In a comment to our recent post about artificial wombs, I quoted some remarks by Lawrence Auster about the ongoing contraception brouhaha. In his post, Mr. Auster had written that liberal/feminist thought understands the issue along the following lines:
1) Society is a collection of equal persons, all having the right to equal freedom.
2) But remaining traditional social arrangements still render women — half the human race — significantly less free than men.
3) Therefore the attainment of sexual equality — equality between the sexes with regard to everything in life, particularly with regard to sex itself — is society’s highest priority.
4) In order for the sexes to be equal with regard to sex, women should be at no more risk of pregnancy and its inconveniences than men are.
5) In order for women to be at no more risk of pregnancy than men are, society (whether in the form of Georgetown University, or some health insurance company, or the taxpayers) must provide all women in America with free birth control.
Our resident gadfly The One-Eyed Man predictably took issue with this, and commented:
I have read a lot of commentary about this issue, and I had yet to hear that contraception ought to be included as a basic element of health insurance because of the absurd notion that “women should be at no more risk of pregnancy and its inconveniences than men are” – until [Auster] came along. If he wants to argue against the mandate, then he ought to try to refute the case for it, instead of fabricating a straw man.
Lawrence Auster has now posted a response, over at his place. Read it here.