Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Outlaw Contraception?

I'm not a huge fan of any of the Republican Presidential candidates, and I pretty much laugh at the idea that the party will "take back America" in November.  When I think of the people that these out-of-touch individuals represent, a few things come to mind: the constituents are either: 1) Rich, 2) old, 3) extremely religious, or 4) extremely ignorant.  Oh, and I suppose one last thing.  I tend to think of most republicans to be male.  Why? 

Well, the answer to that is a long one.  Suffice it to say that the republican party rarely puts forth legislation that helps women.  The big issue is one everyone is familiar with - abortion.  I personally don't believe that men should pass legislation on things that do not affect them.  I tried to think of a good metaphor for this, starting with, "That would be like female legislators trying to pass a law that...", but no dice.  The truth is, whatever the flip-side of that is, it would probably cause permanent physical damage that would result in no less than two bodily functions from...functioning. 

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I do not understand why any woman would vote republican.  Men?  Sure.  We're dumb enough to do shit like that.  But not you ladies.  

Case in point: Rick Santorum (pictured above) is running for president, and he has some rather strange views on contraception.  While I doubt this man will ever be president of anything (except maybe a Saltines Fan Club), I really couldn't resist bringing his personal beliefs to you, my readers, and crushing them before your very eyes.

Back in October, Santorum said, “One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country.  It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”

I have a hard time thinking of any so-called dangers of contraception.  I can think of benefits, though, like protecting people from terrible sexually transmitted diseases, lowering the abortion rate, and allowing people to express themselves sexually.  (Interesting side note here: In most dystopian fiction or real life dictatorships, the government - or "Big Brother" - sexually represses their people.)  I would like to go on record here as saying the following to any republican that believes this nonsense: mind your own business and stay out of our fucking bedrooms.

The other day, Santorum was interviewed by ABC News and reiterated his October position.  “The state has a right to [outlaw contraception], I have never questioned that the state has a right to do that. It is not a constitutional right, the state has the right to pass whatever statues they have.”

This is all basically just another way for Santorum to say that sex should only be for reproductive purposes.  The stance itself is also a bit hypocritical for one so opposed to abortion, seeing how contraceptives prevent unwanted pregnancies.  ThinkProgress.org reports that, "The Guttmacher Institute estimates that contraceptive services provided at publicly funded clinics helped prevent almost two million unintended pregnancies. Without funding from Medicaid and Title X, 'abortions occurring in the United States would be nearly two-thirds higher among women overall and among teens; the number of unintended pregnancies among poor women would nearly double'.”

State governments may have the power to do this, but they would have to be stupid to.  To outlaw contraceptives would mean the loss of almost every female voter, and quite a few male voters who don't like the idea of having sex with a stranger sans condom.  And let's not forget about the American politician's need to bang hookers.  No politician, democrat or republican, would stick his unprotected "Uncle Sam" into a prostitute - particularly one that specializes in servicing other politicians.  

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