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  •  Having read the right-wing rhetoric... (27+ / 0-)

    ...on this issue, I have to say that you're not really right about that. You're not really wrong about it either.

    Many of them don't want the government to pay for it or mandate its coverage in private insurance plans, because they philosophically oppose government paying for anything or regulating private insurance plans in any way. Bleating about "religious liberty" is a means to an end for them.

    But there's also a significant portion of the Christian Right—not just Roman Catholics and "Quiverfull" fundamentalists, but regular everyday conservative evangelical Christians—who think that any birth control method that doesn't physically stop the sperm (i.e., a condom) is an "abortifacient" that keeps fertilized eggs (i.e., little human lives) from implanting. They oppose hormonal birth control, IUDs, diaphragms, etc. just as surely as they oppose abortion, as they see them all as murdering innocent conceived lives.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Fri Oct 07, 2011 at 03:52:36 PM PDT

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    •  Having worked the phones from the 2004 election on (7+ / 0-)

      I can tell you that many cadres of conservative women do support birth control and the right to choose well enough to make contributions to candidates that would otherwise not be on their list. They often speak about not being able to tell their husbands and they do it under wraps and go so far as to provide money order contributions, but they are legion. In this case, I didn't care if they were hypocrites, either.

      •  My mother... (4+ / 0-)
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        is in general a very conservative, Republican voter. However, she makes an exception when it comes to women's rights (apparently not when it comes to who she votes for, but in her donations, etc). She is a lifelong supporter of Planned Parenthood and used to volunteer with a local women's shelter. I think there are a lot of conservative women like her.

        Translating their quiet support into electoral gain, however, is a different matter. I'm not sure that it'll be that easy, as one would have thought they'd have been outraged enough to stop voting for Republicans a while ago just based on all the anti-abortion stuff. Most aren't single-issue voters, and aren't going to abandon all their other cultural identification with conservatism over just this issue. Maybe the attacks on contraception are going to be a bridge too far for conservative women, where attacks on abortion weren't? It touches nearly everyone's lives, after all.

    •  these same people see ectopic abortions as (8+ / 0-)

      potential murders and want every natural abortion investigated as a potential homicide

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