Opposition to birth control often has to do with wanting to control female sexuality and to control women in general. When a woman has access to birth control, that gives her time to do other things other than just taking care of her children. Some people feel very threatened by this, even in some developed countries. I remember a few years ago being on a discussion forum where some of the European conservatives were saying that women were being selfish for having careers and not having more children.
I agree with Maruli Marulaki that it is truly terrible that so many women in the world don't have access to birth control and that they don't have a say in family planning and sexual matters. I have always felt so badly for these women, and for the unwanted children too. Many of these women would choose to have fewer children if given the option.
Stacy, I was going to add a comment months ago, and got sidetracked. (Boy did I EVER!)
Anyroad, have you ever seen some men's reaction(s) when you suggest they have their male dogs neutered? A few just get that "deer in the headlights" look...but it's the other reaction that's pathetic. (And people wonder where all those puppies in the pound come from.)
They really take it personally.
I'm pretty sure most statistics agree that at least half the pregnancies in the USA were not planned. I know that includes my brother and me.
Thanks for the link. Anne Gaylor has certainly done very beneficial work.
I've thought of this quite often. In fact, if I ever come into some extra cash (and it's tempting to use my tax returns for this), I want to set up a booth outside of WalMart or some other area with a lot of traffic and pass out free condoms of various sizes and types and some pamphlets on birth control from my local Planned Parenthood, with a jar for donations if they are so inclined. I plan on getting into a career in sexuality education, and creating or being a part of a charity such as this would be wonderful.
P.S. Planned Parenthood was started in the US, but now it is an international birth control charity. The United States government used to do overseas family planning assistance, but this changed as religious conservatives gained more and more political power. I'm hoping that G. W. Bush was the worst of it.
The U.N. would be more active, its just that it gets negative pressure and refusal to pay dues from the U.S.
Terms like "family planning" are euphamisms because people are uncomfortable with the idea that sex can legally, ethically, and morally be separated from conception.
Planned Parenthood had originally been called American Birth Control League.
I just sent the following to about 20 friends:
After Planned Parenthood and the Susan G. Komen Foundation, it's clear that women's rights are under attack. Join us at One Million Strong for Women in taking stand for women's rights, women's health, and women's freedom.