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Senator Clark Jolley and a screwball doctor want to take away your birth control pills


Oklahoma ladies, you’re whoring days are coming to a close. And those days where you could actually control your body, career, and economic situation? They’re ending as well. It’s time to live up to your destiny, you know. Stop suppressing who you were meant to be. Give up your birth control pills. You’ve had your fun but now Senator Clark Jolley wants you to know that a friend of his thinks it’s poison so it’s totally not okay to take it. Yes, you read that correctly. A politician knows an irrelevant dude who makes false claims regarding women’s health, a variation on a popular theme.

From the Tulsa World:

OKLAHOMA CITY – Employers in Oklahoma could opt not to include contraceptives and abortions in employee insurance plans under a measure that secured passage by a Senate committee Thursday.

The measure, Senate Bill 452 by Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, passed the Senate Business and Commerce Committee by a vote of 9-0 with no debate and now heads to the full Senate.

“Notwithstanding any other provision of state or federal law, no employer shall be required to provide or pay for any benefit or service related to abortion or contraception through the provision of health insurance to his or her employees,” the bill says.

Under the federal Affordable Health Care Act, employee group insurance plans are required to cover contraception unless the business offering the benefit meets the conditions of being a religious organization, said Mike Rhoades, Oklahoma Insurance Department deputy commissioner of life and health insurance.

Jolley said the measure is the result of a request from a constituent, Dr. Dominic Pedulla, an Oklahoma City cardiologist who describes himself as a natural family planning medical consultant and women’s health researcher.

Pedulla says he is morally against contraception and abortion. He said he had to give up his small group health plan because the only plans available in the state required coverage for contraception and sterilization. He and his family were on the plan and had to find more expensive insurance elsewhere.

“Every small group plan forces you to choose those options,” Pedulla said.

Women are worse off with contraception because it suppresses and disables who they are, Pedulla said.

“Part of their identity is the potential to be a mother,” Pedulla said. “They are being asked to suppress and radically contradict part of their own identity, and if that wasn’t bad enough, they are being asked to poison their bodies.”

I proposed that Dr. Padulla be given the nickname Dr. Derpalahoman. Based on his thoughts and appearance, It’s very clever and fitting.

I like it when men say the thing that makes me a woman is the one thing that in no way delineates me from a cockroach. Two X chromosomes is apparently the equivalent of guaranteed reproduction. I don’t know if Dr. Pedulla has an opinion on women who can’t have children, though it would be silly to assume that he didn’t have an opinion on everything that he then liked to whisper in the ears of his political friends. If you’ve read anything I’ve written for The Lost Ogle in the past three years, the one thing that should be abundantly clear is that my ability to reproduce is what defines me, and not my cynicism, nerdiness, and penchant for drunken shenanigans. I’m basically a blogging uterus just waiting to cultivate a seed.

As for poisoning my body, I’m totally for it. I’d like to make it abundantly clear that the poison I put in my body doesn’t come in the form of a daily pill, but in cheaper and more readily available ways. If Dr. Pedulla would like to prevent women like me from poisoning themselves, perhaps he would like ban Diet Coke. It tastes like gasoline and I can’t go a day without reading about all the terrible potential side effects it could cause. But I can’t stop drinking it. Other poisons I ingest on the reg: Nachos Bell Grande from Taco Bell (that cheese isn’t natural), Norman’s water (full of hexavalent chromium), and movie theater popcorn (“butter”).

It’s not surprising that a Republican would advance a measure that restricts a woman’s access to birth control. This is basically the new party platform. And in a state with one of the highest teen pregnancy rates, you’d think a priority would be to provide more access to birth control. But maybe we’ll try out some of those natural family planning methods that Dr. Pedulla advocates. You know what they call people who use natural family planning methods? Mama and Daddy.


  1. Maybe I’m reading it wrong…hang on…reading it again. Nope. It’s none of my business how, or whom you have sex with. That being said, I don’t want to pay for your contraception or for any other result of your actions. And yes, my cost of insurance will be higher if I have to pay for your actions. Of which I want no knowledge. Unless you have video. Buy a damn rubber.

