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  • October 17, 2012 : 23:10
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THE WAR ON WOMEN—AND YOU

A woman’s constitutional right to an abortion rests on a tenuous Supreme Court majority in favor of upholding Roe v. Wade. One retirement among the pro-choice justices while Romney is president and the right to a legal abortion is gone. The Court’s staunchest advocate of personal freedom and reproductive rights, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is also its oldest member. As a 79-year-old cancer survivor, she may not be able to serve through two terms of a Romney presidency.

Priority number one on Romney’s Supreme Court agenda is to overturn Roe. He has said the decision was “one of the darkest moments in Supreme Court history.” He has speculated, “If we had justices like Roberts, Alito, Thomas and Scalia, and more justices like that,” Roe would be overturned, and he holds up those staunch conservatives as models for the kind of justice he would appoint. The 2012 Republican Party platform calls for a U.S. constitutional amendment to ban abortion even in cases of incest, rape and threat to the life of the mother. Romney himself has signed on to such extreme positions as outlawing abortion for rape victims and denying them emergency contraception. Ryan, a heartbeat from the Oval Office, believes that doctors who perform abortions to save a woman’s life should be prosecuted. Ryan’s message to a woman, say a rape victim, who has an abortion? “If it’s illegal, it’s illegal.”

Should Romney have the opportunity to appoint a Supreme Court justice, Roe will without question be overturned. With that, Americans could in the near future face laws that restrict and even outright ban birth control. Romney disavows any interest in outlawing contraception, yet his own actions could set in motion a domino effect that ends in that result.

Here some legal background is necessary. In Roe, the Court found that the right to an abortion fell within the right to privacy, first articulated in 1965 in Griswold v. Connecticut, the landmark case in which the Court invalidated state bans on birth control for married couples. When Griswold’s right to privacy and birth control was extended to single people (in 1972), the Supreme Court essentially said that your sexual freedom is a constitutional right, up there with your right to free speech, a free press and religious liberty. So naturally there is little that gets religious nuts more incensed than the right to privacy. They’re praying for Griswold to be struck down with Roe. Asked about Griswold, Romney—a Harvard-educated lawyer—said, “I don’t believe they decided that correctly.”

If Griswold goes, as it well might when a Romney Supreme Court overturns Roe, nothing stands in the way, constitutionally, of laws against birth control. The question then becomes, would lawmakers dare? At a national level, certainly not. But if you’re single and live in the Bible Belt, you might want to start laying in supplies.

In red states, it’s a near certainty that Republican politicians will impose onerous regulations on birth control. Expect insurers to drop contraception coverage to avoid the harassment of antisex bureaucrats combing through their balance sheets. Don’t expect men and women under the age of 18 to be able to buy condoms legally or get a prescription for hormonal birth control. Laws restricting access to contraception for unmarried adults could even be passed. Think that is out of the question? The 2010 Texas Republican Party platform called for raising the age of sexual consent to 18. The Utah state criminal code defines “fornication”—that is, sex between single people—as a Class B misdemeanor.

More proof that the attack on abortion is a war on birth control comes from the personhood movement—the new frontier of the anti-abortion religious right. Personhood initiatives define “life” as beginning at fertilization—the moment the sperm hits the egg. As the 2012 Minnesota Republican Party platform puts it, an individual’s inalienable right to life begins “when the DNA of Mankind is joined.” Personhood advocates falsely claim that hormonal contraception and the IUD work as forms of abortion. Combine these two notions—no abortion after “life” begins and birth control is abortion—and you end up with abortion bans that treat taking the pill as tantamount to murder.

