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Santorum against birth control

2012-01-05 13:11:32.770719+00 by Dan Lyke 8 comments

At some point I realized that the anti-abortion folks weren't after Roe v. Wade, they were after Griswold v. Connecticut, the Supreme Court decision that decided that the states don't have the right to prohibit birth control for married couples because of a right to privacy within the marriage. The current Republican presidential primary campaign has reaffirmed this in spades. Salon: Rick Santorum is coming for your birth control points out Santorum's statements on the topic.

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#Comment Re: made: 2012-01-05 18:51:34.805392+00 by: Dan Lyke

Santorum fights against rights he and his wife have used: http:// mobile.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2012/01/05/ rick_santorum_has_worked_hard_at_denying_you_the_medical_options_ he_was_ready_to_use_.html

#Comment Re: made: 2012-01-05 19:06:42.396988+00 by: Larry Burton

This is what prompted my thought about government subsidies being the source of all discontent in this country. Santorum has made the statement that all things immoral shouldn't necessarily be illegal and I think he sort of meant that, acknowledging that 'immoral' is a subjective idea. I do think that he believes that what is immoral to him he shouldn't be forced to support with tax dollars and that's what spawned the thought.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-01-05 22:22:11.274247+00 by: Dan Lyke

I've heard a bunch of soundbites that run counter to the "things immoral shouldn't necessarily be illegal", for instance:

They have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down and regulations low, that we shouldn't get involved in the bedroom or in cultural issues. That is not how traditional conservatives view the world.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-01-06 05:14:36.31314+00 by: spc476

Oh God! Can we vote a hamster into office? Right now, nobody looks good.

Or maybe a goat. Then Congress will have something they can butt their heads against.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-01-06 13:31:09.326633+00 by: JT

Why is the same group that's against birth control and abortion also against gays? I'd think those two would go hand in hand. Who doesn't ever have to worry about birth control or abortion? The couples incapable of reproducing...

#Comment Re: made: 2012-01-06 15:38:44.859586+00 by: Dan Lyke [edit history]

JT, the group that's against birth control and abortion isn't about being against those two, they're about forced procreation.

Dan Savage talks a bit more about memetic engineering:

My readers and I did not redefine Santorum because he disagrees with us strongly about gay marriage. We redefined his name after he compared gay relationships to dog fucking and child rape—"man on dog, man on child"—in an sprawling interview with a freaked-out AP reporter. In that interview Santorum insisted that Americans do not have a constitutional right to privacy. Santorum defended sodomy laws that criminalized private, consensual, adult sexual activity—between gay or straight couples. It wasn't Santorum's opposition to same-sex marriage, it was his support for bringing felony charges against gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and heterosexuals for private, consensual, adult sexual conduct that inspired the campaign. ...

(That link in which Dan Savage schools the NYT on journalism is via Eros Blog)

#Comment Re: made: 2012-01-09 11:18:34.849286+00 by: JT

What goes on between two consenting adults, and forced sex on animals and children seems like quit a leap to me, but... then again, this is a man who thinks that homosexuality is a choice. Personally, I'm heterosexual and couldn't just "choose" to change my sexuality. Is it possible that this man is pushing back some kind of latent bisexual urges and railing against it is the only way he can convince himself that he's combatting the evil inside of him? Could it be possible that he also fantasizes about animal/child rape and this is his way of fighting that as well?

#Comment Re: made: 2012-01-09 15:17:52.713841+00 by: Dan Lyke

The only thing I can figure is that the guy has only an external moral compass, and would, without that, engage in all of the activities he fears.