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Roe v Kavanaugh

Robin Alexander

Posted on September 7, 2018 17:47

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What if we founded a religion that encouraged discriminating, safe, consensual sex starting with one’s 18th birthday in the interests of promoting self-expression, peace and harmony, AND forbade conception until a woman reached 32, in the interests of lowering the population growth rate? Any attack on access to birth control would be an infringement of the First Amendment.

This week, Brett Kavanaugh has been appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee as part of the nomination process for Supreme Court Justice. Aside from issues regarding gun control and specific presidential powers, abortion and now contraception are on everyone’s mind.

The bad news: Kavanaugh has ruled against abortion AND birth control rights in the past. The good news: he’s not from Texas (see my previous article). 

I expect abortion to appear on the slaughtering block sometime in the not too far future, but access to birth control is also in jeopardy.  We must understand that the religious right are not only pro-life, they appear to be anti-sex UNLESS it is for procreation and within marriage. Humpf.

An Abbreviated History of Birth Control

In 1916, Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the United States. She was arrested numerous times as a public nuisance, but she hung in there and was instrumental in funding the research for the first human birth control pill, while in her 80s.

In 1960 the first oral contraceptive was approved by the FDA as a form of contraception.

In 1965 the Supreme Court (Griswold v Connecticut) gave married couples the right to use birth control, but it wasn’t until 1972 that SCOTUS legalized birth control for all citizens, irrespective of marital status.

Millennials, remember that these were hard-won rights. It's easy to take them for granted, but don't.

As NARAL tweeted:

 

And, did you catch this exchange between Senator Kamala Harris and the nominee? Here’s an excerpt from the proceedings that made me smile, both because the question posed by Harris (albeit awkwardly phrased) contained the essence of the hypocrisy at hand in its core, and because it clearly made Kavanaugh squirm. I don’t know if it was shyness or guilt that made him speechless, but either way.

Do you know of any laws that the government has power to make over the male body?

After she finished, the entire room was silent for three seconds, before Kavanaugh replied: “Um … I’m happy to answer a more specific question, but …”

“Male versus female,” Harris responded curtly. Kavanaugh fumbled a few more moments before Harris repeated the question.

“I’m not aware of any right now, Senator,” Kavanaugh finally responded.

What if we founded a religion that encouraged discriminating, safe, consensual sex starting with one’s 18th birthday in the interests of promoting self-expression, peace and harmony, AND forbade conception until a woman reached 32, in the interests of lowering the population growth rate? Any attack on access to birth control would be an infringement of the First Amendment.

As we continue to navigate through life with Trump, it’s normal to have trepidations, a few sleepless nights and the occasional rant. However, as The Cut reports: “There are concerns in the pro-life community that … Kavanaugh’s not as solidly pro-life as we would like him to be.

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

Robin Alexander

Posted on September 7, 2018 17:47

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