Birth Control Solution to Abortion Debate?
NARAL’s Nancy Keegan offers up A MESSAGE TO THE RIGHT-TO-LIFE MOVEMENT FROM NARAL PRO-CHOICE AMERICA: PLEASE, HELP US PREVENT ABORTIONS [PDF]. Saying that we’ll never agree on the abortion debate itself, she says we should start by embracing a common ground:
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid Ã¢€“ who disagrees with us on the issue of abortion Ã¢€“ has offered a commonsense bill called the Prevention First Act which would help reduce unintended pregnancies through better access to birth control. This landmark legislation represents a serious first step in addressing the problem, and I hope youÃ¢€™ll join pro-choice Americans and me in offering your support.
Political Animal guest Amy Sullivan is quite excited about this, thinking it will put the Right on the defensive.
While I agree that many religious conservatives oppose access to contraceptives, a position that puts them in a distinct minority, I’m confused by NARAL’s proposal. What exactly is “better access to birth control”? That is, who is it that can’t get condoms, the Pill, or other forms of contraception now?
They’ve been giving out free condoms in schools for twenty-odd years now. Further, all but the very poorest among us can afford condoms. They’re roughly 50 cents apiece. Hell, Trojan will send you one for free. Medicaid recipients in the state of Alabama, as religiously conservative as any state in the nation, get family planning from A-Z absolutely free.
Goodness, if NARAL is really concerned about people falling through the condom gap, couldn’t they distribute them themselves? They raise millions of dollars a year, after all.