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.
Anti-contraception arguments keep coming, and coming, and coming…
The anti-choice movement has quickly moved from just trying to stop abortions to stopping non-procreational sex all together. Katie Hall over at Huffington Post has a list of the most egregious arguments against birth control from the last year, and many of them are part of the familiar refrain—the government shouldn’t be in the business of supporting sexual activities by subsidizing contraception, birth control isn’t that expensive, sex with contraception doesn’t leave room for the Holy Spirit.
But Hall has one I must have missed—it makes dirty old men take advantage of sweet young things.
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Over-the-counter birth control pills could encourage men to prey upon younger girls and dictate their contraceptive choices, according to Janice Shaw Crouse of the Christian activist group Concerned Women for America.
“Any guy who is older and taking advantage of a younger girl could put her on a pill,” Crouse said last week, according to The Washington Times. She called the ACOG recommendation “reckless” although that report did not discuss teen use of birth control.
On the one hand, I suppose at the very least it is refreshing that someone is seeing young women as something other than “spiders” luring men into their “webs.” But once more the conservative Christian “concern” turns on and off based on who is doing the manipulation at the time. When teens are seeking birth control or abortions, it’s because they are being taken advantage of by evil influencers and cannot be trusted to make their own decisions. When they choose to give birth when they get pregnant, they are mature young ladies capable of making their own decisions. And when they are sexually assaulted by groups of men years older then them, they are tiny pre-teen temptresses.
How does the fanatic anti-choice movement deal with their own inconsistencies? It just doesn’t matter that much to them, at least, not when they are coming for your birth control.