Recently my mother told me something shocking. When she decided that her family was complete and sought to have her tubes tied, she was told that her husband would have to sign a form giving his consent.
Did you know that 98 percent of American women use birth control during their lifetime? Yet for many women, it's simply too expensive. One in three women has struggled with the high cost of prescription birth control.
Imagine it is November this year, in Colorado. Amendment 62, the "personhood" Amendment, has just been voted into law. A woman is considering making love to her husband-- should she first consult an attorney?
The irony of Stupak's efforts to hold the legislation hostage is that his proposals are unlikely to effect a single pregnancy , while the health care bill he tried to derail, by enhancing contraceptive access, could prevent dramatically more.
50 years ago, when West Virginians handed Kennedy a victory, it was only after the Democrat promised again and again not to restrict their access to birth control. That's right: the conservatives demanded their right to choose.
What's the verdict on the pill fifty years later? The verdict is that the pill works just fine. It's our struggle to come to terms with our sexuality in today's world. That's where the jury is still out.