I’ve just watched a campaign ad for Barack Obama entitled “Dreams of our Daughters.”
The narrator of the video is a “mother” of young girls. We watch the children and learn that they have lofty goals and big dreams. (I’m applauding through this part because I think all children should have big dreams.)
Then I learn that if these girls don’t have birth control, they’ll not be able to reach those goals.
Birth control medication is a relatively new idea. My third great-grandmother did not need free birth control pills in order to become a doctor or to be one of the first women to cast a ballot in Wyoming territory. Rosa Parks didn’t need free access to birth control to get the civil rights movement rolling. Amelia Earhart didn’t need free birth control in order to become the first woman to fly the Atlantic. Geraldine Ferraro didn’t need birth control pills to become the first female vice presidential candidate.
These women had something better. They had self control. And, as all successful people know, discipline is the key to success of any kind.
Throughout the ages, women have known that if they were reckless enough to engage in sexual activity before they were in a position to care for a child, they would pay incredible consequences. The restraint they learned served them well throughout their lives. They learned that some things are worth the sacrifice of one’s instant gratification. They knew that promiscuity can be a deadly game.
So if I understand this ad correctly, the narrator wants me to buy her daughters birth control and/or abortion-inducing drugs so that she doesn’t have to teach them those critical lessons about abstinence and how to treat their bodies with respect and dignity?
This comes from a real-life father of young daughters. Can you spell shameful?
And the narrator, in her little letter to Barack Obama, tells us she is working to re-elect him because he’s going to help her set her daughters free. He will help her give her daughters permission to throw caution to the wind and to disregard any religious training they may have had. Oh. My bad. When a woman is already worrying about keeping her six and ten year old daughters in free birth control, they are likely not getting much in the way of a moral compass.
If you listen carefully, you can hear old Doctor Delilah Babcock rolling over in her Wyoming grave.
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