Most calls for the Pill to be made more broadly accessible—ideally free and without a prescription—all share the same subtext. Denying access to the Pill isn’t merely denying health care, it’s denying women’s rights.
Yet this is not about the right to get the Pill but rather, the right to not get pregnant.
This stems from the modern idea that men and women are only equal in dignity when we are exactly the same. As a result, we think that if men can have sex without the responsibility of childbearing, then women should too. This is why some feel so strongly that it is wrong for women to not have access to the Pill (Source).
There’s a really easy way for women to level the playing field with respect to sex without consequences: by saying ‘no’. Nobody gets none. Easy peasy.
But feminists can’t stand that idea. So the only alternative they’re left with is to say that women need performance enhancing drugs to be equal to men. That’s what feminism inextricably leads to. I can’t imagine a worse statement of vile discrimination against women.
Feminism reaches this paradoxical conclusion because it’s focused on utilitarianism, i.e. your worth is determined by what you can do. Well guess what. By that standard, women will almost always be inferior to men. On average, women will never run as fast as men. On average, women will never be as strong as men. On average, women will never have as long a career as men. Etc, etc, etc. That’s why men and women compete separately in almost any type of competition (even chess, believe it or not).
Utilitarian feminism is obsessed with accomplishments as the ultimate yardstick for personal worth. It’s all about keeping up with the Joneses (male Joneses, that is), which is a sure recipe for lifelong personal discontentment, emotional insecurity and envy because there will always be people who are better than you (ever wonder why feminist activists never seem happy?)
The Catholic Church, on the other hand, says that a person’s dignity is independent of their capabilities or accomplishments. When feminists complain that the male-only priesthood is discriminatory, they’re thinking in their utilitarian manner again, i.e. that women are being treated as inferior because they can’t be priests. So utilitarian. So boring.
I do stridently disagree with one sentence in the above article, namely that the Pill should be made available over the counter. We shouldn’t facilitate access to evil, even if we think we’re achieving a good (e.g. less pressure on pro-life doctors to prescribe it).