The womb control patrol escalates its battle
Het allies, we’ve been warning you that the fundies, while the homos are the whipping boy in vogue at the moment, are still working hard on its movement to control the womb and sexuality of the rest of you. It’s all one big ball of wax for them that they define as “moral values.” In that game, gays and anyone interested in non-procreative sex are the Satan-loving enemy.
Reproductive freedom has never been on the back burner for these folks, with the attacks on the sale of Plan B, efforts to put abortion service providers out of business, and the passing legislation allowing pharmacists not to dispense medications because of “religious principles” — isn’t it funny that these stories never seem to revolve around the Viagra? No, the fundies are focused women and gays.
In a frightening article in the Chicago Tribune, Abortion foes’ new rallying point, reporter Judith Graham reveals the escalation of the fundie wars over contraception itself — controlling women’s sexual behavior is clearly the goal. If you read their bleating, birth control is a “gateway drug” to all sorts of social ills.
Emboldened by the anti-abortion movement’s success in restricting access to abortion, an increasingly vocal group of Christian conservatives is arguing that it’s time to mount a concerted attack on contraception.
Their voices were raised in Rosemont on Friday and Saturday at an unusual anti-abortion meeting that drew 250 people from around the nation to condemn artificial birth control. Experts at the gathering assailed contraception on the grounds that it devalues children, harms relationships between men and women, promotes sexual promiscuity and leads to falling birth rates, among social ills.
“Contraception is more the root cause of abortion than anything else,” Joseph Scheidler, an anti-abortion veteran whose Pro-Life Action League sponsored the conference, said in an interview.
… “It is clear there is a major rethinking going on among evangelicals on this issue, especially among young people” disenchanted with the sexual revolution, said Rev. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “There is a real push back against the contraceptive culture now.”
It should be noted that these folks are mounting a challenge to this stark reality: according to the Guttmacher Institute, 98% of sexually active women 15 to 44 used at least one method of contraception — almost 40 million women in that age group use birth control. A Harris poll found that 91% of Americans believe couples should “have access to birth-control options.”
What this boils down to is a case for “women and men having sex only within marriage and only for the purpose of procreation,” said Steve Trombley, president of Planned Parenthood of Chicago, and “I don’t think that’s sellable in any corner of America.”
Those stats, however, mean little to these zealots (or the elected officials that they’ve put in charge). Some quotes:
“It’s time to get serious about denying Planned Parenthood funding for birth control or sex education and abortion. We need to hold them accountable for this contraceptive welfare. We have to work very carefully to keep that sword away from Planned Parenthood…Chemical contraception doesn’t prevent abortions, it causes abortion,” he said in an interview. “If we believe life begins at the moment of conception, we have to defend it against [this] chemical attack.”
— Rev. Thomas Euteneuer, president of Human Life International
“When people use contraception, they’re not asking themselves, do I want a lifetime relationship with this person or would this person be a good parent,” Smith explains. “They’re simply hooking up, typically because of sex, and sliding into marriage.”
— Janet Smith, professor of moral theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit
“It’s not just a side issue from pro-life, it’s the core issue. Abstinence is the way to prevent abortion.”
–Libby Gray Macke, director of Project Reality, an abstinence program in Illinois
How far will these people go?