News Contraception

“Let Jesus Pick Your Birth Control!”

Robin Marty

Katha Pollitt muses on how the GOP might try to ban birth control all together.

Is the ultra-rightwing really trying to ban birth control all together?  Author Katha Pollitt believes they would if they could, and says the “personhood” movement might be part of that first step.

Would #26 really ban the Pill? Personhood USA president Keith Mason is cagey: “Certainly women, my wife included, would want to know if the pills they’re taking would kill a unique human individual,” he told NPR. Of course, there’s nothing to prevent women, his wife included, from switching to diaphragms or prayer if they suspect their contraception makes their wombs inhospitable to four-celled Mississippians. You don’t need a law to let Jesus pick your birth control. But letting women decide? That would be so… prochoice.

Ah, the power of prayer.  What more could we need other than divine contraception?

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News Abortion

They Are Coming for Your Birth Control: Pro-Lifers Must “Advocate for Sexual Restraint”

Robin Marty

Writing in the National Review Online, New posits that the clearest way to determine a person's opinions on whether abortion should remain legal is to examine whether or not that person believes premarital sex is immoral.

Note: Think that anti-choice politicians and activists aren’t trying to outlaw contraception?  Think again.  Follow along in an ongoing series that proves beyond a doubt that they really are coming for your birth control.

Charlotte Lozier Institute’s Michael New is at it again, with another article reminding us of why the battle over the right to control a woman’s reproduction is about more than just abortion, but also about contraception and the act of sex itself.

Writing in the National Review Online, New posits that the clearest way to determine a person’s opinions on whether abortion should remain legal is to examine whether or not that person believes premarital sex is immoral. It’s a fairly simple gamble to make, and one that doesn’t need any studies or surveys to really back it up. Considering almost 60 percent of Americans think that premarital sex isn’t a sin, and that 95 percent of Americans have had premarital sex (yes, even people who believe they were going to Hell for doing it… well, do it), the idea that the same minority of people would also believe abortion is immoral would make perfect sense.

What doesn’t make sense (at least, not if anti-choice advocates really want to end legal abortion) is arguing that the best way to proceed is to convince people that premarital sex is wrong. I guess the assumption is that as a corollary, more people would then want abortion ended as well?

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New writes:

I always remind pro-lifers that a promiscuous society will never support significant restrictions on abortion. While pro-lifers are good at talking about fetal development and personal responsibility, we are less comfortable with subjects such as sexual activity and contraception. Indeed, it is doubtless more difficult to advocate for sexual restraint than for the unborn. However, this is a battle in which pro-lifers must continue to engage if we are to succeed in our goal of providing legal protection to all unborn children.

I’m just going to backtrack and insert this again. Over 95 out of 100 people report having premarital sex. Yes, 95 percent. And they have been for decades. The only difference between 95 percent of people in the fifties having sex and 95 percent of people today having sex before marriage?

Now we have birth control.

Or, at least we do at the moment. But who knows how long that will last since, as New makes it clear, they are coming for your birth control. For the sake of ending abortion, of course.

 

News Contraception

They Are Coming for Your Birth Control: Don’t Forget about the “Baby Pesticides”

Robin Marty

Dick Black continues his reign as most offensive legislator in Virginia when talking about reproductive rights.

Note: Think that anti-choice politicians and activists aren’t trying to outlaw contraception?  Think again.  Follow along in an ongoing series that proves beyond a doubt that they really are coming for your birth control.

Republican legislator Dick Black is not the first person to compare abortion to the Holocaust, nor even the first sitting politician. 

Still, it’s almost a relief to have him back to banging the drum on the abortion issue, since that means he’s somewhat distracted from his other passion: eliminating birth control.

Yes, if Black’s name seems somewhat familiar, it’s because he was the “baby pesticides” man. As we reported back in 2011 before he won his seat, Black was already on the cutting edge of anti-choice zealotry, known for complaining about the lack of “morality” surrounding contraception, and told the Washington Times that he was “concerned that birth control is contributing to a low birth rate in the United States and called contraceptives ‘baby pesticides.'”

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Black was elected anyway.

Roe is already on the rocks and abortion is something that many would be happy to see go back to the back alley. But don’t forget that for many, Griswold V. Connecticut was just as wrongly decided, and that was just about allowing married couples the right to use birth control. If they can overturn Roe, there’s little doubt where they want to go next.

For your birth control.