<subtitled: A Rant In Two Parts>
OK…this rant has been brewing for some time, but today’s events have pushed me over the edge.
** PART I**
Why, oh why, is it that when I mention in front of a group of people that I do not now, nor have I ever wanted children, is there always one cretin in the crowd who immediately adopts that smug visage and says with all-knowing authority “Oh…you’ll change your mind when you meet the right person?” Why? Do I appear to be of unsound mind? Have I exhibited tendencies to make statements for effect with no thought or logic behind them?
To these people, I say this: SHUT YOUR DROOLING YAP!!! If I had any intention of changing my mind, I would not have pointed out that part about “not now, not ever”. That meant that I have no interest…not an inkling of desire. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Are these people stupid? Can they really believe that there is no one in their right mind who wouldn’t possibly want a child, that anyone who states that they intend to remaind childless is somehow only fooling themselves until that magical maternal instinct gene kicks in and that person’s brain will suddenly turn to mush, and the idea of giving up everything they’ve believed in up to that point will miraculously pivot 180 degrees? I don’t think so.
OK…now that I think I’ve made it sufficiently clear that I have no intention of having children…what the fuck is wrong with insurance companies that doen’t cover BIRTH CONTROL??? Is it somehow cheaper to pay for 9 months of pre-natal care, a delivery, and 18 years of coverage on a dependant than it would be to cover $100/year of preventive measures??
I just found out today that the oh-so-lovely new healthplan my employers have changed to as of 1/1/01 will no longer be covering my birth control. No birth control pills. No Depo-Provera shot. No IUD. Not unless the BC is “medically necessary”. Well, how about this? It’s medically necessary to ME that I do not have a child. Fuck you very much, Mr. Corporation.
To add insult to injury, not only can I not get birth control covered, but my ideal solution of just getting a tubal ligation is also closed to me. Why, you ask?? Because, in this insanely litigious society in which we live, there isn’t a doctor alive who is willing to perform such surgery on a 30 year old, unmarried, childless woman, because GOD FORBID I change my mind (didn’t we already cover this??) and then they’ll be sued for taking away my chances at having a baby.
If it weren’t for those stupid “no organ” rules on ebay, I’d be auctioning off my uterus posthaste. <sigh>