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An 'expectant libertarian' takes on the contraception debate

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There’s been a lot of talk about contraception in the past couple weeks, most of it serious. Paper Machete co-founder Ali Weiss Klingler felt the best way for her to tackle it would be through humor. More specifically, with her playing the character of Penny Pillsbury, an “expectant libertarian.” Read an excerpt or listen below:

“I stand for a lot of issues. I stand for keeping the government and scientists off my body and out of my moral sphere. And I realize that’s a bit of a mouthful of a tagline, so let’s try this-- and this was my sign at an anti-Obamacare rally: If Obama wants it in, it’s either wasteful or a sin!

And of course I’m talking about the issue that stands before us so prominently in the headlines, that is, the one of the birth control rule. Exactly seven months ago, a panel from the Institute of Medicine recommended that all insurers should be required to cover contraceptives for women free of charge under the new healthcare law.

Obama was into the idea. I was pissed off. My first objections were fiscal. Here I’d paid hand-over-fist since high school for something to keep me from bringing an unwanted child into the world, and now this new generation of hussies is going to get it for free?! There goes the neighborhood!”

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