The Romney-Ryan ticket and the GOP platform have endorsed the goals of the personhood movement. Romney said, a year ago on Mike Huckabee’s Fox News show, that he “absolutely” supports constitutional amendments defining life as beginning at conception. Often Romney parrots the far right’s talking point that “the pill kills” when he calls contraception and the morning-after pill “abortive pills.” Ryan has pushed an even more aggressive agenda by repeatedly partnering with Todd Akin, the representative from Missouri who made headlines on the eve of the Republican National Convention with his comments about “legitimate rape.” The duo co-sponsored a federal personhood bill, which said, “The life of each human being begins with fertilization, cloning or its functional equivalent…at which time every human being shall have all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood.” The 2012 GOP platform calls for a human life amendment, that is, a personhood amendment, to the U.S. Constitution.

Are Romney, Ryan and the GOP gunning for your birth control? You betcha.

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22 comments

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Moronic. There are zero plans to outlaw contraception, and it's ridiculous that people talk themselves into it. It's hysterical gibberish. The person writing this should be ashamed, either of their cynical political manipulation, or else because of their sheer ignorance.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Well thankfully Obama has won! I don't agree with all of his political views and policies, but as a woman living in the modern-day world, I simply could not bring myself to vote Republican at all this year. Great article Playboy! Love from a loyal reader, albeit one who really is here primarily for the articles ;)
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Great read and I love the honest, bare-bones spin. I was happy to post it on my social media page!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    An incredible piece - insightful, brave, and spot on. Everyone, regardless of their political party, needs to read it.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    The reason why we cant spell is because we went to a public school not some rich fancy school with butlers like tou democrats.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Hey Anonymous, I think you need to post your idiotic tirade a few more times before you and Romney are never heard from again.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    By the time this letter is bypassed for publication, hopefully Romney will have won the presidency, despite Nancy L. Cohen’s warnings and jeremiads to the contrary. But if Obama does hocus-pocus a second term, you’ll have four years to ask him about the following. A $529 million loan to Fisker Automotive, to produce a $100,000 electric car that many Americans can’t afford, said car built in Finland (car recalled for the second time); 123 Systems (got Energy Department money; went bankrupt); Abound Solar (got Energy Department money; went bankrupt), Solyndra (got Energy Department money; went bankrupt), Beacon Power (got Energy Department money; went bankrupt), Ener1 (got Energy Department money; went bankrupt), SpectraWatt (got Energy Department money; went bankrupt), cozying up to the lawbreakers of OWS, the much-vaunted stimulus package that was supposed to keep unemployment from rising above 8-percent—but didn’t, Obamacare and CLASS, the screwing of the Chrysler bondholders, “shovel-ready” jobs that weren’t as shovel-ready as he hoped they’d be (he said with a laugh), positioning the NLRB so that union workers could screw Boeing—and then stacking the NLRB all over again, failure to throw the book at the New Black Panther Party for Election Day misconduct, Operation Fast and Furious, the idiocy of attempting to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in federal court, nonsensical promises about Guantanamo, the infamous Apologizing for America tours, lies and deception concerning the attack on the consulate in Benghazi and the murder of four Americans …and on and on and on. Put your time to good use, Playboy.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    amazing article! all the comments bashing this have nothing of substance to say because they are full of bs themselves. If you think the article isn't true actually have evidence to back it up. No surprise they don't because you can't refute the truth. I'm forwarding this too many people!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    If this nightmare scenario happens I'm moving to Canada or some place in Europe
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Why can't Tea Party members spell correctly?
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Well written, this is a "favorite" nightmare of mine, that I am afraid might come true in my lifetime. "A Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood first put the fear into words for me - but this article nails it. MYOB GOP.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    "Menchin sex?" You didn't *mention* that you were a Tea Party supporter but your spelling gives it away.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    You people are idiots!!!!! You can't see the dumb ass stealing from someone and giving to another is going to destroy this country. The lazy will get lazier and the small business owner that is so called rich will go under or pack up and leave. Hope you're happy stupid
