Its not just your right to abortion they want to take from you; it’s your birth control, too.

August 1, 2007 at 4:49 pm (frightening things, injustice, politics, sexism, stupidity) (, , , , )

Cristina Page, author of the deeply gratifying book How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America: Freedom, Politics, and the War on Sex, has a very worthwhile article up at the Huffington Post right now. Thank you, Cristina, for detailing the various ways in which the republican candidates are screwing me over by slyly, oh so slyly working to steal not only my right to abortion, but to contraceptives as well.

Mitt Romney, for example, and his performance before the National Right to Life committee.

To layman’s ears, it all sounded pretty standard: He wants to overturn Roe v Wade. He supports only teaching abstinence to teens. But for those trained to hear the subtleties, Romney was admitting to his anti-abortion sweethearts something more. He inferred an opposition to the birth control pill and a willingness to join in their efforts to scale back access to contraception. With this political pillow talk there are key phrases, codes, to listen for — and for those in the religious right keeping score Romney nailed each one.

One code was “I fought to define life as beginning at conception rather than at the time of implantation.” The pregnancy specialists, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, define pregnancy as starting at implantation. This makes sense, given implantation is the first moment a pregnancy can be known. The anti-abortion movement would like a pregnancy to start at the unknown moment sperm and egg meet, fertilization. They’d also like you to believe, despite only evidence to the contrary, that the birth control pill prevents that fertilized egg from implanting in the womb. (Even the anti-abortion movement’s most respected physicians have attempted to prove to their brethren these claims are false to no avail.)

So basically, he was saying that he fought to ensure that birth control is redefined as murder.

In fact, he told the crowd, he already had some practice redefining contraception, stating, “I vetoed a so-called emergency contraception bill that gave young girls abortive drugs without prescription or parental consent.”

Go read the rest, and get informed about how many of the republican candidates are trying to screw YOU over! (Hint: all of them!) Then, read her book, and learn about the vast majority of the right-wing, bible-thumping, anti-choice network that also (knowingly or not) supports this anti-sex-for-pleasure agenda.

An older post about this book here.

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  1. Some reactions to “the abortion controversies” and women’s vanishing rights to full citizenship in the U.S. « Our Descent Into Madness said,

    […] maime, and kill (which is why the phrase about how anti-choicers think life starts at conception (or fertilization) and ends at birth originated). And then there’s the way that fetuses and developing clumps […]

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