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Cyndi Lauper propaganda: “Girls just want to have birth control”

Being a rock star in real life doesn’t mean it translates to journalism. Former pop sensation Cyndi Lauper lambasted the Supreme Court with twisted facts and ineffective rhetoric, amounting her entire argument to a big emotional tantrum like the lead in her song “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” who complains her parents just don’t understand her.

Her piece of propaganda for Planned Parenthood was really a lament published in The Daily Beast is filled with pathos which is unsustained by facts, as well as poor writing.  Entitled, “Girls Just Want to Have Birth Control,” Lauper writes:

“On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that I can’t keep quiet on. I’ve always believed that women should have the autonomy to make our own choices and blaze our own trails…. With one ruling handed down this week, five men in black robes decided that we should return to policies of the 1950s and ask our bosses’ permission to receive basic preventive health care. These are five men who have never had to worry about how they’d pay for birth control, deal with an unplanned pregnancy, or face going to work with crippling migraines and premenstrual pain.”

First, her hyperbole is just that. Acting as if she knows more than those appointed to the highest court in the land, simply because they’re men, is arrogant at best. Those men never indicated we should “return to the policies of the 50s,” nor does she cite what those policies are to which we have now returned.

Her comments that these men never had to deal with paying for birth control or unplanned pregnancies is sexist, implying no man endures anything when a woman is pregnant or takes any part in a woman’s life that way, which is untrue. While she’s correct they don’t experience physical symptoms, her comments are emotional exaggeration unfounded in facts about the case.

“Women throughout America know that birth control is an important factor in allowing us to contribute to the workforce, determine our own destiny, and guarantee our economic independence.”

A comment like this might be true—if it were true. See, no one anywhere in any way has denied a woman birth control. No laws have been changed. Instead, a new law made by mandating people do things they never had to do before the Affordable Care Act, such as providing absolutely free medical care, was found to be partly unconstitutional because it removed choice from some people.

Lauper’s lament continues:

“Because of birth control, a woman can stay in school and earn her degree. Because of birth control, a hard-working woman can go out on a limb and live her dreams of being a musician, or she can plan her family in a way that allows her to have the career she wants while also providing a loving and safe home for her children.”

Again, these comments are misleading. Birth control isn’t that powerful that it can control a woman’s life and destiny that way. A pill isn’t the reason a woman can stay in school, pursue a dream, and live her life. Women have a choice. They have a choice to have sex; they have a choice to have any birth control they want; if they do have sex they even have a choice to take abortifacients, as long as they are legal, which, sadly, they are. No one has removed a single right or choice. It’s a sad commentary on us all if we think that the sheer existence of a pill is what provides opportunities.

Lauper says, “what matters is that women are allowed to make these choices for ourselves.” One must ask in response: What choice have you not been allowed to make? Since when do I get to ask someone to pay for my choice?

She concludes her (lack of) argument:

“Yet here we are in 2014, still arguing over our right to have access to this important preventive care.”

We’re not arguing over access. We’re arguing over making someone else pay for another person’s access. Planned Parenthood, who has made the loudest noise about the decision, says often it helps women who can’t afford these services to obtain them. The actual issue here is that now Planned Parenthood may have to help Hobby Lobby employees who want this birth control—you know, because they have a choice to have it.

What the real issue boils down to is that now Planned Parenthood may have to use some of its $540.6 million in government money to help these women get their abortifacients instead of having the government give them even more money as providers through the insurance mandate. This isn’t about choice; it’s about money.

Finally, Lauper plugs Planned Parenthood, serving as a celebrity advertisement for the abortion giant, as if Planned Parenthood somehow functions as the Rosa Parks of the women’s rights movement. She says:

“I’m standing with women across the country to fight back against discrimination, and I urge you to join me. Planned Parenthood, of whom I am a staunch supporter and a firm believer, has created an opportunity for men and women across the country to join Justice Ginsburg’s dissent. I’ve signed my name, and I strongly encourage you to join me…. Now is the time to let our collective voices be heard.  Women are watching, and we will take action to ensure this backwards decision doesn’t become the status quo.”

So much is wrong with her conclusion. The first is that The Daily Beast let her write it as a Planned Parenthood promotion, even including the “women are watching” line Planned Parenthood has coined. But this idea Planned Parenthood has been fostering, that somehow it can be part of a Supreme Court Justice’s dissent and insert itself into the legal matters of the nation is arrogant also. We don’t get to dissent to the Court, though because of decisions like these, we do get to voice our opinions.

Free speech goes alongside freedom of religion. In fact, the court has shown the real discrimination occurred by an administration who mandates people violate their own conscience. The whole #jointhedissent movement from Planned Parenthood is actually a disrespectful diatribe against the United States justice system.

If you aren’t a thinker and you read the rhetoric propagated by Planned Parenthood, the emotional language may cause you to question all of our justice system. But think about it. Has choice been taken from any of us? Does forcing someone to pay for what I want sound like freedom of choice? In fact, it is not. Choice must go both ways or it’s control. Lauper and Panned Parenthood want certain people controlled so they have their wants met.

If you think you need these pills and work for these corporations who won’t pay for them, Lauper is wrong; your access isn’t denied. In fact, you should immediately make an appointment at Planned Parenthood who will provide you with free abortifacients. They can take it from their $540.6 million of government money. After all, they care for women’s health, don’t they?

  • Ingrid Heimark

    Seems like they think that if you repeat a lie often enough., it becomes truth….. They lost, they lied. When are they gonna GET OVER IT?