    • Not true. The cost of one pregnancy is nearly the cost of birth control for a female’s entire reproductive life. But don’t let facts get in the way of your belief system. That being said technically the first thing you learn in pharmacology is that all drugs are poisons. You just have to choose the ones that poison has the effects you prefer. And it’s odd that his practice doesn’t mention this side specialty. Doctors love mentioning extra specialties.

      • We need to go a step (or two) further and provide birth-control at no charge to the public and maybe even go so far as to subsidize voluntary sterilization.

        Granted we’ll never see this in OK. during the lifetime of anyone now living but it is something to contemplate.

    • It’s none of my business where or how much you eat, smoke, drink, how fast you and careless you drive. That being said, I dont want to pay for your fat ass to go to the cardiologist, or higher insurance rates because you think your important enough to drive careless & recklessor for any other result of your actions. And yes, my cost of insurace will be higher if I have to pay for your actions. of wich I want no knowledge. Please, no videos & buy a gym membership and an old Ford Ranger.

      • It will be…if they don’t cover birth control. The cost of covering one (perfectly healthy, no complications) baby far surpasses the cost of every possible birth control method combined.

    • So, justjim, you would prefer to pay for the increase in healthcare due to children born to people who can not afford to care for them? No doubt you will respond as others with the same narrow mentality, “Then they shouldn’t have sex.” Or even better, “Ladies, put an aspirin between your knees.” Because, you know, that is practical.

    • So by that line of reasoning you also don’t want to cover cholesterol or blood pressure medication to people who eat fast food?

  2. There could be a payment for a result of actions if NO birth control is used. Seems like a cheaper solution. But maybe you are morally opposed, JustJim.

  3. In no way does this bill restrict access to contraception. It restricts access to my wallet to pay for your contraception. And it is poison, altering hormonal function disrupts numerous systems that are frequently never the same.

  4. Setting aside the medical benefits of birth control for the moment*, can we assume you also wan’t to ban insurance from covering emergency response to car accidents? I mean, why should you pay for reckless driving? Are you also working diligently to make sure people who eat too much fast food and live a sedentary lifestyle are unable to see a cardiologist when they have health complications? Unable to afford their high blood pressure medication? What if someone gets lung cancer from working in a smoky bar for several years? Shouldn’t they have just quit rather than personally costing you money? What about people who choose to reproduce but can’t afford all the hospital bills out of pocket? Why should you pay for them to have a kid? Or do you only care about limiting women’s reproductive health?

    *Birth control has many health benefits outside of preventing pregnancy.
    **Why should I pay more for someone else’s pre-natal care than the pill?
    ***You’re not actually paying for their pill, they are by working and having that money deducted from their paycheck. And if you knew how much healthcare costs typically run, you wouldn’t think a $30 would break the bank.

    • Setting aside the mental gymnastics someone has to do to justify paying for someone’s unplanned pregnancy instead of paying for (much, much cheaper) birth control, doesn’t the Affordable Care Act trump any state provisions?
      This (the state) seems like something that is 100% unenforceable and a total waste of time and the taxpayers money when they have to try to defend this in court (which they will have to if it goes anywhere) before it is struck down. The Supreme Court ruled the ACA was constitutional. So why are we still having this discussion?

      • Because our state legislature (full of non-laywers), likes to make points by passing legislation that the AG’s office will then have to spend countless billable hours defending, only to be deemed unconstitutional. Great use of taxpayer money.

  5. This measure is so illogical and makes me so angry, I can barely write a cohesive comment.

    How can Pedulla say that a woman’s ability to get knocked up at any given moment in time is what defines her identity?! Seriously?!

    And if you support Pedulla because you think your personal cost of health insurance will go down a buck or two, news flash: your taxes will probably increase significantly as the number of illegitimate children living in poverty that the state will have to take care of is going to rise dramatically.

    And just because a woman takes birth control, it doesn’t mean she is a whore. There are plenty of married women and women in monogamous relationships that take birth control.

    This measure can’t possibly pass, can it? I’m ready to protest.

