There has been a lot of discussion lately about whether or not birth control is a right. Feminists are shrieking that it’s a right for which others have to pay. The current administration decided that birth control was a right – a right it could force insurance companies and employers to fund. Sandra Fluke – a political activist at Georgetown – decided it was a right she could force her Catholic school – the school SHE CHOSE WILLINGLY – even though I’m fairly sure there were other law schools that she could have attended, but chose, in fact, to attend a Catholic school – to subsidize for her and her friends.
Why? Because apparently, these women, who are attending one of the best schools in the nation, cannot afford $10 per month for a birth control pill, and ergo, their Catholic school must provide it for them free of charge, even though it goes against the school’s fundamental values.
I have discussed the concept of rights versus needs versus wishes on this site before. I’ve spoken of it here, here, here, here and here. Get the feeling I talk about rights a lot? I will repeat it again:
Yes, good health is a right. No, health care is not. Demanding care without paying for it and giving the politicians the authority to take it from someone who must invariably provide it and give it to you free of charge – an authority you don’t have yourself – is an infringement on the right of another to lay claim to his labor and ability.
Look at it this way: you don’t have the right to put a gun to someone else’s head and demand they give you food, shelter, clothing a new car, medication or anything else. That would be taking their property by force.
What makes you think you have the right to make any elected official or government to initiate that same force on your behalf against others?
Birth control, while it’s nice to have, is not a right either, and ergo, no government has the authority to initiate force on your behalf in order for you to get it.
Your needs are not my concern.
Your wants are not my responsibility.
Nor are they the responsibility of insurance companies who choose not to fund them, nor the employers who choose not to provide them.
If they were, you’d be enslaving us to provide you with salad, beds, homes and cough drops. Yes. Cough drops.