  • MamaBear

    Millions of men and women pay for medicines they need to live normal lives, or even just to live. They usually have co-pays, sometimes quite high, but sometimes totally out of pocket. There are no lifestyle choices they can make to avoid needing these medicines.
    In light of the above, would some sane reasoning person please tell me why birth control needs to be so sacred that it gets better coverage than drugs that allow the person with diabetes, heart disease, or cancer to live, or drugs that allow the person with MS or RA to function?

    • PJ4

      As a woman, I’m highly offended that Cindy Lauper thinks she speaks for all women.
      I for one refuse to be dependent on a pill to pursue my dreams.

    • Lilian

      An excellent point, MamaBear.

  • PJ4

    With one ruling handed down this week, five men in black robes decided that we should return to policies of the 1950s and ask our bosses’ permission to receive basic preventive health care.

    In 1973, seven men in black robes decided that we should return to the days of barbarism and granted women the “right” to inject poison into the hearts of our babies, have them dismembered and the sucked out of our wombs.

    Which ruling, Ms Lauper do you find worse?
    Let me guess… the one you can’t even gather enough brain cell to comprehend.

  • http://LABcrab.org/ Alex Perrier

    What disappoints me is how Cyndi Lauper supports Planned Parenthood. This is my first time knowing this, though her involvement with Cher’s Dressed to Kill Tour (Cher supports Planned Parenthood too) should have been a dead giveaway. This makes me feel worse when hearing “Time After Time”, and furthermore, i can’t feel at peace when singing that song. The sacrifice is worth it to stand up for prenatal human life.

    • PJ4

      How about I see your true colors shining thru!
      :-)

      • http://LABcrab.org/ Alex Perrier

        Right. :) i leaned something new today! These songs were before my time. It’s a shame Cyndi’s using her money and fame this way. :(

        • PJ4

          Hah! Girls Just Wanna Have Fun was an iconic song of my childhood.

  • http://www.idonthaveawebsite.com JDC

    She better not quit her day job, because she is no good at this political commentary thing she is trying now.

    • john lind

      She was a lot more entertaining back in the 80s when she appeared on whatever Big Time Wrestling show was popular with Captain Lou Albano.

  • Mary Lee

    Yuck. What rubbish. Badly written, melodramatic, uniformed, unintelligent.

    • Basset_Hound

      Pretty much like Lauper herself, when she’s not singing. What a brainless twit.

  • Basset_Hound

    Memo to Cyndi….”Don’t like Hobby Lobby’s insurance benefits, don’t work there”. I mean they always stagger over to this web site to lecture US about “imposing our beliefs”.

  • Lilian

    It stinks to be a woman.

    Here I am, born a complete slave to my own female body and its reproductive system. You just don’t know how hard it is, living with this body that randomly generates offspring that are guaranteed to completely obliterate absolutely everything that brings me any sense of satisfaction and joy and agency in life. You don’t know how hard it is to have to live in a body that randomly generates offspring which not latch onto my insides and suck my blood for the better part of a year, they then eat their way out with their horrible toothless jaws and doom me to caring for them for the rest of my earthly days.

    I just hate being a girl in this country. I can’t do anything without fearing that a baby might fall out of me and ruin my life.

    [end sarcarsm]

  • Lilian

    “I’m standing with women across the country to fight back against discrimination, and I urge you to join me. Planned Parenthood, of whom I am a staunch supporter and a firm believer, has created an opportunity for men and women across the country to join Justice Ginsburg’s dissent. I’ve signed my name, and I strongly encourage you to join me….”

    I’m also standing with women across the country when I say, in the words of Grumpy Cat:

    No.

    • MamaBear

      I agree!
      They want to stand with women? How about standing with single mothers to make sure those “bro-choice” men pay their fair share of the costs of the babies they father and protect them from those men coercing them into abortions?
      How about standing with women against breast and ovarian cancers by finding cures (not just awareness and ribbons)? 40,000 of us will die this year from just breast cancer. That includes women who are desperately trying to stay alive for the graduation of that youngest child, or worse, just to live long enough their child will remember them.
      How about standing with women against heart disease, diabetes, MS, lupus, fibromyalgia, or other diseases where women are either over represented or are growing among women.
      They want to stand with women? Lot’s of women have real problems, life and death problems. Stand with them.

  • Lilian

    My grumpiness aside:

    Well done, Susan! Well done!

  • Beverly Harlton

    “Because of birth control, a woman can stay in school and earn her degree. Because of birth control, a hard-working woman can go out on a limb and live her dreams of being a musician, or she can plan her family in a way that allows her to have the career she wants while also providing a loving and safe home for her children.”

    Well.

    Ms. Lauper, I just don’t even know what to say to this! Here I am, 26 years old with not one, but TWO degrees (in music, no less!) and I’ve never even seen a birth control pill in person. I am also an artist, and I am 100% satisfied with my career. I’m able to support myself fully with my art (liturgical music and making jewelry and miniatures).

    Please, Ms. Lauper, in your infinite wisdom, tell me what I am doing wrong! Will taking birth control pills help me skyrocket to internet fame and boost my Etsy sales? If I take the Pill, will I instantly begin raking in coin hand over fist? Please share the secrets of this miraculous capsule!

    (I should mention now that I have a third degree in sarcasm!)

    • Lilian

      Let’s start a satire page.

      • Beverly Harlton

        YES. Seriously, message me on Facebook or something. We could be the more articulate version of Womyn for Omnipotent Government (which is hilarious if you’ve not yet seen it). :D

        • Lilian

          I am fearful. What if I am discovered?

    • Lilian

      Very similar results can be obtained using the symptothermal method of contraception. And that without outside hormones being introduced or devices getting put in the uterus or injections or a ring or an implant.

      I’m not even Catholic.

      • Lilian

        PJ4 is most definitely not Catholic.