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    This is crap nothing in the constitution does it menchin sex or thing relating to it. Obama care you like that garbage it gives free birth control ya! Vut was it realy that expensive before? Republicans wont get rid of casual sex thats not legal but obama realy has not done anything to protect it. Romney has not gone on a war aginst a womans rights but if he had thats what the supreme court is for.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Good article. As always, playboy has great articles (and great photos too of course.)
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Wow! I haven't been paying much attention to politics lately. In the last week or two, however, I've been opening my eyes to a nightmarish reality that many freedoms that so many people have worked very hard for will be in serious danger if the GOP takes the white house. I find it unbelievably disheartening that things like making possession of birth control a Felony would have any support whatsoever. I would seriously consider leaving the country and making some place in Europe my home if predictions like the ones made in this article come to fruition...
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Romney has waged a war on women by refusing to condemn it when it started in earnest in late January 2011. No longer can you claim to be neutral. Refusing to condemn the GOP's war on women means YOU SUPPORT IT. Period. Full stop. And yes, Playboy - not a first stop source for most of the people pushing back against the GOP's war on women, has a more accurate portrayal of what will happen under GOP rule in this one three page article than most of the other media has had in this ENTIRE campaign. And Obamacare does NOT give women free birth control UNLESS they are making less than a certain amount. But, the GOP is NOT ONLY trying to undo a law that finally gives women good health care, they are also trying to make it a FELONY to even possess birth control. The Blunt Amendment makes possessing birth control a FELONY punishable by up to 10 years in prison with no chance of parole. Oh and Romney has promised to go after women's rights. How would he do this? You guessed it: implement a Christian form of sharia law in America by installing three radical judges who favor religious law over the Constitution.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    By the time this letter is bypassed for publication, hopefully Romney will have won the presidency, despite Nancy L. Cohen’s warnings and jeremiads to the contrary. But if Obama does hocus-pocus his way into a second term, you’ll have four years to ask him about the following. A $529 million loan to Fisker Automotive, to produce a $100,000 electric car that many Americans can’t afford, said car built in Finland (car recalled for the second time); 123 Systems (got Energy Department money; went bankrupt); Abound Solar (got Energy Department money; went bankrupt), Solyndra (got Energy Department money; went bankrupt), Beacon Power (got Energy Department money; went bankrupt), Ener1 (got Energy Department money; went bankrupt), SpectraWatt (got Energy Department money; went bankrupt), cozying up to the lawbreakers of OWS, the much-vaunted stimulus package that was supposed to keep unemployment from rising above 8-percent—but didn’t, Obamacare and CLASS, the screwing of the Chrysler bondholders, “shovel-ready” jobs that weren’t as shovel-ready as he hoped they’d be (he said with a laugh), positioning the NLRB so that union workers could screw Boeing—and then stacking the NLRB all over again, failure to throw the book at the New Black Panther Party for Election Day misconduct, Operation Fast and Furious, the idiocy of attempting to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in federal court, nonsensical promises about Guantanamo, the infamous Apologizing for America tours, lies and deception concerning the attack on the consulate in Benghazi and the murder of four Americans …and on and on and on. Put your time to good use, Playboy.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Utter propaganda Playboy! Did you know Adolph Coors, creator of Coors beer, was a Mormon? Coors has alcohol. I hope free porn on the net puts you out of business. GFY!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Privacy and autonomy are definitely embeded within the Bill of Rights. Those who ignore and discount the goals of the wingnuts are naive. You missed the point about the SCOTUS and Griswold. If you count on a corporate to prtect your individual civil liberties you are clueless.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Wow, fascinating article. Makes me very glad for the separation of church and state that's well-defined here in Canada, and the extremely liberal politics in comparison to the US. Fingers crossed for Obama, because Romney's religious mania is just plain scary.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    There is evidence that supports the person who is against it. The first off does not protect the rights to have sex read the constitution second listen to every thing romney has ever said not once has he declared war on womens rights. Theres also obamacare whitch if i am not mistaken i have to pay for. Why should i have to pay for some other person to get free birthcontrol its just not fare. That person who attacked the romney supporter for misspelling well you no what you obama supporting communist its time for you to keep the change and i will keep my guns women and my money!
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