Federal health proposal undercuts state birth control laws

Cristina Page | 7/29/2008, 10:34 a.m.

At the request of the anti-contraception movement, he has:

- Obstructed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s process of approving proposals for wider access to contraception;

- Appointed self-described anti-contraception leaders to oversee the nation’s federal contraception program for the poor;

- Eliminated funding for international family planning programs;

- Appointed anti-condom activists to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS;

- Promoted programs that withhold information about birth control from sexually active teens; and

- Sunk unprecedented sums of public funding into these no-sex-until-marriage programs, even after witnessing, as governor of Texas, that the result there was the highest teen birth rate of any state in the union.

The proposed regulation is just one of many campaigns against contraception, all led entirely by the anti-abortion establishment. Few Americans know that not one anti-abortion organization in the United States supports contraception. Even fewer understand that every effort to ensure Americans’ access to pregnancy prevention is met with fierce, well-financed and increasingly successful opposition by anti-abortion groups.

The Bush administration has been able to implement these deeply unpopular attacks against birth control and family planning because the American public doesn’t really believe that an anti-contraception movement even exists. Under the cover of public denial, behind the banner of “Who could be against contraception?” ideological extremists have accomplished much of their agenda.

Approval of the HHS proposal would be the most encompassing and far-reaching attack on the right to contraception they could hope for. What the anti-birth control extremists need now is for the public to continue to believe it can’t happen.

Cristina Page is the author of “How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America: Freedom, Politics and the War on Sex,” and a spokesperson for www.birthcontrolwatch.org.