Charlotte Hays

While campaigning in Colorado with that pill, Sandra Fluke, at his side, President Obama eloquently summarized what he sees as the dilemma that confronts the typical coed: textbooks or contraception?

The president said (with a straight face) that "there is one person who should make decisions on your health care and that person is you. I don't think a college student in Colorado Springs should have to choose between textbooks or the preventive care she needs."

Okay, but if she HAS to choose, should she go for the textbooks or the contraception? Homer's Trojans or the other Trojans available at the convenience store?

Of course, this is a phony dilemma. Contraception is inexpensive and widely available, often at the college infirmary. The GOP has no plans, secret or otherwise, to change this. But you would never know this from an ad on TV last night that featured women worrying that an "extreme" Mitt Romney is going to snatch their contraception.

I can't believe Republicans are letting the Obama campaign get away with this demagoguery. We have affluent feminists demanding that the government mandate contraception without co-pays from religious institutions and nobody is laughing? The only question at stake is not whether contraception will remain readily available, but whether Catholic and other religiously-based employers, who regard contraception as wrong, should be forced to pay for contraception coverage.

While the media has accepted this topic as a stand-alone issue, as if the election were really a reflection of the nation’s opinion of contraception, it’s actually just another example of the troubling trend of the growing portion of Americans who wish to have someone else pay for them. We live in an age in which the workforce is shrinking, the rolls of those claiming to be disabled are exploding, and more and more Americans are collecting food stamps and believe that it’s the public schools’ job to feed their children breakfast, lunch and dinner.

A little mockery of spoiled brat feminists who demand free contraception, regardless of the toll on somebody else's conscience, would not come amiss. Why, indeed, aren't we using the most effective tactic-laughter-against these pampered parasites? Ms. Fluke reminds me of an older lady I know, a habitué of diplomatic circles. When I asked her why she was so gung-ho for Obamacare, she replied indignantly, "I am in the donut hole [the period each year when she must pay for her own prescriptions]. Something must be done."


Charlotte Hays

Director of Cultural Programs at the Independent Women's Forum.