Thu Feb 21, 2013, 05:26 PM
niyad (51,898 posts)
they are coming for your birth control
(I urge everyone to read the comments section--several of them are excellent)
They Are Coming for Your Birth Control
Pro-Lifers Must ďAdvocate for Sexual RestraintĒ
by Robin Marty
(Note: Think that anti-choice politicians and activists arenít trying to outlaw contraception? Think again. Follow along in an ongoing series that proves beyond a doubt that they really are coming for your birth control.)
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Writing in the National Review Online, New posits that the clearest way to determine a personís opinions on whether abortion should remain legal is to examine whether or not that person believes premarital sex is immoral. Itís a fairly simple gamble to make, and one that doesnít need any studies or surveys to really back it up. Considering almost 60 percent of Americans think that premarital sex isnít a sin, and that 95 percent of Americans have had premarital sex (yes, even people who believe they were going to Hell for doing itÖ well, do it), the idea that the same minority of people would also believe abortion is immoral would make perfect sense.
What doesnít make sense (at least, not if anti-choice advocates really want to end legal abortion) is arguing that the best way to proceed is to convince people that premarital sex is wrong. I guess the assumption is that as a corollary, more people would then want abortion ended as well?
I always remind pro-lifers that a promiscuous society will never support significant restrictions on abortion. While pro-lifers are good at talking about fetal development and personal responsibility, we are less comfortable with subjects such as sexual activity and contraception. Indeed, it is doubtless more difficult to advocate for sexual restraint than for the unborn. However, this is a battle in which pro-lifers must continue to engage if we are to succeed in our goal of providing legal protection to all unborn children.
Iím just going to backtrack and insert this again. Over 95 out of 100 people report having premarital sex. Yes, 95 percent. And they have been for decades. The only difference between 95 percent of people in the fifties having sex and 95 percent of people today having sex before marriage?
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