Conservatives Look to Ban Contraceptives

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.

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Conservatives for crime and punishment

Makes sense, how can you prosecute women for getting abortions if they can stop an unwanted pregnancy before it happens?  

Bring back the racks?  

by anna shane 2009-09-13 03:28PM | 0 recs
Re: Conservatives Look to Ban Contraceptives

And how are they going to track the supposed "murder" of a so-called "person"?  After all, anywhere from 1/2 to 2/3 of all fertilized eggs naturally fail to implant.  It's kind of hard to prosecute a woman who's supposed to be the witness, suspect and scene of the crime all in one.

That won't stop the crazies from trying, of course.

by Blue Jean 2009-09-13 03:51PM | 0 recs
Re: Conservatives Look to Ban Contraceptives
I doubt if they've even given that any thought, I'm sorry to say.
I don't approve of abortion, but I'm almost embarassed to admit I share that kind of perspective. In my opinion, the anti-abortion movement jumped the shark 20 years ago.
by spirowasright 2009-09-13 04:51PM | 0 recs
Re: Conservatives Look to Ban Contraceptives

They would charge them with neglect.

by Khun David 2009-09-13 07:02PM | 0 recs
The American Taliban

Proponents are blaming the auto industry's troubles and the coming "bankruptcy" of the auto industry on abortion.

I think this measue have almost no chance but we can't take the risk of this measure passing.  We should welcome the reopening of the culture wars.

by esconded 2009-09-13 04:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Conservatives Look to Ban Contraceptives

Yawn. Absolutely no chance of succeeding.

by Nathan Empsall 2009-09-13 04:10PM | 0 recs
Whenever I see this

I have to admire the conservatives: they're not too chickenshit to push their far right agenda.

But liberals?  Are too chickenshit to forward anything more liberal than a minimum wage law or stem cell research.  It's pathetic.

by Drew 2009-09-13 04:45PM | 0 recs

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