Texas Republican Admits War on Birth Control

Texas Republican Admits War on Birth Control September 25, 2011

I have long said that the ultimate aim of the anti-choice crowd is to eliminate birth control. Why else would they be so opposed to teaching about birth control in sex ed classes? Why else would they still complain, after more than 40 years, not just about Roe v. Wade but about Griswold v. Connecticut, which struck down state laws against the use of contraception, as well? Now a Texas Republican legislator has finally come out and admitted that:

The goal is to get government money out of the abortion process and if contraceptive services have to suffer a bit of collateral damage in the process, so be it. When The Texas Tribune asked state Rep. Wayne Christian (R-Nacogdoches), a supporter of the family planning cuts, if this was a war on birth control, he said “yes.”

“Well of course this is a war on birth control and abortions and everything, that’s what family planning is supposed to be about,” Christian said.

Family planning clinics are routinely referred to by many Texas Republican legislators as “abortion clinics” even though none of the 71 family planning clinics in the state that receive government funding provide abortions. Texas and federal law prohibits that, but most women’s health clinics will refer women or teens who want an abortion to a provider.

“They’re sitting here, referring women out to receive abortions,” Christian said in an interview with NPR. “Those are the clinics, including Planned Parenthood, we were targeting.”

I already knew that, but it’s nice to see it out in the open. Ultimately, what they want is to eliminate a woman’s ability to control her own reproduction. Because in their view it’s up to God — and their husbands — to decide when they give birth and when they don’t.

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