I’ve been trying to understand why there’s so much angst among the Republican presidential candidates about birth control. Not abortion. That’s a category of its own. I’m talking basic contraception: pill, IUD, diaphragm. What the heck is up with THAT?
In January’s debate, both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum told ABC News Anchor George Stephanopoulos that Griswold v. Connecticut, the case that made the sale of birth control legal in all 50 states was wrongly decided. That was before all the controversy with Catholic Bishops and health care coverage mandates.
This cleverly designed ad quite effectively explains that 98% of Catholic women currently use a form of birth control that their Church disapproves of. Sponsored by Catholics for Choice, the ad ran in newspapers across the U.S. during the weekend of February 10, 2012.
Neither of these controversies had begun to simmer down when we were hit with the scandal that didn’t have to be: the decision by Susan G. Komen for the Cure to defund Planned Parenthood. Believing the decision to be politically based with more to do with anti-abortion activism than preventing cancer in low-income women, a torrent of anti-Komen backlash forced a reversal. But the damage has been done. How bad is it? Wait for the next Race for the Cure.
None of this has done anything to dissuade me from believing that a human uterus is the most powerful thing on Earth.