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    Quote Originally Posted by Donna Brazile; Ms. Magazine
    Fending off the latest attacks on women’s reproductive health
    Forty-one years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court laid the groundwork for widespread access to birth control in the Griswold v. Connecticut case. Allowing women to plan and control their fertility didn’t just improve maternal and infant health in our nation; it helped increase educational and professional opportunities for American women. It has also led to a welcome decline in teen motherhood: According to the National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the teen-mother birthrate has declined 33 percent just since 1991.

    Now, a small-but-vocal cadre of social conservatives wants to turn back the clock, advocating that access to contraception again be limited. Their latest tactic: pressuring local pharmacies to stop filling birth-control prescriptions.

    The campaign is orchestrated by groups such as Pharmacists for Life (www.pfli.org) and Family Research Council (www.frc.org), who argue that easy access to contraception has contributed to moral decline. The truth is, these groups are adamantly opposed to a woman’s right to choose, and are finding new ways to chip away at Roe v. Wade.

    The extremist social conservatives don’t seem to want men practicing birth control any more than women. In Washington, D.C., for example, an informal survey by The Washington Post found that almost half of the district’s 50 CVS pharmacies lock up their condoms, as do several other well-known chains with pharmacies. The local chapter of Planned Parenthood has gone on alert, urging D.C. residents to use the “power of the purse” to force CVS to unlock their condoms and put them back on the shelves.

    Barriers to birth-control access have allowed the United States to fall dangerously behind in curbing unintended pregnancies. Of the 6.4 million pregnancies each year in this country, one-half are unintended—and nearly half of those end in abortion. A logical solution to lowering the abortion rate would be to eliminate barriers that prevent women from having access to affordable, safe and effective contraception—but that seems contrary to the tack birth-control opponents have taken.

    “Expanding access to contraception is the best way to prevent unintended pregnancies,” insists Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “Women should never have to worry about being denied contraception, which is basic health care...”

    Opposition to abortion doesn’t have to mean opposition to birth control. Take Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.): While staunchly opposed to abortion, he has nonetheless championed policies that would prevent unintended pregnancies. Recently, Reid teamed with Sens. Hillary R. Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and others to sponsor the Prevention First Act (S. 20). It would secure funding to ensure broad access to birth control, supply information to providers and consumers concerning emergency contraception, and require hospitals that receive federal funds to provide, upon request, emergency contraception to sexual-assault victims.

    Of course, the Bush administration has been no friend to family-planning efforts. Since coming to office in 2001, Bush and his allies have managed to stonewall approval for emergency contraception and substantially cut funding for both international and domestic family-planning initiatives— while greatly increasing funding for abstinence-only programs. Abstinence training not only hasn’t fulfilled the rosy expectations of social conservatives, but can have negative health consequences: A recent Columbia University study found that 88 percent of teenage girls who took “virginity pledges” eventually have premarital sex and are one-third less likely to use contraception when they do, making them vulnerable not only to unintended pregnancies but to sexually transmitted diseases.

    Our right to birth control is in particular jeopardy at the level of state law. Four states—Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi and South Dakota—have passed legislation to allow pharmacists to refuse dispensing emergency contraception. Another four—Colorado, Florida, Maine and Tennessee—maintain broad “refusal clauses” that give some health-care professionals leeway in refusing to fill emergency contraception and other birth-control prescriptions.

    Like other fights for reproductive rights, this new battle is what my mother, Jean, once called “all hands on deck.” All of us need to speak out about those who would chip away at our rights, and help educate our friends and community about the threat that looms as close as the neighborhood drugstore. For more information, see www.birthcontrolwatch.org or www.covermypills.org .
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    /headshake .. some folks..
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    It still amazes me how some people can be against contraception. I mean, if you're against it for any theological and moral reason, then don't use it. I can't understand why some don't do that simple concept. I suggest that these people do everyone a favor and look up what contraceptives actually do rather than automatically believe what they're are told.

    They don't have to agree with the information, but at least learn it so they can still let others practice using contraceptives when they don't want to personally.
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    The lie that birth control is abortion is so shallow, most people see right through it. The only reason people against birth control made up this lie is because they don't want to come right out and say what they are really against, which is:

    SEX without CONSEQUENCES.

    They do actually come right out with it occasionally, like when the HPV vaccine became available. They blatantly stated it would cause teen girls to be promiscuous, so it should be banned.

    It's quite simple. They want CANCER to be one of the consequences of having sex, just llike why they are anti-birth control. They want pregnancy to be a consequence of having sex.

    All of this is because they believe sex is for procreation only. The question is, why isn't it enough for them to restrict these things in their own lives? WHy do they care what everyone else does?

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    Very few people believe any of that. The only reason some bring pretend it is a majority is to avoid debate. Attack the debater not the issue, it's a common tactic. There are justifiable, if misguided, reasons to oppose contraceptives.
    "The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it." -Margaret Sanger Founder of Planned Parenthood

    Abortion cannot be safe, it kills almost every time, it is not rare despite years of pro-choice legislation, and it's legalization is the death sentence for millions.

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    Mugen, enough people believe this way to have a disasterous effect on tens of thousands of other people.

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    You are talking about result now, which is another debate completely. The disagreement I am having is over motivation.
    "The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it." -Margaret Sanger Founder of Planned Parenthood

    Abortion cannot be safe, it kills almost every time, it is not rare despite years of pro-choice legislation, and it's legalization is the death sentence for millions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by futureshock3
    The lie that birth control is abortion is so shallow, most people see right through it. The only reason people against birth control made up this lie is because they don't want to come right out and say what they are really against, which is:

    SEX without CONSEQUENCES.

    They do actually come right out with it occasionally, like when the HPV vaccine became available. They blatantly stated it would cause teen girls to be promiscuous, so it should be banned.

    It's quite simple. They want CANCER to be one of the consequences of having sex, just llike why they are anti-birth control. They want pregnancy to be a consequence of having sex.

    All of this is because they believe sex is for procreation only. The question is, why isn't it enough for them to restrict these things in their own lives? WHy do they care what everyone else does?
    Actually they should be all for sex without consequences, because it would mean less STD's and less unwanted pregnancies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MW1978
    Actually they should be all for sex without consequences, because it would mean less STD's and less unwanted pregnancies.
    Especially since it isn't only "promiscuous" people who get STDs or experience unintended pregnancies.
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    Especially since it isn't only "promiscuous" people who get STDs or experience unintended pregnancies.
    Bless you Kahlan !!
    This is so true.. I reiterate for some of the posters.. I have HPV.. I aquired HPV from my legally wedded then spouse.
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