Many years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that unmarried people were actually allowed to use birth control. Can you believe it! Yes, on March 22, 1972 the Court confirmed this outlandish notion in Baird v. Eisenstadt – a case that was seen as the precursor to Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion just a year later.
And now it’s fifty years later. Since that decision men have walked on the moon, the computer was invented, it was discovered that there are homosexuals in our community, we started drinking non-fat milk and the Red Sox finally won a World Series. And, amidst all of this progress, today the Republican candidates for President are talking about birth control again. Talk about going Back to the Future.
Now, to be fair I have yet to find any of the candidates declare outright that they would “ban birth control,” although that is what many Democrats and left-leaning pundits are suggesting. But where Rick Santorum, et al made a mistake is that they just started talking about birth control in the context of the Obama health care bill – and their opponents jumped all over it.
Santorum has acknowledged that he and his wife do not use birth control, hence his seven kids. Good little Catholic he. And ole Mitt Romney has said, well, I haven’t checked today to see what he said last night. I’ll get back to ya on that one. But the fact that they are even talking about this issue boggles my mind, especially in light of the fact that 95% of the Catholics in this country use birth control anyway – the Pope be damned.
But there is a method to their madness. They are talking about this issue and religion in general because, to get the Republican nomination, they need to go as far right as possible. I mean, to the right of Genghis Khan. You’ve heard the speeches: “I am a true conservative in this race, I’ve always been a true conservative, I wear conservative shoes and use conservative toothpaste.” And, early on, they learned that if they just mentioned birth control and religion and Obama’s secret plan to deport every Catholic, the right wingers at the rallies sucked it up big time. Hey, this is a good stuff, I gotta keep this up!
It’s gotten so crazy that a few days ago Ron Paul made headlines in certain media when he announced that, when he was a practicing Ob-Gyn, he actually – I hope you’re sitting down – PRESCRIBED birth control. OMG! A Republican running for President actually participated in this pernicious practice (one, by the way, that would reduce the number of abortions). Lynch him, cried the Tea Partyers!
Of course, the good news is that all of this talk about birth control – in any context – is welcome news to the Obama gang. They’re just sitting back and having a hell of a good laugh. And I’ll betcha anything that they got the commercials in the can right now warning women that the nominee is gonna take away their pills. The good news is that Republicans talking about that nasty little pill may win them the nomination, but it will lose them the election. Keep it up, boys.