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Birth Control and the Right

Welcome to the new America, which is the same as the old America.

That was my thought this morning after watching a week of the right trying very hard, in my opinion, to keep women 'barefoot and pregnant'. You may disagree with me right now, but let's take a closer look at why I say this.

First off, we have the Bush administration trying to label birth control as 'abortion' . Now, this is rather shocking, and I'm surprised that more news outlets aren't covering this possible change.


What about a woman's right to choose when or if she gets pregnant? What about safe sex to help curtail the spread of sexually transmitted diseases? Or was the current administration hoping that with the American public concerned about Iraq, rising gas costs, and the coming election, they could sneak in this change of law to force the women of this country to their ways of thinking?

Alma from San Diego
July 25, 2008 at 09:01 PM
OMG Steven...... This should not be so disturbing, reading the link you provided to the blog and Times reports about restructuring oral contraceptives as a milder version of abortion.... This man's unholy reign of terror in America is never going to end. His administration is so willing to make these sweeping changes without impunity. It continues to baffle. O'Reilly is just feeling free to be his ignorant self, but I have NO idea what McCain's purported excuse would be for going along w/this madness. He hopes to gain Clinton's camp of women voters by somehow avoiding this nonsense? Why, why, why have the Congressional leaders --not including Kucinich and a handful of others-- decided impeachment is a waste of time, given he's still a sitting president?? I'm all in a kerfuffle over this news. Thanks for your excellent commentary on the subject. This is hard to be objective about, gotta say, especially considering my current state. Bush's insanity gives me something to do. Planned Parenthood San Diego deserves a call from anyone opposing this new measure to find out what collective action is in the works.

michael valentine from spring Valley
July 26, 2008 at 02:07 AM
Bush's wrong headed fundamentalism seeps into policy all the time. In Africa no anti-aids measure that receives American aid can mention the use of condoms even though it is one of the few effective ways to combat the spread of this deadly disease. Why? Because condoms can be used as a contraceptive and that use encourages premarital sex or some such nonsense. This non-promotion of the most effective method of aids prevention means tens of thousands, perhaps even millions of Africans have been infected because Bush can't read the Bible. Shameful to have policy based on the faith of a moron.

Julia from San Diego
July 27, 2008 at 05:37 AM
This is only one example. Choices start way before risky encounters. I know of several men and women that habitually choose to participate in parties that include drugs and alcohol. Even after a woman (as a direct result of the party) gets pregnant, and later has an abortion, it is not unusual that the same woman will choose to continue to go to such parties, do the same behaviors and keep the same friends, with the result of another abortion. It is really sad to see the lack of the respect for life in such a situation. Both the man and the woman lack respect for each other, lack respect for themselves, lack respect for the nature of their bodies, and lack responsibility for their actions. No family creation here. Only a eugenics enthusiast or worse would accept these consequences.


nunya from arizona
July 30, 2008 at 08:19 PM
Of course, if all the women decided to just keep their legs SHUT then viagra wouldn't be doing men any good, would it?

Julia from San Diego
August 01, 2008 at 01:37 AM
Again, it's choice at every turn. But if the final choice is egocentric, then it may be like saying the heck with the consequences (even if they may be self-, family-, or child- endangering). Isn't anybody thinking anymore? Is nobody down-to-earth anymore? The illusion is that we have technology to repair the mistakes and fulfill our ambitions, but not really. Maybe that's why we need rude awakenings occasionally. Have you ever lost your home to a fire, for instance? I almost did and several people that I know did. All of sudden you think about the true value of a lot of things. The women and viagra activities sound really retro. Maybe it's time to grow up get mature about things.

Julia from San Diego
August 06, 2008 at 08:55 PM
Yes, let there be pills and gadgets for everything! The sale of pills is great for the economy. For the individuals that have enough food and shelter, more luxuries and sexual services can be purchased with the money saved (if money is used). By the way, health has more than just one side to it. Health also includes the health of good human relationships.

Manning from U.S.
January 11, 2009 at 01:36 AM
InvitatioToVisit: Christians have always had the freedom to use birth control under Biblical mandates of personal liberty. Online Examination Of What The New Covenant of Christ did for personal liberty for men and women.

Julia from San Diego
January 11, 2009 at 03:20 AM
Christians have indeed had the right to exercise a natural method of birth control. Science can even aid in the dependability and success of the natural method. But when the artificial methods of contraception began, there came a new and ugly social problem. Remember, birth control is not the same as contraception. Contraception has gone way beyond the bonds of marriage.

danielle smith from independence
January 15, 2009 at 01:30 AM
i am a 14 year old girl and i have been pregnant and i had a miscarriage and i dont want that to happen again