The GOP has followed its extremist fringe off the deep end, leaving the rest of us back in the reality based world, and befuddled. Their strategists warned them not to do this, but it appears that to the GOP, unhinged fringe issues are like catnip.
Even if you can afford to pay for your own pills, is it fair that you are being asked to, when other preventive services and medications are covered under health care reform? The conservative talking point of the moment is that this fight is about religious liberty.
Would so many individuals -- 'Racers for the Cure' and celebrities alike -- rise up in protest? My guess is no, they would not -- and this is the power of the stigma around abortion. When access to health care is limited by money or geography, we cannot afford to limit it further with politics.
It is time to recognize the contradictions of a private health care system that exists only because of government subsidies. Avoiding unwanted pregnancies is too important to be left in the hands of a small number of men in robes.
It's not unusual to hear comments like, "Why are you working to protect reproductive rights when we have our own issues to deal with?" or, "Marriage equality has nothing to do with abortion rights. Our two movements are different." Think again.
We need a Rosie the Riveter for our generation. Imagine if six million more women voted this year than did four years ago. We would see a dramatic change in the representation of Congress and in the policies it implements.
It's time for the women and men who fought so hard to establish reproductive rights in the first place to shake off their complacence: their hard-fought gains are in jeopardy. It's also time for young adults, who have taken their reproductive rights for granted, to take a stand.