Over at Ezra Klein’s place, the post What I Learned From Missouri lays out the truth about many people in the anti-abortion crowd. They may want to halt abortions as a side benefit, but they really see abortions as subservient to the real goal of dictating women’s sexuality.
It’s based on events in Missouri, where the legislature voted down funding for contraception at the behest of anti-abortion groups:
The House voted 96-59 to delete the funding
for contraception and infertility treatments after Rep. Susan Phillips
told lawmakers that anti-abortion groups such as Missouri Right to Life
were opposed to the spending…
‘If you hand out contraception to single women, we’re saying promiscuity is OK as a state, and I am not in support of that,’ Phillips, R-Kansas City, said in an interview.
The post goes on to say:
But I’ve come to see that the people who decide how major ‘right to life’ organizations operate have goals far less noble than the protection of innocent life. For all their lofty rhetoric, they’re trying to create a world where being a sexually active single woman is punished by forced childbirth, or by cancer. There may be more destructive people in American politics, but there are none I hate more.
This is all of a piece with the Texas GOP scumbags I blogged about in April. It’s not about the babies. It’s about controlling the women.