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Nursing chastity

Posted March 21, 2012, at 6:26 p.m.

Feminists are declaring a sex strike for Obamacare-subsidized birth control. The group Liberal Ladies Who Lunch is organizing “Access Denied,” a week-long exercise in self-denial starting April 28. The strike is supposed to motivate men to stand up for government-funded birth control “because when we lose our reproductive choices, so do they.” This is akin to protesting welfare cuts by getting a job.

Highlighting opposition to Obamacare-subsidized birth control by abstaining from sex is a bit off-message for the feminists … In this case, activists are abandoning the activity that causes their supposed need for the birth-control handout. The only people affected are their unfortunate husbands and boyfriends who may begin to question their devotion to being sensitive New Age guys.

Conservatives should applaud the strike. Abstention is well-regarded on the right, and not simply because it is 100 percent effective in preventing unwanted pregnancies. Nursing chastity for a week puts necessary perspective on the type of subsidized sexuality that’s at the center of the debate.

Liberals think the issue is a winner. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., claimed the “latest polls show we’re up by 15 percent” among women voters, but Schumer should check his facts. A month ago, President Barack Obama’s support was 51 percent among women in the Gallup weekly survey. In the latest poll, it’s still 51 percent.

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The Washington Times (March 14)

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