This essay is about birth control pills. Not condoms, spermicide, the Sponge or various IUD devices. It is about The Pill. Sandra Fluke is getting a lot of flak for her absurd statement about the cost of The Pill. $1000 a year out of pocket might buy a lot of nights of child-free sex, but many women do not take The Pill for that reason.
My daughter must take The Pill in conjunction with many other pills to control the disease of endometriosis. It is a painful disease. It can also cause sterility, cancer, and other problems for women. It often runs in families, although I don't have it myself.
Julia has it bad. Really bad. The only thing that controls the growth of uterine tissue on her major organs is The Pill. Some insurance companies will pay for it, but most don't, since it is seen as an optional form of birth control, and not necessary.
For Julia and countless other young women trying to avoid hysterectomies, it is an absolute necessity, and even in the cases of medical need, insurance companies might not pay for it.
The hormones she takes pretty much knocks her period off the calendar. If she does have one, the pain is so excruciating that she is all but bedridden, and on heavy pain-killers. It is very much like giving birth, trying to pass all that tissue. That tissue wreaks havoc on her bladder, her kidneys and other organs. The tissue just grows like internal kudzu, covering everything. Laparoscopic surgery is unpleasant and expensive, and most of the tissue that is removed comes right back. And that is why she must take The Pill.
The Pill also kills all desire for sex. Julia must also take mood balancing drugs due to the out of whack hormonal shift in her body.
This isn't pleasant for her, or her family. Her endometriosis is severe. She can however, afford the generic version of The Pill to take care of it and doesn't require your financial assistance in this regard.
Sandra Fluke did herself, her reputation and whatever cause she was defending a world of irreparable harm. She gets no sympathy from me.
But there is a reason for a girl to need The Pill that goes beyond mere recreational reasons. Endometriosis is one of them.
Whatever cause Miss Fluke was championing, it's all part of the Big Lie, and a lost cause, as far as I'm concerned. She's a very sad tool and useful idiot.
I'd feel sorry for her, but my pity glands have all dried up. I can't afford the medication to restore my depleted sympathy. Maybe some of you can fork over the loot to get me some nice, tasty meds for that.