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.

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