newsweek:

What is going on with the contraceptive debate in the GOP!?

Until quite recently, conservatives knew better than to take on reproductive rights so directly. During Bill Clinton’s presidency, remember, the right focused its attack on so-called partial-birth abortion, a late-term procedure that even many pro-choice advocates find disturbing, if sometimes tragically necessary. The strategy then was to erode abortion rights around the edges, without alarming women in the center. Now several Republican presidential candidates proclaim a desire to ban abortion even in cases of rape and incest, and we’re having a nationwide argument about whether women deserve contraceptive coverage in their insurance plans.
This argument shows no signs of abating. At a hearing on Thursday, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) assembled an all-male panel to discuss the birth-control mandate, leaving many women apoplectic. (Then he sent a tweet comparing his witnesses to Martin Luther King Jr., apparently unaware that the civil-rights hero was once a member of a Planned Parenthood committee, or that he described a “striking kinship between our movement and Margaret Sanger’s early efforts.”)
The same day, in a now-infamous MSNBC appearance, Foster Friess, the wealthy patron of the pro-Rick Santorum super PAC, dismissed the idea that birth-control coverage matters. “On this contraceptive thing, my gosh it’s such [sic] inexpensive,” he said. “You know, back in my days, they used Bayer aspirin for contraception. The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn’t that costly.” His message was clear: ladies, keep your legs closed!

This is probably going to come back to hurt them in November, we think.
[Photo: Brendan Hoffman / Getty Images]
people are ridiculous.

newsweek:

What is going on with the contraceptive debate in the GOP!?

Until quite recently, conservatives knew better than to take on reproductive rights so directly. During Bill Clinton’s presidency, remember, the right focused its attack on so-called partial-birth abortion, a late-term procedure that even many pro-choice advocates find disturbing, if sometimes tragically necessary. The strategy then was to erode abortion rights around the edges, without alarming women in the center. Now several Republican presidential candidates proclaim a desire to ban abortion even in cases of rape and incest, and we’re having a nationwide argument about whether women deserve contraceptive coverage in their insurance plans.

This argument shows no signs of abating. At a hearing on Thursday, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) assembled an all-male panel to discuss the birth-control mandate, leaving many women apoplectic. (Then he sent a tweet comparing his witnesses to Martin Luther King Jr., apparently unaware that the civil-rights hero was once a member of a Planned Parenthood committee, or that he described a “striking kinship between our movement and Margaret Sanger’s early efforts.”)

The same day, in a now-infamous MSNBC appearance, Foster Friess, the wealthy patron of the pro-Rick Santorum super PAC, dismissed the idea that birth-control coverage matters. “On this contraceptive thing, my gosh it’s such [sic] inexpensive,” he said. “You know, back in my days, they used Bayer aspirin for contraception. The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn’t that costly.” His message was clear: ladies, keep your legs closed!

This is probably going to come back to hurt them in November, we think.

[Photo: Brendan Hoffman / Getty Images]

people are ridiculous.

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    I don’t like to comment much, politically, but this whole mess is ridiculous. How many mothers/sisters/daughters/wives...
  10. tattooposer reblogged this from newsweek and added:
    My boyfriend and I were talking about this yesterday. He said it’s like we’re going back a whole century, I think it’s...
  11. styro reblogged this from newsweek and added:
    Yeah, because women are going to show up in droves and put them all out of jobs. Sisters! Giant Robot Formation!
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    Stop letting our government dictate the sexual lives of women. Rick Santorum must have forgotten what kind of world we...
  21. astro--box reblogged this from fluffmyb0ner and added:
    Dudes, if you don’t like giving birth, then just don’t do it. And if others (maybe women?) don’t want to do it either,...
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  23. fluffmyb0ner reblogged this from revyyourengines and added:
    lol. Republicans. Is this what passes for an issue to you? Your priorities are truly in order. Fucking idiots.
  24. nommunism reblogged this from newsweek and added:
    American conservatives are actually unintelligent.
  25. revyyourengines reblogged this from lady-wonder and added:
    -rages- Why is it a woman’s responsibility to keep her legs closed? Why can’t men keep it in their pants? You know why?...
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    Responding to the bolded: what the fuck. Just… I don’t even know what to say. How can people this ignorant function in...
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