Friday, February 17, 2012

Quote of the Day: Rick Santorum says states should be able to ban birth control | Women Are Watching

Quote of the Day: Rick Santorum says states should be able to ban birth control | Women Are Watching

Rick Santorum's taking some heat because of something one of his supporters said about birth control [suggesting that women should hold an aspirin between their knees instead of taking real contraception]. Forget about what his supporters say. Rick has said enough, all on his own, to make any independent woman fear him greatly. The logic of allowing women to plan for their children, to delay pregnancy until they are emotionally and financially secure enough to raise a child would seem to be irrefutable. Such is not the case in Rick's world. Women must accept their lot as nothing more than mothers, mothers of as many children as they can conceive and carry to term; or accept a life of abstinence. There is no middle ground in the world Rick lives in.
And his world view is gaining ground, as Republican controlled state governments work to pass ever more restrictive rules. Consider the new 'personhood' movement. According a fetus, from the moment of conception, full rights and privileges. Which could then be extended to mean that any means of contraception that works after the moment of conception to be murder. No more 'morning-after' pill. No more birth control pills that prevent the implantation of the fertilized egg. We're back to the diaphragm and condoms. Unless the state you live in passes a law against those too. Because in Rick's world, each state should be able to decide on rules of contraception. Each state should be able to wiggle it's way into the most private of discussions a woman and her partner should be having, and tell them what is acceptable, what isn't.

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