Written by Editor-in-Chief Jodi Jacobson forRH Reality Check. This diary is cross-posted; commenters wishing to engage directly with the author should do so at the original post.
I am of the mind and practice that, no matter who you are, an individual's sex life, their sexual orientation, their contraceptive practices, fertility goals, pregnancy terminations and so forth are off limits for public discussion as long as we are talking about legal activities between or by consenting adults involving no form of coercion. It's really not my (or your) business.
That is, unless you are a politician, lobbyist, media, religious or other public figure who uses other people's sex lives to advance your own political or religious goals. And especially
if you are among those figures listed above and you claim moral superiority over others for political gain. Then your own life is open to scrutiny and is a legitimate part of the conversation.
My sense of boundaries is sufficiently strong that I would never think to ask or talk about contraceptive use by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama because it is none of my business.
However, the White House has made plain the President is considering broadening an already broad exemption for religious groups on contraceptive coverage in health reform under pressure from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This would result in the loss of coverage for millions of women.
This is unacceptable and we have published numerous articles
articulating why all women should have access to contraception through their health insurance plans, on the grounds of economic, social, and health benefits as well as to protect the religious and moral liberty of the vast majority of the United States population.
But it also made me realize something. It seems not only plausible but nearly 100 percent certain that, barring any fertility problems (which again are not otherwise my business), the President and First Lady practice birth control, as evidenced by the length of their marriage and the fact that they now have--and appear to have stopped at--two children. Data compiled by the Guttmacher Institute
show that the typical U.S. couple wants only two children. To achieve this goal, they must use contraception consistently for roughly three decades.
It is obviously the right of the Obamas to plan their family. But let's put this in context.