‘I think women have nothing to fear with when it comes to contraceptives, he will doing nothing on that issue.’
Asked to expand and clarify her point, Santorum told Morgan that if elected president, her husband would respect a woman’s right to contraception, and would not allow his religious beliefs to impact his political position:
‘Absolutely not. And again I think the issue is the government forcing people to go against their conscience. That’s really the issue here.’"-
Karen Santorum defends her husband, saying women “have nothing to fear,” on Piers Morgan last night.
Honestly, I think it’s more dangerous when people in positions of power spew their filth and incite hysteria. I also think it’s absolutely outrageous how we all just seem to think it’s acceptable that no one really understands that those radical “Personhood” Amendments DO outlaw birth control, and Rick Santorum is just one of many politicians who come out in favor of them and back pedal later. He has also said this and this, so maybe Karen needs to read up on Rick Santorum’s public views about contraception.
"Any politician who regards the adult use of contraceptives as a matter under his purview cannot lay claim to the limited government label, nor can he credibly invoke a tradition rooted in the pursuit of happiness. And it’s baffling that a presidential candidate would survey a world of poets, clergy, cognitive neuro-scientists, novelists, happily married elderly people, and a polity with sexual tastes as diverse of ours, and regard politicians as a useful authority on what kind of sex is special."- Conor Friedersdorf, “Rick Santorum Wants Your Sex Life to be ‘Special,’” at the Atlantic
"The state has a right to [ban contraception], I have never questioned that the state has a right to do that."
"I really do think that it is the great tragedy of American politics that this issue divides us so profoundly. It’s a very painful issue to talk to just about anybody with, and I think there’s a surprising lack of basic human charity when people talk about this issue, no matter what their position. I feel that so much of the kind of murderous rhetoric of American politics and what we decry as the ‘decline of civility’ or ‘hyperpartisanship’ are really troubling as a citizen to watch. And I do think that even when we’re not talking about abortion, we are talking about abortion."
For the third time in this country, voters of varying political perspectives and personal philosophies have rejected these ballot measures, recognizing them for what they are – an extreme, dangerous and direct assault on the constitutional rights that we are all guaranteed. Outlawing medical services commonly used and relied upon by Americans in their personal lives runs completely counter to the U.S. Constitution, not to mention some of our most deeply held American political traditions and values.
By its supporters’ own admission, the measure had implications far beyond banning all abortions—including banning many forms of birth control and fertility treatments. The measure was without a doubt a massive evisceration of everyone’s constitutional rights. Today’s vote is a huge victory for anyone concerned about protecting our constitutional rights against erosion. And it sends an unequivocal message to proponents of these measures – that the American people, no matter the political perspective, will not stand for such blatant attacks on the health and constitutionally protected rights of women in this country."-
Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, on Mississippi’s vote, which determines that they believe WOMEN ARE PEOPLE.
Contraception already prevents 112 million abortions a year, by U.N. estimates. The United Nations Population Fund is a bête noire for conservatives, but its promotion of contraception means that it may have reduced abortions more than any organization in the world.
Republicans are seeking to cut more money from global family planning — which, in poor countries, would mean more abortions and more women dying in childbirth. Conservatives have also sought to slash Title X Family Planning programs within the United States. The Guttmacher Institute estimates that in a year these domestic programs avert 973,000 unintended pregnancies, of which 406,000 would end in abortions.
Guttmacher calculates that these family-planning centers in the United States actually save taxpayers roughly $3.4 billion annually that would otherwise be spent on pregnancies and babies.
-Nicholas Kristof - “The Birth Control Solution,” NYTimes.com
The column mentions this vaginal contraceptive ring being developed by the Population Council, which could not only prevent pregnancy for A YEAR, but could also administer medication to reduce the risk of AIDS infection. I cannot believe that scientists have developed something like this that is not readily available, because it’s amazing to me that American women, much less women in the developing world, don’t have more access to birth control that lasts for a year or longer. Would you use this? I would use this.
That’s partly because the Personhood movement hopes to do nothing less than reclassify everyday, routine birth control as abortion. The medical definition of pregnancy is when a fertilized egg successfully implants in the uterine wall. If this initiative passes, and fertilized eggs on their own have full legal rights, anything that could potentially block that implantation – something a woman’s body does naturally all the time – could be considered murder. Scientists say hormonal birth-control pills and the morning-after pill work primarily by preventing fertilization in the first place, but the outside possibility, never documented, that an egg could be fertilized anyway and blocked is enough for some pro-lifers.
Indeed, at least one pro-Personhood doctor in Mississippi, Beverly McMillan, refused to prescribe the pill before retiring last year, writing, “I painfully agree that birth control pills do in fact cause abortions.” Bush does prescribe the pill, but says, “There’s good science on both sides … I think there’s more science to support conception not occurring.” Given that the Personhood Amendment is so vague, I asked her, what would stop the alleged “good science” on one side from prevailing and banning even the pill?
Bush paused. “I could say that is not the intent,” she said. “I don’t have an answer for that particular [case], how it would be settled, but I do know this is simple.” Which part is simple? “The amendment is simple,” she said. “You can play the ‘what if’ game, but if you keep it simple, this is a person who deserves life.” What about the IUD, which she refuses to prescribe for moral reasons, and which McMillan told me the Personhood Amendment would ban? “I’m not the authority on what would and would not be banned.” No – Bush simply plays one on TV. And if her amendment passes, only condoms, diaphragms and natural family planning — the rhythm method – would be guaranteed in Mississippi."
"If we give your daughters and granddaughters access to birth control they will instantly turn into wanton harlots with an insatiable sexual appetite. Because you know women are always on the edge of nymphomaniacal orgiastic abandon! They will pick up the prescription, pop a pill, then bone the pharmacist, the stock boy, and everyone in line for the bus. Why? Because birth control was paid for by the government."-
Stephen Colbert (I CAN’T. I AM DYING RIGHT NOW.)
But you guys think this is a not joke, right? Reblog it as an example of my sin.