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Dispatches From The War On Women: Contraception Could Be Illegal Again

Dispatches From The War On Women: Contraception Could Be Illegal Again

Welcome to Dispatches, your round-up of the latest news from the frontlines of the War on Women. Have a story from your state or an idea on how to push back? Share them here and fight back against the War on Women.

When thinking of possible legal challenges to abortion rights, Roe v. Wade is generally the Supreme Court case most cited as under attack. But in the last year conservatives have made it clear they are not just interested in Roe, they’ve got their sights set on Griswold v. Connecticut, the landmark decision that held that personal privacy rights include the right to use contraception and that the state cannot constitutionally compel procreation. Rick Santorum thinks it was wrongly decided. Rep. Steve King agrees. Sen. Rand Paul wants a federal personhood bill. Each of these is an assault on the basic premise that individuals can control procreation beyond just not having sex, a right Griswold fundamentally protects and a premise we can no longer assume will be treated as settled law.

A federal judge may have to decide if terroristic threats that are “divinely inspired” qualify as religious speech worthy of constitutional protection. This is a case to watch because if they are then it’ll be open season on women’s health providers.

The Prop 8 decision is now all but certainly headed to the Roberts Court.

First a Catholic hospital turned away a rape victim because of religious objections to treating her. Now another has denied a gay patient HIV medications. Words fail.

Kristina Chew weighs in on this bit of helpful New York Times reporting the fact that  Plan B is not an abortive.

Birth choice is under assault in North Carolina as the state shuts down 7 midwives. This is more evidence of a growing movement to criminalize pregnancy and reproductive health, not simply outlaw abortion.

Republicans blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act, a fact that should surprise exactly no one. In the short term that means that we’ll continue to short-change women in pay from about age 39 forward.

Appropriately, just before the vote Republicans launched a Women’s Policy Committee, a brand new coalition of the 24 GOP women in the House to help improve the party’s image on women’s rights.

Confirmed: money can buy any election.

When did we buy into the idea that there are “safe” levels of arsenic exposure, let alone for babies?

Let’s end it on a good note with Jeff Fecke, the WNBA and Title IX. For those who still don’t know, dollar for dollar there is no better professional sports experience for a family than the WNBA and yes, we have Title IX to thank for that.

Thanks for checking back and don’t forget to send in your stories, suggestions and comments. We’ll be back each weekday with the latest in the best and the worst from the War on Women. So long as the battle rages, we’ll cover the latest, so please check back!

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9:00AM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

For those who don't remember or know the history this is a good article. Please be informed. Contraception has been illegal in this country, not just in ancient times. Founder
According to the National Women's History Museum, New York nurse Margaret Sanger is considered the leader of the birth control movement. Sanger published articles and pamphlets on birth control in the 1910s and opened a birth control clinic in 1916. It was open only nine days before Sanger was jailed for 30 days for distributing contraception. She founded the American Birth Control League in 1922, and the organization opened the first legal birth control clinic in 1923. It was allowed to distribute condoms and diaphragms only to married couples.



Read more: History of the Birth Control Movement | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5052080_history-birth-control-movement.html#ixzz1yFsbhQBj

8:56AM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

@ Louis...Founder
According to the National Women's History Museum, New York nurse Margaret Sanger is considered the leader of the birth control movement. Sanger published articles and pamphlets on birth control in the 1910s and opened a birth control clinic in 1916. It was open only nine days before Sanger was jailed for 30 days for distributing contraception. She founded the American Birth Control League in 1922, and the organization opened the first legal birth control clinic in 1923. It was allowed to distribute condoms and diaphragms only to married couples.



Read more: History of the Birth Control Movement | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5052080_history-birth-control-movement.html#ixzz1yFsbhQBj

1:39AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

RE: Contraception Could Be Illegal Again. It's the government's way of encouraging same-sex marriages and, therefore, limiting the growth of the human population while eliminating the need for abortions.

8:29PM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

Contraception and birth control has never (and never will be) been illegal! Abortions are not contraception!

10:16AM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

Rin S., best comment!

All of the other logical arguments are awesome, too, but, sometimes, blatant expression is just best. Moreso, at citizens of the world, we must remember that not everyone uses logic to reason.

I am glad that I did not bring a human child into this world, nor am I in my most fertile years. (Sadly, I am still fertile, but it'd be harder for me to get pregnant.)

I truly feel for those who inherit the Earth.

9:54AM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

all of this is just ridiculous. i take birth control to control my acne! he's going to make it illegal and my acne will come back!! stupid. oh and good luck paying for more orphanages and more imprisonment costs because of all the unwanted children.

8:27AM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

So, they have already made abortion criminal in some states, will not pay for birth control in other states, now these holier than thou jerks want to make use of birth control illegal. So, is Rick Santorum & his ilk going to pay for all the unwanted children born if they manage to get birth control declared illegal. Use natural methods they say, & what are these 'MEN' & I use the term loosely going to do when wifey or girl friend are constantly having to say- NOT TONIGHT dear, birth control is against the law now, so there will be approx 2 weeks out of the month when NO penile sex can be engaged in to make sure I don't get pregnant. Guess you'll have to do your manual exercises. But I'm sure Rick Santorum & his equally mentally challenged ilk will still be wanting their 'rightful sexual relations', hope their women tell them where they can stick it. Thank god I live in Canada, not perfect place I know, but at least women still have rights concerning their reproductive functions/body.

5:48AM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

@David K- Thank you so much for your posts, I know I appreciated them!

7:06PM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

Carol B.-That was priceless! Take another green star out of petty cash!

6:17PM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

Avast! Here be trolls!
James M, or someone just like you, posted the exact same tired shit yesterday. Is it a canned posting given to you by your overlords or something? Go get a uterus.

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