Reproductive rights activists have been claiming for decades that for conservatives the abortion battle wasn’t really about abortion but about sex. Considering the fight conservatives are showing around contraception, it’s pretty clear that’s the case.
I’m not talking about the attacks on Sandra Fluke, as reprehensible as those have been, and I’m not even talking about the ridiculously offensive congressional kabuki of the Issa hearings and the debate around the Blunt amendment. I’m talking about the specific legislative attacks on contraception.
It’s an attack taking shape in the push for fetal personhood, and it’s an attack that could morph into states taking the initiative and just outlawing contraception on their own. At least, that is what Rep. Steve King (IA) is suggesting.
During a House Judiciary Committee Rep. King said that Connecticut had a right to ban contraception in Griswold v. Connecticut, the 1965 Supreme Court decision that overturned a law in Connecticut that prohibited the use of birth control, even for married couples. According to King, states have the power under the 10th Amendment to ban contraception despite the fact that the Supreme Court held the constitutional right to privacy says otherwise.
It’s not just Rep. King’s contempt for the law that should trouble us. It’s his clear willing to disregard it while under oath to uphold it.
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