The current, senseless uproar has revealed a profound lack of understanding about contraception and how it actually works for real women. Most unsettling is that some of these men are opining about, and in some cases legislating for, changes that would harm women's health.
Santorum represents a strain in American politics that believes preventing unintended and unwanted pregnancies is both a moral wrong and a social ill: women who engage in sexual intercourse -- voluntarily or not -- should have children by chance, not by choice.
When Obama was elected president, reproductive rights advocates hoped that we had found a champion. But his failure to lead on the reproductive rights front has exemplified the high price of standing still.
The Republican attacks on our health care apparently have no limits. This was in evidence during last week's budget talks when they were willing to shut down the government over funding for preventive care at Planned Parenthood health centers.
Millions of people of faith ground their commitment to sexual and reproductive health care in their religious beliefs that affirm that it is precisely because life is sacred that it should never be created carelessly.