Now Rick Santorum says women have the "right" to contraception (Steve Marcus/Reuters)
Here's another sign of just how badly Republicans have stumbled on birth control: last night on Fox
, Rick Santorum was forced to reassure voters that he does in fact believe women have a right to use contraception:
I mean, the bottom line is my position is very clear. I've had a -- a consistent record on this of supporting women's right to have contraception.
Of course, last month, Santorum spoke out against
the decision in Griswold v. Connecticut ... which created the right he says he supports. And last October he pledged
to be the first president to speak out against "the dangers of contraception," but now that the GOP has botched their handling of the contraception mandate and his super PAC sugar daddy put a spotlight
on his own radical views, Santorum feels compelled to not only assert his support for the right to use contraception, but to brag about having supported funding for it in the past:
I've supported funding for it.
And not just any sort of funding ... funding for contraception at Planned Parenthood!
I have been criticized by -- by -- I think it was Governor Romney or maybe it was Congressman Paul's campaign for voting for contraception, that I voted for funding for it, which is -- I think it's -- I think it's Title 10, which is -- which I have voted for in the past, that provides for free contraception through organizations, even like Planned Parenthood.
But don't worry, conservatives. Rick Santorum might support free contraception at Planned Parenthood, but he still believes it is evil!
The whole concept of sexual liberation, sexual freedom has had its down sides, and certainly birth control is part of that with a dramatic increase in sexually transmitted diseases, dramatic increase in out of wedlock births, a dramatic increase in the number of abortions.
So ... Rick Santorum thinks birth control not only causes more childbirth and
more abortions, but it also spreads disease? Well, I guess everybody's got a right to believe what they believe. And at least now we know why he supported funding for it at Planned Parenthood.