Labor Day is almost here, which means that the race to election day is here as well. The uber-conservative Tea Party has had a lot of success in getting their anti-government, anti-choice candidates installed as the GOP nominees in races, but how are these extreme candidates doing overall?
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer may have started way before the Tea Party went into full swing, but her overseeing of numerous pieces of anti-choice legislation since she went into office (not to mention the highly controversial immigration law) likely grandmothers her into the movement itself. But it may be a bit harder for her to win re-elections with public appearances like this:
Despite some greatly sexist attacks against his female opponent (like telling people to vote for him because he doesn’t wear high heels), Colorado Tea Party candidate Ken Buck made it through the primary and is now focusing his aim on Democratic senator Michael Bennet. But how are the voters going to react to the news that Ken Buck is for eliminating birth control?
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Via the Colorado Independent:
Buck spokesman Owen Loftus said that Buck is against any drug that prevents a zygote from attaching to the uterine wall, but he added Buck does not feel that most common forms of contraception would be banned if November’s Personhood Amendment (62) passes.
“Most forms of birth control aren’t included in this, so like the pill, condoms and other types of contraception that are commonly used aren’t included,” Loftus said.
Of course, this assumes that you aren’t playing the “but the pill might cause an ABORTION!” game like the anti-choice like to play, as the story points out as well:
Representatives of the Personhood campaign have said that barrier forms of contraception will remain legal if the amendment passes. NO on 62 members do not disagree, but note that many common forms of birth control, including the pill, would likely be outlawed by Amendment 62.
Finally, in Delaware, one Tea Party candidate has taken abstinence to a whole new level, stating that masturbation is bad as well. Via Huffington Post:
The Delaware Republican, who is challenging Rep. Mike Castle in the state’s Senate primary and has earned the financial backing of a portion of the Tea Party movement, made an appearance in the MTV series “Sex In The 90s.” Entitled “The Safest Sex Of All,” the episode was ostensibly geared towards understanding the importance of abstinence. But O’Donnell’s guidance went a bit further. Masturbation, she argued, is not a moral substitute for sex. “The Bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery. So you can’t masturbate without lust.”
“The reason that you don’t tell [people] that masturbation is the answer to AIDS and all these other problems that come with sex outside of marriage is because again it is not addressing the issue,” she extrapolated. “You’re just gonna create somebody who is, I was gonna say, toying with his sexuality. Pardon the pun.”
Mini Roundup: The right is blaming the Discovery Channel gunman on the left. The left can find ways to link him to the right. Let’s all just agree that he was nuts and leave it at that.
- LA author draws crowd as she opposes sex ed proposal – Billings Gazette
- Abstinence program in China a milestone for US evangelicals – Washington Post
- Letter: In cases of rape, abortion simply compounds the crime – TCPalm
- Anti-abortion group targets Democrats in radio ads – The Associated Press
- ‘A lot of parents will be concerned about this’ – WND.com
- Alveda King Takes Big-Name Place at Tea Party – Women’s eNews
- Hebrew U. researchers develop treatment to kill HIV cells – Ha’aretz
- Letters: The race for Oregon governor – OregonLive.com (blog)
- Obama Stand Does Gay Americans No Favors: Commentary by Leslie Gabel-Brett – Bloomberg
- Perfection not required – Boston Globe
- Harper government firm on refusal to fund abortions in Third World – Winnipeg Free Press
- Anti-choice group targets Democrats in radio ads – Salon
- USAID Pushes Social Marketing of Contraceptives in Philippines – Lifesite
- MLK Jr. Niece Comes Under Further Attack for Pro-Life Position on Abortion – LifeNews.com
- Making Outpatient Abortion Services a Reality – Feministe (blog)
- Coalition wants formal sex education program back in schools – Examiner.com
- GOP sec. of state candidate takes hard right turn on LGBT issues – pride source.com
- Anti-Abortion Group Says It Was Confronted by Discovery Gunman at 2009 Protest – FOXNews
- Text messages little help in remembering the Pill – Reuters
- HER POINT: Is Sen. Liljenquist’s idea to cut Medicaid funding reasonable? – Davis County Clipper
- Christine O’Donnell, Delaware Tea Partier, Criticized Masturbation On MTV’s … – Huffington Post (blog)
- Editorial: When it comes to youth and sex education, no single approach works … – Crookston Daily Times
- World Youth Conference Ends In Controversy And Chaos – Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute
- NM cops confiscate rifle and pistol at abortion clinic – Police News
- Oral sex, STDs causing increase in oral cancers: Experts – Vancouver Sun
- Right-wing media shamefully try to pin Discovery Channel bomber’s actions on Gore – Media Matters for America
- Population control gets govt priority – The Daily Star
- HIV Testing Is Now a Routine Part of Health Care in New York – TheBody.com
- Sex Toys on Display at the World Youth Conference – Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute
- What Are Words Worth? – The Nation.
- NORSAAC launches sex education project – Citifmonline
- The Daily Dose: Throat Cancer, ‘Disgusting Human Babies’ and 90210 Day – TIME (blog)
- Washington Senate Race Still Tight, Pro-Life Rossi Leads Pro-Abortion Murrary – LifeNews.com
- Obama Global Health Initiative Targets Maternal, Child Health, Disease – Voice of America
- The Changing Face of The Transgender Community – GLTNewsNow
- State GOP Leaders Say Governor Should Support Vote on Prop 8 – KSRO
- Commitments To Global HIV/AIDS Programs Falter For ‘First Time In 15 Years … – Kaiser Family Foundation
- TV Critic As Terrorist – Huffington Post (blog)
- Should ‘Sex Week’ worry college leaders? – Washington Post (blog)
- Buck, Bennet split on personhood’s impacts on contraception – The Colorado Independent
- Illinois Says No To Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Funds – Progress Illinois (blog)
- Ballot Measure 2 most affects those who had no say – Juneau Empire
- New UNC System President Funded Abortions and Gay Rights in North Carolina – Watchdog
- The Science of Sexism: Primate Behavior and the Culture of Sexual Coercion – Discover Magazine (blog)
- Gunman’s reality show pitch to Discovery – msnbc.com
- Asian-American Women Who Accept Abortion as a Way Out – New America Media
- South Africa: Punitive Laws Do Little to Stem the HIV Tide – AllAfrica.com
- Controversial anti-abortion campaign causes stir in Texas – KENS 5 TV
- Nigeria: Women Politicians Demand End to Maternal Deaths – AllAfrica.com
- Oral sex, STDs causing increase in oral cancers – Vancouver Sun