They Are Coming for Your Birth Control: Pro-Lifers Must “Advocate for Sexual Restraint”

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.

Charlotte Lozier Institute’s Michael New is at it again, with another article reminding us of why the battle over the right to control a woman’s reproduction is about more than just abortion, but also about contraception and the act of sex itself.

Writing in the National Review Online, New posits that the clearest way to determine a person’s opinions on whether abortion should remain legal is to examine whether or not that person believes premarital sex is immoral. It’s a fairly simple gamble to make, and one that doesn’t need any studies or surveys to really back it up. Considering almost 60 percent of Americans think that premarital sex isn’t a sin, and that 95 percent of Americans have had premarital sex (yes, even people who believe they were going to Hell for doing it… well, do it), the idea that the same minority of people would also believe abortion is immoral would make perfect sense.

What doesn’t make sense (at least, not if anti-choice advocates really want to end legal abortion) is arguing that the best way to proceed is to convince people that premarital sex is wrong. I guess the assumption is that as a corollary, more people would then want abortion ended as well?

New writes:

I always remind pro-lifers that a promiscuous society will never support significant restrictions on abortion. While pro-lifers are good at talking about fetal development and personal responsibility, we are less comfortable with subjects such as sexual activity and contraception. Indeed, it is doubtless more difficult to advocate for sexual restraint than for the unborn. However, this is a battle in which pro-lifers must continue to engage if we are to succeed in our goal of providing legal protection to all unborn children.

I’m just going to backtrack and insert this again. Over 95 out of 100 people report having premarital sex. Yes, 95 percent. And they have been for decades. The only difference between 95 percent of people in the fifties having sex and 95 percent of people today having sex before marriage?

Now we have birth control.

Or, at least we do at the moment. But who knows how long that will last since, as New makes it clear, they are coming for your birth control. For the sake of ending abortion, of course.


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  • Lynnsey

    I sincerely hope that at some point we grow up and realize that sex is a normal thing that healthy mature people do instead of a naughty shameful thing you ought not do unless you want to make babies. Then, perhaps we could deal with preventing unintended pregnancy and its social and financial cost in a mature way.

    • rtdrury

      I think we can dispense with the doomed ideas of elites, from chastity belts to magik pillz, and all the rest too. I think we can instead tune into our own internal wisdom, which is already in synch with nature, fertility cycles and all.

      • Joan2

        Good luck with your fertility cycles and all, rt. I prefer to keep relying on the pill.

    • keefers42

      sex makes babies it’s just not for fun

      • Lynnsey

        Why not? Because your imaginary friend says so?

        • HeilMary1

          Because his pedophile priests told him so! Don’t you know? — only pedophile priests and adulterous GOPers are allowed fun, non-procreative sex!

      • Jennifer Starr

        I beg to differ, sex is definitely ‘for fun’. And not everyone has to follow the dictates of your church. Incidentally, have you ever heard of punctuation?

  • HeilMary1

    Fetal idolators have made it clear many times that even marital sex should be for procreation only, excepting, of course, for adulterous child-free hypocrite millionaire Rethugs like Rush Limbaugh and pedophile priests.

    • keefers42

      why so much hate? do you love murder of helpless babies who did nothing?

      • bj_survivor

        What the hell are you on about? Forced-birthers have murdered far more helpless babies, children, women and men than any pro-choicer ever has. So has your imaginary friend.

      • HeilMary1

        I don’t hate babies, but your death cult sure does: not only does it demand that millions be starved to death or murdered as “heretics”, it also covers up for priests that force abortions and infanticide on their rape victims!

      • Jennifer Starr

        If you love babies so much, why do you and other “pro-lifers” fight to cut things like education, WIC, AFDC, SChip and health care reform? You know, things that actually help children?

  • Dawn9476

    Yeah. Good luck with that.

  • PictishMonster

    Let the anti-choicers declare themselves anti-premarital sex. Loud and proud. Let them be goaded into doing so as much as possible, at every turn. The more they talk that line, the more out of touch they reveal themselves to be. The anti-sex agenda is a loser.

    • keefers42

      people have turned sex into a peversion not what it is really fori cite un wanted babies stds etc.

      • PictishMonster

        Exhibit A, ladies and gentlemen.

      • Jennifer Starr

        All those things have existed for centuries, long before there was effective contraception. And even then, people were looking for ways to prevent conception (herbs, condoms sewn out of leather, etc.) I know that your side likes to pretend that all was sweetness and light before the dreaded pill, but it just isn’t so.

  • Mindy McIndy

    People were having premarital sex at those numbers for more than just decades. The only difference (besides effective birth control) is that we talk about it more now.

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  • keefers42

    bottom line don’t want a baby don’t have sex

    • Mariah Dennison

      Oh, give me a break. You think unmarried people are the only ones who don’t want children? I have one child who ended up with type 1 diabetes…now that I know that exists within either my or my husband’s genes, I have no desire to pass that on again.

      So by your “logic”, I should never have sex with my husband again.

    • bj_survivor

      My husband and I do not share your idiotic notion that an insensate cluster of barely differentiated tissue is a person deserving of more rights than any other person, especially the person within whom it resides. So why should we stop having sex? Butt out, panty sniffer.

      • HeilMary1

        He’s just mad that he’s not getting any!

    • HeilMary1

      Bottom line: tell your pedophile and playboy priests and adulterous GOP politicians to practice what they preach!

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