It’s amazing that this is even an issue – but of course it is. In the Bushverse, of course it is.
The U.S. Department of Justice has spent three years, and who wants to think how much of your money, designing a “141-page protocol” which tells hospitals how to treat rape victims. Early drafts included a bit about advising the victims about emergency contraception; the final draft does not.
Why? Well, because birth control is murder, of course.
And that rape victim? She does not have the right to murder that rapist’s baby.
Emergency contraception is controversial because, like stem cells and cloning, it has become tangled in the politics of abortion. The method usually works by keeping an egg from being released or being fertilized. However, it may sometimes prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus - equated with murder by some conservative groups and the Catholic Church (which opposes all forms of contraception).
"I think it's very smart not to put that in the guidelines," said Dr. George Isajiw of Lansdowne, a board member of Physicians for Life, a Philadelphia antiabortion group. By giving emergency contraception, he said, "you're giving a dangerous drug that's not doing any good, or else you're causing an abortion. As a moral principle, a woman has the right to defend herself against an aggressor. But she doesn't have the right to kill the baby."
Seriously, folks. I’m not making this up. This is the planet Bushco has us living on.
How do you like it so far?
(My emphasis added.)
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