RE: Time article and letter to editor

From: Brad Jensen (
Date: Sun 07 Sep 2003 - 22:51:13 GMT

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    > Hi Scott.
    > I don't think Keith was suggesting forcible birth control.
    > Rather, he seems to be referring to the Bush
    > administrations blockage of UN and USAID funding to
    > organizations that give women the option to practice
    > contraception.

    If you are including abortion as 'contraception', I think You are correct.

    > Much of the religious right here in the US
    > regards such things as condoms as being morally wrong, and
    > consider abstinence to be the only legitimate option for
    > birth control.

    Much of? 20%? The Catholics have it as a religious tenet, which most Catholics ignore. I'm trying to imagine 'such things as condoms'.

    There's a whole style of vaguespeak in making these arguments.

    > The problem is that in the most conservative Islamic
    > societies, women do not have a right to abstinence from
    > marriage. They must accept the husbands their fathers
    > arrange for them. Once married, they effectively lack any
    > right to refuse sex from their husbands, too. Such women
    > lack the right to abstinence that is generally taken for
    > granted in the US. (Many also lack other basic rights, such
    > as the right to refuse beatings by their husbands.) They
    > also often lack the right to decide how any of the
    > household money is spent, too. This effectively gives them
    > no right to spend household money on such things as
    > contraception. Under such circumstances, the only "right to
    > choose" if available at all, is supplied by charities,
    > including population programs. These include programs that
    > receive UN and US funds.

    Since that same dountrodden woman can't go ther eto get those things unless her husband or a male relative takes her, I don't think she is going to be liming up at the door.

    > Women who want to choose not to have a fifth child (etc.)
    > often want to stop having children because the feel they
    > cannot afford to have children. In many cases, they cannot
    > even afford contraception. The question is often one of
    > whether women who do not feel they can even afford cheap
    > contraception can afford something as expensive as another
    > compulsory childbirth, and whether or not these women
    > should have any say in the matter at all.
    > --Aaron Lynch

    I don't hink abortion should be illegal, but I don't think it should be encouraged as a method of contraception either.

    Brad Jensen

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