It seems as if conservatives are hell-bent on diminishing women’s reproductive choices. In their lifetimes women spend, on average, about three years being pregnant or trying to be pregnant and thirty years trying very hard not to get pregnant, so contraception is an important topic for them. So, why all the conservative attacks on contraception? Women comprise over half the U.S. population and are voting in record numbers.
I understand that Catholics have a policy against contraception but most U.S. conservatives are evangelicals, not Catholics, and evangelicals have no anti-contraception policy.
With regard to abortions, a majority of Americans favor women’s right to choose, so there aren’t a lot of votes to curry by these politicians. Is this a moral stand? Come on, these are politicians we are talking about. If they saw a moral stand, they would probably bump into it and knock it over.
The conservatives say they are in favor of small government but they keep trying to pass (and are passing) laws that would have police and government lawyers intruding into bedrooms and hospital delivery rooms.
The surprising thing to me is they haven’t thought through what they are asking for. Let’s imagine that they get their wish. Abortions are illegal. Contraception is illegal. Birthrates soar. Is that a good thing for conservatives?
Well, the highest birthrate in the U.S. by ethnicity is of Hispanics. The next highest is African-Americans. Dead last is the Caucasian birthrate. So, one effect, well other than more women dying from back alley abortions, is that conservatives will be increasing the percentage of the population which is non-white hastening the day when white people will be a minority in this country. Hispanics and African-Americans also tend to vote Democratic.
I wonder if the racist wing of the Republican Party has thought about this.
[For those of you who think this is too harsh, consider what happened after the Civil Rights Act passed in the mid-1960s (Johnson was president but the original initiative was Kennedy’s). The Democratic South went Republican almost overnight. If you want to think the racists took over the Republican Party, which is largely a Southern party to this day, or were just welcomed with open arms, they are still there.]