  6. Sorry but I have real problems with my employer dictating health care decisions for me. The point of benefits is to attract quality employees and I hope he is up front with this attitude to all prospective employees.

  7. I’m so glad that someone finally told me what my role in society was. Thank god for that! I was getting so confused.

  8. And so many people still think you have to really be smart to be a DR. ( and please don’t confuse intelligence and common sense with education).

  9. Why do you need the birth control? If you don’t want the baby, your body has ways of shutting it down. Right, Senator Jolley?

    • Perhaps they would suggest that the woman be on top during sex, or urinate directly following sex, or for couples to have sex in a body of water. All of those methods should work to naturally to prevent pregnancy.
      (please note the sarcasm as to not perpetuate the myths).

  10. The Modern Southern Conservative = “Gub’ment don’t have no right to stop me from dumping toxic waste in the river; Gub’ment need to force them godless liberals to live more like I think they should.”

  11. I doubt if you would be surprised to know that Dr. Pedulla has about 10 kids and has kept his wife constantly knocked up in 10 month intervals for the past 16 years. She looks like a deflated birthday balloon. Of course, he isn’t the one having the babies, so it’s all good.

    • I suppose you could have said she looks like a deflated condom, but apparently they wouldn’t know what that looks like.

  12. Kelly- yes, thank you for making the very obvious points that keep eluding these brilliant conservative minds. Birth control is part of insurance because we are lucky enough to live in a country which realizes women are more than their vaginas and deserve to control their lives. Or so I assumed. Silly me, I’ll just go get pregnant to fulfill my true purpose.

  13. On second thought, this bill might make these old geezer republicans pay for their own E.D. meds. That would be fine with me. I’m sick of paying for politicians’ viagra, cialis, etc. so they can carry on affairs with their young staffers. They can also pay for their own vasectomies and vasectomy-reversal surgeries.

  14. My wife is currently pregnant with our first child. She has endometriosis. Birth control played a large part in maintaining her ability to have children as one of the most common treatments against endometriosis. Without birth control, her fallopian tubes would most likely have developed endometrial growth which would have rendered her infertile. Fuck these people.

  15. Every woman in this state except for Sally Kern should flood Sen. Jolley’s office with calls and emails as well as Dr. Dipshit.

    • Cynical Chris, you are absolutely correct! The legislature is now operating with abandon and they don’t give a darn about women’s reproductive justice. Having spent more time that I care to at the capitol, I can tell you that it bothers those yahoos to have to talk with people who disagree with them, but you’ll feel a heck of a lot better if you do. It’s important for sensible voters to chop down those guys a notch or two. Otherwise, you will end up with some laws that are gonna surprise you.

  16. For those of you who have talked about not wanting to cover the cost of other peoples’ contraception, do you realize that you pay for everybody’s insurance needs when you sign on to buy health insurance? The need for heart surgery, gallbladder surgery, and on and on. You also pay for other peoples’ smoking and drinking and eating fried food, as they eventually end in diseases. The reason you pick on women’s birth control is the same reason that these bad bills are being written: You are a man and will never be able to become pregnant. Insurance often picks up the tab for vasectomies. Maybe that should be regulated, too. Why should I pay for your birth control? Insurance companies LOVE to exclude things. They make lots more money that way.

  17. I don’t want to susidize a fascist Cardiologist Dr Pedulla! Maybe we need a Medicare audit of your office to be sure you and Clark aren’t subsidising house bills with my tax dollars.

  18. I’ll give up the insurance paying for my birth control when every man in the legislature gives up his insurance paying for viagra.

  19. its too bad all these other drugs keep people from being what they want to be, sick, tired, depressed, and or pregnant. its too bad our congresspeople care so dearly about a storybook.

  20. Pay for your own birth control,you don’t have to have sex. Free loaders,maybe the goverment should pay for your food too, ohh ya they do. Get a job then have pay for your own wild thing, but if your to cheap you can kill your baby so you can control YOUR career.

    • Chris, what is your problem with health insurance? Have you been reading any of the replies to your comments? I think you are not interested in a dialogue over this issue but just want to muddle around in Rush Limbaugh rhetoric (I use that term rather loosely).

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