This may not apply to all people in the United States. Perhaps it's only among those people in power, whether it be the church or public office. These would be Catholic bishops, priests, or conservative policy makers. There has been a large outcry against Obama's healthcare mandate which has shot the actual use of contraception into the national spotlight. Rick Santorum also deserves credit for his emphasis on these social issues.
For the year, there has been movement by many pro-lifers to reverse the Supreme Court ruling Roe vs. Wade and striving to prevent Planned Parenthood from supplying abortion services. Virginia and Kansas are both battling over abortion, and recently the Susan G Komen Foundation debacle has caused reproductive issues to take the forefront.
Rick Santorum can be seen as the champion for the typical Christian ideology (though I understand many Christians do see him as radical). Santorum's entire campaign has been centered on his faith and living under God's law.
Santorum does not support abortion. He would allow states to ban birth control. He was also once heard saying Obama supports sexual education because he wants America to be poor. Santorum is representative of those religious zealots in power whom are all anti-choice, anti-contraception, and anti-sexual education. This doesn't make sense at all.
Anti-abortion and anti-prevention creates an unequal picture. You would believe that people who despise abortions would raise up prevention, but that's not quite the case. These people fight and argue to create the end that any unwanted pregnancies result in a child.
I sat through a sexual education program where a guest speaker spoke to us about abstinence. She used a piece of duct tape to represent a women's vagina. "Imagine the stickier the tape is, the better it feels." She gave a demonstration of continually putting the tape on various objects around the room. "The more you allow a man into your body; soon, it won't feel like anything." The tape couldn't stick anymore after a bout on the carpet. Afterwards, we were shown a video of various sexual diseases. I remember seeing a green penis.
Not once during the entire session was the subject of birth control pills chanced upon. Not once did I even hear the word condom. I was stuck listening to an analogy comparing a women's sexuality to a piece of tape.
What happens if abortion is no longer legal? What happens if planned parenthoods across the nation are shut down? What happens when students are continually subjected to abstinence-only education and people unable to receive contraception?
This isn't legislation for the life of the fetus. This isn't propaganda for the sake of the women's life. It's a pathetic attack by narrow field of religious zealots to impose their beliefs upon all women in the United States. Now people wish to use pregnancy and labor as punishment for sex. Policymakers use the politically-correct term "Suffer the consequences."
Those who do not support abortion and adamantly despise it should be at the front lines, battling for the use of birth control. The best way to stop abortions is to ensure no unwanted fetus is created. Those who do not support abortion should be crying out for true sexual education, not the useless dribble called abstinence-only. There would be no need to save the life of unborn babies if people are able to prevent a pregnancy.
I would question those who do not agree with my ideas. A paradox has been created with those who fight to stop both abortions and prevention. If you bring down abortion, prevention must be lifted up. If you bring down prevention, abortion must be lifted up... Or there's the off-chance these religious zealots can actually convince the people of the United States to not have sex...