they have won the “right” to something over the opposition of those who favor, say, true moral freedom, the rule of law, life, etc. And in the liberal universe, this makes sense. Liberals don’t want freedom, or even license. Or rather, that’s not all they want. For the liberal, a right isn’t fully won until it is not only recognized, but alsosubsidized. For the liberal, it’s not enough that you must acknowledge his or her right to something. You must also pay for it.
And here we are today. The President, convinced that access to contraception and abortifacients is a fundamental right, has decreed that these “preventive” services must be not only accessible, but free. And since they must be free, and since that means covered by insurance, that means employers have to pay for them. (As noted elsewhere, the recent “accomodation” changes nothing.)
But what about good old privacy? Doesn’t the reproductive rights agenda run into problems here? For years, they staked everything on privacy: It’s between a woman and her doctor. Government should stay out of the bedroom. This is a private medical decision. It’s a woman’s body, a woman’s destiny, a woman’s choice. Even as recently as last month, while celebrating the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, President Obama once againacknowledged the centrality of privacy to reproductive rights, stating that government “should not intrude on private family matters.”
But now? Now the government, in order to actively ensure that those “rights” are not only recognized, but also provided and paid for, is compelling us into the bedrooms of those who choose to contracept. Gone are the good old days of “keep your rosaries off my ovaries.” Today the same crowd has the government telling us, under penalty of law, ”Hey you, with the rosaries, get in that bedroom and do whatever they tell you to with their ovaries. And bring your checkbook.”
So much for privacy.