Rep Steve King: States Can Ban Contraception

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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lis Gunn
lis Gunn5 years ago

Kimberlee W. You have raised some interesting points here and I look forward to reading some of the the anti-choicers. How can an American state make laws for its population that may be contrary to the federal law? I'm not thinking of taxation matters as I understand that there are taxes at federal (which all Americans pay), state and local levels but something fundamental.Nor am I thinking of the death penalty which some states still have (Particularly George W's Texas).

Can a state just decide to pass a law that will require vehicles to drive on the left rather than the right hand side of the road. Or would it cost too much to change all the road signs?

It seems all these anti-choicers/religious zealots are doing a very good job of "divide and conquer" so that women, primarily in some states will be less equal or inferior in the eyes of the law to those in other states.

Raphael M.
Raphael M5 years ago

Sure, conservatives don't believe in Big Government....except when it comes to regulating women's sexuality.

They believe in freedom, except when it comes to women...or minorities...or dissidents...or certain books...or science...or frisking people at the airport as if they were criminals...or monitoring all US emails and phone conversations, because we are now all potentially guilty until proven innocent.

But then you have to wonder what is the real agenda of the political leadership of this nation while we are being completely distracted by absolutely idiotic, backward, irrelevant topics such as banning contraception...what is really going on behind this circus?

Lynne Brittany
Lynne B5 years ago

There are already too many unwanted children in this world, don't add to them.

Jade H.
Jade H5 years ago

Wonder what is next for this country? Martial Law? Women classified as "chattel" or "breeding stock" ??? 40 years ago we were fighting to get the ERA Amendment passed, and failed. Now we're looking at men passing regulations on our bodies. Time to hit the streets, ladies - this is insanity at it's worse level and being driven forward by scared men. NOT a good combination.

trina firey
Trina D. firey5 years ago

This type of discussion should not be occurring in political arenas in this century.
It makes me sick! Republicans are 90% responsible. Vote Repubs out of congress asap

Ingela Flockhart

You are already too many in the U.S.!

Lynda Duke
Lynda Duke5 years ago

Stop the Insanity! Stop the Republicans Attack on Women! Leave the women's rights alone!!!

Julimar C.
Julimar C5 years ago

Americans, we better start fighting back. All these idiots are doing is pushing stupid bills based on their beliefs while ignoring the real problems. And sadly, they will always have even bigger idiots following them blindly.

Mike and Janis B.
Janis B5 years ago

Perhaps if their mothers had used contraception we would have fewer misogynistic morons in government. What precautions a women decides to take is between her and her conscience or convenience. Certainly it isn't the purview of some ignorant men. And this is the land of freedom?

Kenny West
Kenny Wes5 years ago

Obama's a genius. He created this discussion to remind us that this election isn't just about the economy.