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Wednesday, March 22

The War on Birth Control

Pretty soon they'll be pushing for a ban on menstruation and masturbation.

Salon has got an article worth reading (and doing the free day pass thing) concerning the war on birth control. Yes, there is a war on it. We've covered it here before. The war on abortion is making great strides and the next part naturally is to eliminate birth control because apparently not allowing an egg to fertilize or attach itself to the uterus is in effect, abortion, say the hyperactive anti-sex zealots. And they are doing something about it.

Many of the National Right to Life Committee state affiliates have opposed legislation that would provide insurance coverage for contraception. Iowa Right to Life even lists a host of birth control methods -- including the pill, the IUD, Norplant and Depo-Provera -- as abortifacients.

Since birth control pills are now likened to having an abortion, it's no wonder that uninformed pharmacists and even doctors, god help us, have opposed Plan B emergency contraception (a large dose birth control pill). The anti-sex people believe that the very instance that a sperm meets an egg, a human life has begun. But when does it become a human being?

How do they address condoms, which prevent a sperm from reaching an egg? Why you attack condoms and say that they don't prevent STDs... you take it further and claim that it helps cause the spread of STDs!

You think it's laughable that all this 'abstinence only' stuff is being passed off as sex education? These guys are serious about making sure that people are not only abstinent, but will be punished with having to bring up a child they don't want because they won't be able to get birth control should they suddenly decide to not be abstinent, even in marriage.

During the 2005 legislative session, more that 80 bills in 36 states were introduced that would restrict minors' access to birth control. On the federal level, the Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization and Affordability Act, currently being considered in Congress, would allow insurers to ignore state laws mandating contraceptive coverage. And then there is the matter of pharmacists and "conscience clause" laws. South Dakota, Arkansas, Georgia and Mississippi already allow pharmacists to refuse to fill contraceptive prescriptions. And at least 15 states have legislation pending that would allow not just pharmacists to refuse to dispense prescriptions, but would also protect cashiers who refused to ring them up.
Overzealous anti-abortionists are really not all that anti-abortion as much as they are steadfastedly against women doing anything but breeding and staying home. There are some factions of the anti-choice movement who oppose child care too.

The good thing about all this? The crackpottery of the "have babies whether you like it or not movement or just don't have sex even if you're married, you slut" makes it easier for pro-choicers to make a good stand for protecting women's rights overall. When you add anti-birthcontrol activism (even if you're married) and anti-daycare into the so called "pro-life" argument, you'll see former anti-choice women starting to wake up and smell the coffee. It will become pretty obvious once and for all why pro-choicers have been claiming that the anti-abortion movement is a slippery slope.

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