Monday, October 22, 2012
Your Reproductive Decisions
Mitt Romney's has had so many different opinions about your uterus, birth control, and abortion, women cannot trust him. Besides, he doesn't even know the law.
Forty-seven years ago today, the Supreme Court ruled on a case concerning a Connecticut law that criminalized the encouragement or use of birth control.
Ruling that the states had no right to ban contraception for married couples, the landmark case of Griswold v. Connecticut established that a woman’s reproductive freedoms were protected by the Constitution. It signified the court’s belief that people should be free from the unnecessary interference of the state and considered “the very idea [of searching marital bedrooms for contraception] is repulsive to the notions of privacy surrounding the marriage relationship.” That was in 1965.
Now, in the year 2012, politicians have proven they want to go back to the last century. Seriously! Just listen to Mitt Romney in his own words disagreeing with the court’s ruling:
Seriously, now Romney wants to let states decide if women get birth control??! OMG!
Think Progress has this on Paul "vouchers for Medicare" Ryan (August 20, 2012):
Yesterday, ThinkProgress reported that Rep. Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin (R-MO) and GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan both cosponsored the bill that introduced America to the despicable term “forcible rape.” As it turns out, this may only be the second most sweeping attack on reproductive freedom that both men partnered on. Ryan and Akin also cosponsored a federal personhood bill, the Sanctity of Human Life Act of 2009, which declares that a fertilized egg is entitled to the exact same legal rights as a human being....
....Should Ryan and Akin’s personhood agenda take effect, however, it would drastically reduce women’s reproductive choice. The bill declares that a human egg obtains “all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood” the moment it merges with a human sperm. Thus, a Blastocyst-American would not only enjoy the same constitutional status as a fully grown adult, it would also enjoy any “legal” attributes enjoyed by adults. Because every states’ law makes it a crime to kill a human adult, the likely effect of Ryan and Akin’s personhood bill would be to treat killing a fertilized egg as the same thing as homicide.
Such an interpretation would not simply ban abortion, it could turn many forms of birth control into the legal equivalent of a murder weapon. Many forms of contraception, including many birth control pills, function in part by inhibiting a fertilized egg from implanting in a woman’s uterus. Thus, Ryan and Akin’s personhood bill could render the act of using many forms of oral contraception the equivalent of a homicide crime.
Somehow I think Akin and Ryan must have flunked college biology. Not only do they fail to understand the anatomy of a woman, but their ideas about what a woman should be able to do are insulting, disgusting, and ridiculous!