Monday, January 09, 2012

This is why it's tough to take feminist pro-choice bloggers seriously

Jill Filipovic at Feministe provides a perfect example of why thoughtful people have trouble taking feminist pro-choice bloggers seriously. She links to a piece in the Washington Post which takes down the silly idea that Rick Santorum wants to outlaw birth control.

Jill claims she isn't scared Santorum himself would move to ban birth control but Jill is worried about "efforts on the state level to outlaw birth control."
Do I think that if Santorum is elected president he'll try to outlaw birth control? No. Of course not. That's not going to happen, and that's not what anyone is actually worried about. What we are worried about are the efforts on the state level to outlaw birth control, and the kinds of federal judges that President Santorum — a phrase that makes me feel slightly ill — would appoint, to the Supreme Court and other federal courts.

This is crazy. Which states are going to try to outlaw birth control?

Can Jill name any state which has 10, heck 5 legislators in favor of outlawing birth control? If not, then why would she be worried about it?

Jill continues,
We are, however, concerned that he will stack the courts with anti-choice judges, and will back state efforts to limit or outlaw birth control.

Why would Santorum back efforts to outlaw birth control? In the Washington Post article Jill links notes Santorum is opposed to state efforts to outlaw birth control,
To be clear, he does think that laws banning birth control would be dumb "for a number of reasons. Birth control should be legal in the United States. The states should not ban it, and I would oppose any effort to ban it.''
So Santorum opposes state efforts to outlaw birth control, thinks laws to ban birth control would be "dumb," thinks birth control should be legal but Jill still thinks in some way he's going to support non-existent state efforts to ban birth control. Somebody took a crazy pill recently.

Amanda Marcotte is also drunk on delusional fears.

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