Is there a disconnect here? Since effective contraception lessens the number of unwanted pregnancies, and thus the number of abortions? Well, yes. But the people playing the Personhood Game simply have their eye on the prize: Fertilized egg wins, woman loses.
The used-car sales lobby must be licking its chops. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Susan B. Anthony List (an antiabortion group) may sue over an Ohio law that prevented it from making false statements about a political candidate.
Last week, in Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus, the Court unanimously -- with all judges signing onto an opinion written by Justice Clarence Thomas -- may have taken Sullivan up a notch, albeit on a procedural issue. And this time it is the conservatives who demand their right to free speech.
Popular political speech needs no protection from the First Amendment -- it never has. It is unpopular political speech -- even downright lies -- which need defending by the courts. As ignoble and as impure as that may sound.
It's said that there are two types of power: people and money. However, those two are not weighted equally. So despite being a coveted "voting bloc," as long as women earn less than men, we lack the political power to even control the conversation about our own "issues."
The U.S. or the individual states should decriminalize performing and receiving abortions and criminalize the male sex act that leads to an abortion. Let's redefine pro-life as looking to end the need for abortion, not endorsing making abortion illegal.