Conservatives Look to Ban Contraceptives
by Jonathan Singer, Sun Sep 13, 2009 at 02:26:49 PM EDT
Josh Hafenbrack of the Orlando Sentinel reports on what conservatives in Florida are apparently working on:
A nationwide anti-abortion group launched an effort in Florida Friday to outlaw all abortions and certain types of birth control, including oral contraceptives and the morning-after pill.
The religion-infused movement, called "Personhood Florida," would define conception in Florida's constitution at the "biological beginnings," supporters said -- when the sperm meets the egg. The group filed its amendment today but the exact ballot language is still being worked out, said Secretary of State Spokeswoman Jennifer Krell-Davis.
The amendment seeks to outlaw all abortions, even in cases of rape and incest. Also criminalized: the morning-after pill and oral contraceptives taken by women, known as the pill. "There are some (birth control) methods that kill a child," said Pat McEwan, who is leading the Personhood Florida group.
The right to contraception in this country, vested in individual's rights to privacy, has been officially recognized in this country for decades -- since Griswold v. Connecticut, decided in 1965, and later Eisenstadt v. Baird, decided in 1972. According to a Harris Interactive poll (.pdf) commissioned by The Wall Street Journal in 2007, a remarkable 88 percent of Americans approve of birth control pills and other such procedures. That conservatives would believe in this right, and further that the use of oral contraceptives should be banned, it a truly radical position, one that shows just how far outside the mainstream the organizational right currently sits.