Yes, welcome to the 21st Century.
An article in today’s Denver Post reviews some of the criticism of Sarah Palin coming from the religious right.
Dr. Laura Schlesinger said, “What kind of role model is a woman whose fifth child was recently born with a serious issue, Down syndrome, and then goes back to the job of governor within days of the birth?”
Kendal Unruh, “a former board member of the Colorado Christian Coalition and a delegate at the Republican National Convention,” said, “I believe women should be at home with their kids full time. But I’m not a dictator, so when they have made that choice, then I unequivocally support them.”
So, in a nutshell, here’s the religious right’s advice for women. 1. Absolutely do not have sex unless you’re married. 2. At most, use only birth control that cannot possibly hinder the implantation of a fertilized egg. 3. If you get pregnant, regardless of the circumstances, you absolutely must have the baby, even if you were raped, and even if your health or the health of the embryo is at risk, except perhaps if you’re on the brink of death. 4. Once you bear a child, you should stay home to raise the child, rather than have a career, but perhaps you can have a career that advances the agenda of the religious right.