The ugly truth

Finally someone supporting President Barack Obama’s contraception mandate is being honest about some of what is really going on here. Despite what most pro-mandate pundits have been proclaiming, for them it is really not a health care issue.  

The Catholic Church has been joined by a very long list of other faith-based groups that are very concerned about this mandate violating basic conscience rights and going against everything the Constitution stands for regarding religious liberty. But those on the other side have failed to come clean about what they are really pushing — until now. 

While the story probably won’t get much attention beyond some online discussions, I was struck by the directness of an advocate of the mandate. Catholic News Agency published the crude comments of feminist, blogger and author Pamela Haag. So far she is a lone voice in the wilderness trying to get radical feminists to fess up. Last month, CNA quoted an essay by Haag in which she called on those supporting the mandate to stop hiding behind the term “health care” when trying to sell the idea of forcing contraception, abortifacient drugs and sterilization across the board. 

“Access to contraception isn’t really about health care. It’s not principally about the management of ovarian cysts or the regulation of periods. Birth control isn’t about my health, unless by ‘health’ you mean my capacity to … have a happy joyous sex life that involves an actual male partner.” 

The language she uses is very graphic and quite revealing in terms of how many on the left view sexuality. It’s a means to an end and that end is personal gratification. The agenda is an “all about me approach.” As Haag stresses “the point of birth control is to have sex that’s recreational and non-procreative.” 

“It’s to permit women to exercise their desires without the ‘sword of Damocles’ of unwanted pregnancy hanging gloomily over their heads.” 

Haag also points out that this push for so-called sexual liberation is nothing new and has been with us since the women’s lib movement of the 1960s. 

“Barbara Boxer frames the birth control issue ‘a la mode’ as about defending women’s health and EMILY’s list refers to the war on women’s health. I understand why they have done this in terms of narrow political expediency. We have been at war and on the defensive about reproductive rights and women’s sexual liberty for decades. We used a euphemism of ‘choice’ for years. When deeply settled rights are most in danger it is not the time to euphemize or retreat from assertions of sexual liberty and self-governance. It is time to gun it instead.” 

While I find Haag’s view of God’s gift of sexuality repulsive and sad, she at least has the guts to call out the feminists for not being upfront about their agenda. I really wish they would follow her lead and start being a lot more direct in their approach. That is not about to happen, though, because the ugly truth that Haag so boldly explains, is just that; ugly. I don’t think too many people would be very interested in their church, business or religious institution paying for recreational sex. They would lose what little ground they have on the subject and this could also lead to possibly changing some minds on the abortion issue as well.  

That probably explains why Pamela Haag won’t be on ABC or NBC any time soon. She speaks the ugly truth about the hidden agenda of the feminist movement who deep down think women behaving like men behaving badly is something to be proud of and frankly the truth hurts. 

Teresa Tomeo is the host of “Catholic Connection,” produced by Ave Maria Radio and heard daily on EWTN Global Catholic Radio and Sirius Channel 130.