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With a Santorum Presidency, You May Lose Your Birth Control

With a Santorum Presidency, You May Lose Your Birth Control

Thanks to restrictive, anti-choice legislatures, we already currently have states where abortion is accessible in name only. Between waiting periods, ultrasounds, counseling sessions, lack of doctors who can provide an abortion and lack of clinics in the areas, some states are becoming virtual abortion-free zones, with women having to travel across state lines to obtain the procedure.

So what if that happened with birth control?

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum has a surprising chance to win the Iowa caucus today, mostly by mobilizing evangelical support. Although he is far behind former Governor Mitt Romney in New Hampshire, an Iowa win could place him in good standing and with the necessary momentum needed to gain ground and challenge Romney in South Carolina, too.

The likelihood of a Santorum nomination still seems like a longshot, yet it’s much more realistic today than it was even a week ago, which means suddenly his record and stances, especially those that effect women, are much more important.

Santorum would let states ban birth control. Think Progress reports, “Rick Santorum reiterated his belief that sates should have the right to outlaw contraception during an interview with ABC News yesterday, saying, ‘The state has a right to do that, I have never questioned that the state has a right to do that. It is not a constitutional right, the state has the right to pass whatever statues they have.’

Birth control is already becoming more difficult to access as states and the nation continue to push conscience clauses that exempt pharmacists from being “forced” to dispense any medication they do not agree with. And considering the number of states that have tried to push “personhood” amendments that define life at the moment of fertilization, it’s not a far stretch to believe that there are states out there that would be more than willing to make birth control illegal all together.

If Santorum wins the presidency, it could happen. The question then is, will you be living in a birth control free state, or not?

 

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9:42PM PST on Jan 10, 2012

I will be glad to see Rick Santorum loose his chane to be nominated.

5:22PM PST on Jan 8, 2012

A vote for Santorum is a vote for religious government, which is to say, increasingly like that found in many middle eastern countries. There they kill women for the slightest reason, such as the 13 year old who was beheaded for flirting. We're on a slippery slope here with guys like this.

1:47PM PST on Jan 7, 2012

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Another excellent example is in every form of scientific study. The scientist has an idea/hypothesis. S/he doesn't then just pronounce that idea the truth and tells other scientists to prove him/her wrong. No, it is up to the scientist to conduct experiments (proof) to determine if their idea is right or wrong, and then present his/her findings to the scientific community for scrutiny.

Finally, in any basic writing, or logic, course, you are told to state your argument and then provide the evidence for that argument, not tell the reader that they have to prove the author wrong.

You talk about person responsibility, well then, Diane, take some for your own beliefs and research. When you make a statement such as "70% of all new births are Hispanic births", you are saying this is true, therefore YOU have to provide the link (or citation) to the place where that "fact" has been published. It is then up to the opponent to prove his or her reply argument. Take responsibility for you arguments and be prepared to defend it with FACTS, not opinions.

It has been this way since the Socratic method and basic logic was started in Greece over 2000 years ago. It's only changed recently with the advent of Fox news and their idea that if you say something enough times it becomes true and all others have to prove that it is not. This is not how reasonable discourse or debate is conducted.

1:36PM PST on Jan 7, 2012

I've never fed a troll, so I guess it's time for me.

Diane O said, "Do your research if you want to be taken seriously. I have done mine. If you don't agree then prove me wrong....with your research. That's how it works, [sic]".

I'm sorry, Diane, but that is not how it works. In the real world, rather than the world that Fox news would like us to inhabit, when you make a statement during an argument it is YOUR responsibility to provide the evidence for those statements. It's been this way for many years now. At least, that's what I learned in high school, college and graduate school.

There are many, many examples of this. In a court of law, it is the prosecution who makes the accusation. It is their argument that the defendant committed the crime, therefore it is their responsibility to provide the proof for that argument. I guess Fox watchers don't remember that whole "innocent until proven guilty" thing, because if our system worked the way Diane says it works, it would be the defense's responsibilty to prove the person isn't guilty, rather than the other way around.

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8:04AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

Vote Democrat
The Republicans' destructive social policies ENSURE there will be UNESCESSARRY SUFFERING AND DEATH.

The Republicans dehumanize their victims like rapists, and use evil social policy to callously murder the non-rich.

The Republicans know this, and actively CHOOSE to cause UNESCESSARRY SUFFERING AND DEATH.

A vote for the Republican party might as well be rape and murder by proxy.

The Democrats on the other hand have made good on some of their promises despite Republican barriers, and continue to advocate for the middle/poor classes against the Republicans' wishes.

VOTE DEMOCRAT!

8:03AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

I made a video about why abortion should be easily available, and free for any woman that wants one. Here’s the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khKD77k6pNE&list

Watch it, share it, and join the fight against the evil anti-abortionists.

7:44AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

What part of "United" States of America are these people not understanding ?

So, if women can't use -or get access to - birth control, maybe the next action should be to give all the males a vascectomy ? If I was as extreme in my views as some of the Republicans, I would probably advocate for castratin instead.
That ought to solve the problem very easily.

12:46PM PST on Jan 6, 2012

"Be afraid...Be very afraid"!

11:14AM PST on Jan 6, 2012

psychopath

11:00AM PST on Jan 6, 2012

I don't think Santorum understands the constitution. The constitution isn't there to specify what YOU can do, it is there to specify what the GOVERNMENT can do, i.e. what the government can legislate.

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