Today I gave a short speech in front of several hundred people at a state political conference. The atmosphere in the auditorium was charged.
While people attend these political party events for many reasons, there was one reason evident today that was putting an electrical jolt through this convention. It was the denial of insurance coverage for birth control by religious organizations with federal contracts.
One might ask why this issue would trump so many others like taxes, education and so on. This answer is in the math.
In a very large percentage of U. S. households, the woman earns more than the man. In households were women earn less, the income they earn is often close and a crucial part of household income. Thus, both the man and the woman in the household are dependent on the woman’s income.
There are more young women in universities today than there are men. These women fully expect to have professional careers after graduation.
There is one variable that must be controlled for women to play this huge role in the economy of households, and in our economy. It is the timing of the birth of children.
With the percentage of couples using artificial birth control in the high 90 percentile, and, both men and women dependent on it for their economic lives, it is not surprising the political atmosphere over birth control has its game face on.
Women in the workforce and family planning are not separate issues, they are the same issue. That’s reality.