News Abortion

Leading Virginia State Senate Candidate Once Called Birth Control “Baby Pesticides”

Robin Marty

Virginia could end up even more anti-woman, depending on the election's outcome.

Virginia’s Dick Black may not be elected to the state senate yet, but there’s no doubt that the folks currently serving already know him well.  As an active anti-choice activist, Black has made a name for himself as a Delegate, from pushing to allow pharmacies to refuse to sell birth control to sending pink plastic fetuses to colleagues to convince them to vote for anti-choice legislation.

And in case that wasn’t extreme enough, Black once called birth control “baby pesticides.”

Via The Washington Times:

“Anything designed to kill a child, which I define as a living organism with the DNA of Homo sapiens, is unacceptable,” said Delegate Richard H. Black, Loudoun County Republican.

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Mr. Black said, aside from the morality of the issue, he is concerned that birth control is contributing to a low birth rate in the United States and called contraceptives “baby pesticides.”

Black is currently leading in the race for the state senate seat. The election will be held November 8th.

News Abortion

They Are Coming for Your Birth Control: ‘Do We Want to Make the Pill Illegal? Yes!’

Robin Marty

MTV gives Randall Terry a platform to explain what "pro-lifers" are really after.

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.

Move over, 16 and Pregnant. MTV has a new message for teens that may be way more effective when it comes to educating them on sex and contraceptives.

Watch out for the rabid anti-choicers!

The network’s True Life series often focuses on unusual or controversial characters to draw in viewers, but a winter episode went beyond “I Hate My Body” or “I Have a Weird Habit” to an even darker place. “I Hate the Government” follows three young adults who say they don’t trust the government and have joined groups to “reform” it: a teenage Tea Party activist, a young woman trying to break into the militia movement, and an anti-choice extremist.

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(The relevant portion of the episode begins at about 17:30.)

The show follows Andrew Beacham, who believes the current government needs to be tossed aside because it has abandoned the Bible. In watching the show, however, it becomes clear that the 28-year-old activist really is there simply to give camera time to former Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry. Beacham, as Terry’s accolade, is shown protesting with him, creating graphic abortion campaign ads, and even moving into a group home where the goal is to find a way to end all abortion.

But it’s not just abortion that they are targeting. Terry makes it clear that to be truly “pro-life,” you have to outlaw anything that will allow someone to have sex without risking pregnancy, childbirth, or parenthood—even if that means putting women in jail for avoiding pregnancy.

Terry: Without a clear message of “This is what it means to be pro-life,” then we’re doomed.

Beacham: Nobody articulates our message better than Randall.

Terry: Do we want to make the pill illegal? Yes. Do we want to make the IUD illegal? Yes. The morning after pill? Yes. The patch? Yes. Anything that’s a human pesticide, they all have to be made illegal. A woman has to go to jail if she kills her baby.

Of course, a number of anti-choice activists would bend over backwards to say that Terry doesn’t represent the mainstream of the movement. After all, the current Operation Rescue group is in constant battle to affirm its distance from its former leader. Yet although they may disagree with Terry’s newer tactics, such as purposefully getting arrested in public places or running political ads on television for the sole purpose of showing graphic images on screen, no one mentions disagreeing with his view of what it means to be “pro-life.”

In fact, much of what Terry said can be found echoed in the words of current office holders, from Sen. Dick Black (R-VA) to Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ).Even the anti-choice action group Population Research Institute argues against “human pesticides” like contraception being used to stop the creation of the “most precious resource”: more people.

The “outlaw birth control” mindset isn’t playing well with the MTV bunch, if the comments responding to the show are any indication. Hopefully, they will continue to be outraged over the idea, because soon they will learn that it isn’t just Terry they have to worry about.

The entire anti-choice movement is coming for your birth control.

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.