They Are Coming for Your Birth Control: ‘Do We Want to Make the Pill Illegal? Yes!’


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.

Move over, 16 and Pregnant. MTV has a new message for teens that may be way more effective when it comes to educating them on sex and contraceptives.

Watch out for the rabid anti-choicers!

The network’s True Life series often focuses on unusual or controversial characters to draw in viewers, but a winter episode went beyond “I Hate My Body” or “I Have a Weird Habit” to an even darker place. “I Hate the Government” follows three young adults who say they don’t trust the government and have joined groups to “reform” it: a teenage Tea Party activist, a young woman trying to break into the militia movement, and an anti-choice extremist.


(The relevant portion of the episode begins at about 17:30.)

The show follows Andrew Beacham, who believes the current government needs to be tossed aside because it has abandoned the Bible. In watching the show, however, it becomes clear that the 28-year-old activist really is there simply to give camera time to former Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry. Beacham, as Terry’s accolade, is shown protesting with him, creating graphic abortion campaign ads, and even moving into a group home where the goal is to find a way to end all abortion.

But it’s not just abortion that they are targeting. Terry makes it clear that to be truly “pro-life,” you have to outlaw anything that will allow someone to have sex without risking pregnancy, childbirth, or parenthood—even if that means putting women in jail for avoiding pregnancy.

Terry: Without a clear message of “This is what it means to be pro-life,” then we’re doomed.

Beacham: Nobody articulates our message better than Randall.

Terry: Do we want to make the pill illegal? Yes. Do we want to make the IUD illegal? Yes. The morning after pill? Yes. The patch? Yes. Anything that’s a human pesticide, they all have to be made illegal. A woman has to go to jail if she kills her baby.

Of course, a number of anti-choice activists would bend over backwards to say that Terry doesn’t represent the mainstream of the movement. After all, the current Operation Rescue group is in constant battle to affirm its distance from its former leader. Yet although they may disagree with Terry’s newer tactics, such as purposefully getting arrested in public places or running political ads on television for the sole purpose of showing graphic images on screen, no one mentions disagreeing with his view of what it means to be “pro-life.”

In fact, much of what Terry said can be found echoed in the words of current office holders, from Sen. Dick Black (R-VA) to Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ).Even the anti-choice action group Population Research Institute argues against “human pesticides” like contraception being used to stop the creation of the “most precious resource”: more people.

The “outlaw birth control” mindset isn’t playing well with the MTV bunch, if the comments responding to the show are any indication. Hopefully, they will continue to be outraged over the idea, because soon they will learn that it isn’t just Terry they have to worry about.

The entire anti-choice movement is coming for your birth control.

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  • HeilMary1

    Looksist playboy wife-dumping pedophile randy Randall Terry should be in jail for pedophilia at one of his former churches, Munchausen by Proxy exploitation of fetuses to maim and murder women he’s not personally screwing in the biblical sense, and for his own hypocrisy regarding his own use of contraceptives and forced abortions to hide his adulteries and to avoid embarrassing love child support expenses.

    This should be a bumper sticker and the Democrats’ official campaign slogan:

    “If Jesus opposed abortion and contraception, he would have whipped the midwives instead of the money changers!”

  • Bridgette Dunlap

    Will some journalist please ask Cardinal Dolan this question. All the lawsuits claim they aren’t about the availability of contraception, but I expect because he believes contraception violates the “natural law” and that the civil law should uphold the natural law, it should be illegal. But he is too smart to volunteer that information.

    • HeilMary1

      And will Dolan also be asked about priests violating “natural law” when they pop Viagra pills during their sex tourist vacations in Bangkok and Manilla??

  • http://www.facebook.com/JDaleKemp Dale Kemp

    It’s incredible that there are actually people living in this country in the 21st Century who believe that sex is only for reproduction. I wonder how many only eat the minimum calories every day to meet their nutritional requirements.

    • HeilMary1

      Exactly! And for your information, early Christians did indeed treat food like “despicable” sex — early anorexic saints lived on bread and water alone like Jesus in the desert. I’ve used an updated holy anorexia analogy to show how crazy it would be if applied with the same ferocity as today’s holy sex haters.

  • cjvg

    Mandatory vasectomies!!!

    So when are they finally going to get around to the ultimate fool proof solution for it all?
    And the best thing is men are finally in control of all procreation, it is just one big win for them.
    Every boy upon completing adolescence will have his sperm stored and be given a mandatory vasectomy.
    When a man finds his baby mama, he can give written permission to use his sperm for impregnation.
    Barely any female birth control will be needed anymore (bar those with conditions needing them)

    Just look at all the benefits to society;
    cheap, quick, permanent surgery without risk.
    The environment has much less hormones in it,
    women are save from evil hormones and forced pregnancies,
    no abortions or plan B needed, unwanted abused children will be a thing of the past,
    no man will ever be tricked into father hood by those evil women again,
    all children born are wanted and well considered choices,
    no more dead beat dads.
    And best of all for these men, they are finally in charge of all procreation choices
    Just pure heaven, is it not?!

    So why do I never hear about that law being promoted?

    • http://www.facebook.com/Feral.9.Hex Carla Clark

      Because then they would be on the receiving end of having their right to bodily autonomy restricted. And that’s just BLASPHEMY.

      • cjvg

        But it is for their own good and the benefit of the whole of society!
        Women have been hearing this argument from them forever now, why should it not be applicable to men?!

        Or could it be?, no!, gasp, no!, tell me it is not so, men like these are just not that concerned with society, or their own good when they are the ones who have to give up rights?!

    • nicodetourn

      Offer tax breaks for verified vasectomies.

  • nicodetourn

    As a piece of rhetoric, the word “choice” became synonymous with “abortion” over the last decades, with dismal consequences for *abortion* rights. But that also made it easy to overlook that these people are against reproductive freedom in full, including contraception — 2 years ago it wouldn’t have occurred to a casual observer, even those who identified as “pro-choice,” that basic contraception was also in their sights, because all the rhetorical focus was on abortion, and negotiations over trimesters and fetal pain and fetal heartbeats and other such nonsense. Now that they’ve come out of the woodwork it’s all too clear that was a trap for repro rights advocates who now need to make up for lost time against an opposition that’s been laying in wait for decades. The language of “choice” has been a disaster. Every time I hear the word “choice” and talk of “anti-choicers” I want to scream. And cry.

  • DreadPirateZed

    “Acolyte”, not “accolade”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ingrid.heimark.5 Ingrid Heimark

    Let me just say one thing, they does not speak for all pro-lifers. To me, being opposed to BOTH contraception AND abortion is not only illogical, it is NOT pro-life. Preventing a new life from coming into being is no problem, in fact it is essential in many circumstances. A baby is not a punishment for extra-marital sex, and preventing life from coming into being is NOT murder in any way, shape or form. Pro-lifers should encourage contraception availability and training