A Better Use of Three Thousand Dollars
While I was away at Blissdom…
Sandra Fluke flashed on to the national stage recently with her demand to have her $3,000 dollar contraception tab picked up by Georgetown University.
Ya know what? I don’t give a flying fig how much a 30 year old adult woman decides to spend on birth control. I don’t want to know her contraceptive costs, I don’t want to know why she feels the need to splash out the cash, but most importantly, I don’t want anyone in this fragile economic environment compelled to support such an expense.
Cathy Cleaver Ruse writing for the Wall Street Journal remarked on the statement provided by Sandra Fluke:
She testified that all around her at Georgetown she could see the faces of students who were suffering because of Georgetown’s refusal to abandon its Catholic principles.
Really? According to Sandra, students in the midst of law school are suffering over Catholic principles; not midterms, finals or demanding law professors? Wow, Georgetown Law School seems to be a cakewalk, where do I sign up?
Actually, Sandra’s statements to House Democrat Steering and Policy Committee brought illumination to the ease of access and low cost of contraceptives. Today, American women have easy access to a wide range of safe, affordable contraceptives than in any time in our nation’s history.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for women struggling to provide healthy, nutritious meals for their families. Sadly, it is easier and less costly for a women to purchase contraceptives than it is to provide healthy meals for their families.
Feeding America shares sobering statistics on hunger in America:
- In 2010, 48.8 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 32.6 million adults and 16.2 million children.
- In 2010, 14.5 percent of households (17.2 million households) were food insecure.
- In 2010, 5.4 percent of households (6.4 million households) experienced very low food security.
- In 2010, households with children reported food insecurity at a significantly higher rate than those without children, 20.2 percent compared to 11.7 percent.
- In 2010, households that had higher rates of food insecurity than the national average included households with children (20.2 percent), especially households with children headed by single women (35.1 percent) or single men (25.4 percent), Black non-Hispanic households (25.1 percent) and Hispanic households (26.2 percent).
- In 2009, 8.0 percent of seniors living alone (925,000 households) were food insecure.
- Food insecurity exists in every county in America, ranging from a low of 5 percent in Steele County, ND to a high of 38 percent in Wilcox County, AL
My hometown, Philadelphia county, has a child food insecurity rate of 20.4% according to Feeding America. Interesting to note that unemployment rather than poverty is strong indicator for food insecurity in families.
Looking at these statistics, I can’t help but be appalled by the sheer arrogance of Sandra Fluke. While women struggle to feed their families, Sandra most likely has never gone a day without a meal, yet demands public support for an expensive lifestyle choice.
You know what sounds like a good idea. Show Ms. Fluke where she can purchase contraceptive for $9/month and use the money saved to support food banks providing meals to food insecure families. According to Feeding America, $100 dollars equals 800 meals. In the end, Fluke can maintain her lifestyle choice and actually make a meaningful contribution to society – a win/win situation.
We have bigger issues in this nation, a moribund economy forcing more and more families into food insecurity situations and we are being distracted by a woman with an inflated sense of entitlement. Let’s keep our focus critical issues such as building a better economy and finding ways to provide low cost healthy food to families at risk.
Okay, I’m off my soapbax. Questions? Comments? Feel free to opine in the comment section.