Note: Think that anti-choice politicians and activists aren’t trying to outlaw contraception? Think again. Follow along in an ongoing series that proves beyond a doubt that they really are coming for your birth control.
Mary Turner of Wisconsin is pretty sure she has a flawless reason that everyone who doesn’t want to be pregnant should just stop having sex—birth control failure. Oh, and “relationship failure.” She must be right, she claims, since both the Pope and Planned Parenthood are on her side.
Via the Lacrosse Tribune:
As for contraception and the Vatican, again the Alan Guttmacher Institute, Planned Parenthood’s research arm, has repeatedly reported that women seek abortion due to contraception failure.
Abstinence never fails to prevent pregnancy. Contraception can and does.
Turner is the former president of Life Voice, an anti-choice Wisconsin-esque anti-birth control group that vowed to “Tell the Truth With Charity About Contraception.” Allied with Pro-Life Action League, the organization that is responsible for a vast portion of the anti-choice presence outside of reproductive health clinics, the now defunct organization considered birth control, “the cause of so much chaos in the world today and the root of the abortion culture and the culture of death.” In 2006, she rallied with other anti-contraception groups eager to come up with an action plan to rid the country of the scourge that is birth control, seeing it as the next frontier to fight to eliminate. She told the Chicago Tribune:
“It’s new to some aspects of the pro-life world, and it’s old news in other parts of the pro-life world. It’s just beginning to be embraced more fully by the whole pro-life world,” said Mary Turner, 42, of La Crosse, Wis., one of about 180 people who attended Friday night’s opening of the two-day conference, called “Contraception is Not the Answer.”
That possibility alarms abortion-rights advocates, who warn that birth control, taken for granted by millions of women, could become a new battleground.
Turner may not be with Life Voice now, but luckily she still has a forum in newspapers sending letters to the editor to explain why she, and other anti-choice zealots, are coming for your birth control.