Shock! Kathryn Lopez Wants to ‘Turn Back the Clock’
If you’re one of the billions of women whose lives have been brightened, improved, or even saved by the availability of modern contraception techniques, you may be under the impression that having choices is a good thing.
But here’s the National Review’s Kathryn Lopez, letting you know that the world was much better when women knew their place — barefoot, pregnant, and subservient to men: Contraception is Not the Solution.
Lopez wants you to realize that you’re really not happy and you’re really not free, despite how you may feel. Lopez wants you to admit that in truth you’re miserable, living in pain and desperation, subconsciously longing to be married and pregnant. Give up those false notions of freedom and choice, turn back the clock, and you’ll find “true happiness.”
And of course, Lopez is willing to parrot outright lies about Planned Parenthood to try to trick you into putting the chains back on.
We’ve come to expect less for and from ourselves, and for and from one another. In part, it’s the fruit of the contraceptive pill. New York magazine recently observed in a cover feature: “The pill is so ingrained in our culture today that girls go on it in college, even high school, and stay on it for five, 10, 15, even 20 years.” That, of course, has had all kinds of fallout: a false sense of freedom, security. And it has ravaged women’s fertility, as it seeks to mute exactly what women’s reproductive power is all about.
That’s why I want to turn back the clock — to a time when we valued love and marriage and didn’t expect, support and even encourage promiscuity. Life and history don’t work that way, obviously, there is no actual rewind. But we do have opportunities to learn from our mistakes.
The spending fight over Planned Parenthood in Congress is about a number of things. It’s primarily about good stewardship, as so much of the spending debate is. But beyond legislation, beyond anything Congress can or should do, it is a call to arms for a new sexual revolution. It’s about wanting more for ourselves and for those whom we love. It’s about ending the surrender to a contraceptive mentality that treats human sexuality as just another commercial transaction. …
That commercial does not, needless to say, do justice to the pain and desperation many women suffer when they find themselves thinking about an abortion, or popping pills in pursuit of something that masks itself as satisfaction but is really just a bad substitute, oftentimes making true happiness all the more illusory.
As evidence of the reckless and dangerous callousness at institutions supposedly dedicated to women’s health — failure to report the sex trafficking of minors, failure to report child abuse [A blatant lie; PP reported both of these incidents, and they were faked, anyway! – ed.] — continues to emerge, we can’t afford to lose sight of another, more fundamental conversation that we’ve got to have, among friends, in our homes and churches — a talk about what it means to be human.
Also see this excellent New York Times editorial, on the Republican Party’s appalling all-out War on Women.