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The Generosity a Baby Brings

I’ve since gone from beer bottles to baby bottles and with that, I’ve noticed an incredible generosity in people. 

My husband and I recently welcomed a little girl into this world and have been mesmerized by how much she has changed our lives, the lives of our families and our outlook on life. We weren’t too vocal about expecting (i.e. announcing it on Facebook, posting lots of pregnancy photos, etc.), as we felt it was a special, yet personal moment that we didn’t feel the need to share via social media outlets. However, when our daughter was born, we were proud to share her photo to introduce our new little munchkin to everyone. 

With that said, the outpouring of love and kindness we received from friends, family and colleagues, both new and old, was astounding. The amount of messages, calls, texts and emails we got was overwhelming in the best possible way. And the presents we have received from folks has been beyond amazing. In the short two weeks since our daughter was born, gifts have been bestowed upon us from long lost friends to old co-workers to new friends and neighbors. 

I’ve always thought of my husband and I as generous giving people; individuals who give because we want to, not because we expect anything in return. Perhaps that giving is coming back around or maybe we’re still wearing our rose-colored glasses since we expanded our family. Whatever the reason, we couldn’t be happier by the outpouring of love and support we have received from so many during this very exciting time. One of my very best friends told me a baby brings out the best in people. You know what? She was right!

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(Supporting) Obama and the Birth Control Debate

Today, President Obama is retooling his decision requiring religious employers to cover birth control for their employees and instead, make insurance companies directly responsible for providing free contraception. I applaud the President for trying to find a common ground while still providing birth control to those in need, but I find the religious right’s opposition on this a bit confusing.

Catholic Church leaders, Republicans and other social conservatives have denounced this as an attack on religious freedom. But what if you are Jewish or Muslim and work for a Catholic employer such as a hospital or university? Hell, what if you are Catholic and work for these organizations? Does that mean you shouldn’t be entitled to low cost or free contraception if you choose? I understand the outcry of mixing church and state, but what about privacy and women’s rights? Who is an employer to tell women they won’t provide them with preventative measures to ensure they don’t get pregnant because of their religious beliefs? Why is that any of their business?

And let’s get real for a moment. Many, if not all of those defending the original decision to provide birth control at no cost to women are anti-abortion. Hey, they have that right, but how can one condemn abortion so harshly, yet not provide women with the contraceptives they need in order prevent them from being put in such a situation? I mean, it’s common sense, isn’t it? The church doesn’t believe in abortion, but it also doesn’t believe in birth control, so therefore, we should just hope and pray the old age “pull out” method works and cross our fingers that we don’t get pregnant, even though there are measures we can take to prevent it. Are you f*ing serious?

Ironically, polls indicate a majority of Americans and Catholics support the rule according to Reuters. A Public Religion Research Institute poll taken last week found 55 percent of Americans want employers to provide healthcare plans that cover contraception and birth control, including nearly six in 10 Catholics.

I think it’s amazing that this plan will allow all women to obtain free or lost cost contraceptives, especially since 99 percent of women have relied upon some type of birth control during their lifetimes. With so many unplanned pregnancies in this world, shouldn’t we do all we can to prevent women and young girls from having to deal with one? It feels like an oxymoron if one doesn’t support abortion, yet won’t make contraceptives available to those who want to prevent unintended pregnancies.