Dan Savage reacted to the same Colorado study I mentioned the other day, which reached the most obvious conclusion in history: Birth control reduces pregnancies and abortions (duh!). His language is perhaps a bit less restrained than mine, but I like this:
The lesson in Colorado for conservatives ought to be this: You can be against abortion or you can be against contraception but you can’t be against abortion and against contraception. Making contraception harder for women to get—looking at you, Hobby Lobbyists—means more unplanned pregnancies and more unplanned pregnancies mean more abortions.
So why are conservatives fighting so hard to make contraception harder for women to obtain? Because they don’t think people—young people, poor people, unmarried people, gay people—should be able to enjoy “consequence-free sex.” Because it’s sex that they hate—it’s sex for pleasure that they hate—and they hate that kind of sex more than they hate abortion, teen moms, and welfare spending combined. Knowing that some people are having sex for pleasure without having their futures disrupted by an unplanned pregnancy or having their health compromised by a sexually transmitted infection or having to run a traumatizing gauntlet of shrieking “sidewalk counselors” to get to an abortion clinic keeps them up at night.
Of course you can be against both contraception and abortion, but only if, as I continually point out, the goal is not to reduce or end abortions but to control women and their sexuality.
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