There’s something rather scary going on in the Republican presidential primary. It’s as though the candidates are having a contest to see who can be the most extreme. One area where this competition is on in full force involves sex, abortion, and birth control.
Rick Santorum has decided that it’s not enough to be against abortion. He is now against birth control, and not just in his private life – if he were elected president, he would do what he could to use public policy to decrease the use of birth control. Oh yes.
This calls for a quote:
Note: Terminology gets complicated in the abortion debate. Growing up, my parents refused to call pro-choice individuals “pro-choice.” They called them “pro-abortion” (which of course is not technically correct at all). Since then, I’ve found that many pro-choice individuals refuse to call pro-life individuals “pro-life,” preferring instead to call them “anti-abortion” (which is technically correct but ignores activists’ publicly stated reason for their position). While I understand this, I’m a bit sick of the terminology debate, so for the time being I’m calling each side what they call themselves – i.e. “pro-choice” and “pro-life.” I might change my mind in the future, but this is what I’m following for the time being.