Nel's New Day

March 18, 2012

More Men Control Women

Unanimously rejecting $8,899 in state funds for contraceptives and other medical services related to family planning, the all-male New Hanover County (NC) board of commissioners had the following to say:

Commissioner Rick Caitlin: it was “using taxpayer dollars to fund someone’s irresponsibility.”

Commissioner Jonathan Barfield: he was “one of those abstinence guys.” [He regretted his decision after talking to his wife and called his vote “an error.”]

Commissioner Ted Davis, board chair: “If these young women are being responsible and didn’t have the sex to begin with, we wouldn’t have this problem to begin with.”

At the same time, the five men considered spending $10 million in taxpayer money to renovate a building that has been closed for two years. Caitlin and Davis are running for State House.

Susi Hamilton, a state House Representative who is running for re-election, said, “It sounds to me that Ted Davis and Rick Catlin think that women get pregnant all by themselves.”

The publicity must have gotten to them; Davis asked that the issue be re-addressed on April 2, the day after April Fools’ Day.

Although the situation can be seen as black humor, particularly the piece about Barfield getting talks from his pastor, his wife, and his father, the comments on the articles about this issue are truly appalling. Many males believe that women living in poverty do not deserve help with contraception, that they are all irresponsible in not remembering to take the “pill” and interested only in their pleasure in the sex act. The gap between males and females in this issue is greater than the income disparity in this country.

To quote Abigail Adams, wife of the second President of the United States, “Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”

The commissioners’ decision is just one more reason to fight conservatives in their determination to control women and their reproductive rights.


  1. Terrific! Love the Adams quote.


    Comment by lynchly — March 18, 2012 @ 8:32 PM | Reply

  2. Young women are supposed to be responsible for their choices and suffer if they don’t. So women, especially poor women, are expected to keep their legs shut and not have sex, period? And if they marry, they continue with the abstinence or be prepared to have a half dozen kids, even if they can’t even afford one?

    Where’s the pressure for men to keep their pants zipped? Women haven’t yet learned the trick of having babies without them, so why is it always the women who bear the responsibility?.

    They don’t want taxes spent supporting irresponsibility, well I don’t want my taxes going to subsidize corporate welfare in the form of payouts of millions. I also object to my taxes going to fight wars, especially preemptive ones that conservatives seem to favor.

    If people remain complacent and don’t vote these Neanderthals out, then this tyranny will only get worse as more rights are stripped away from people — and it won’t matter how you swing politically. Americans are fast losing their status of the land of freedom and opportunity and turning into a theocracy just like Saudi Arabia or Iran. The only thing that changes is the name of their God.


    Comment by gkparker — March 18, 2012 @ 8:23 PM | Reply

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