Trump May Have Back-Tracked But The GOP Has Supported Restricting Contraceptives For Years

Not looking for consistency here but recall that TFG also claims the president has absolute immunity and could legally order the murder of his political opponents. Apparently, there is a loophole even Alito hadn’t foreseen - that the president becomes personally liable for attempted murder if the FBI are searching a crime scene…

Of COuRsE!!!

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Then it should be easy to find lots of non-backbenchers to quote about how they want to ban birth control. So either the reporter is incompetent or the premise is wrong.

Face it, it’s a fringe position at best. They can’t even pass this shit in Idaho.

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Even if you take DT at face value right now about not having any policy on contraception, you can bet your ass he would sign whatever his repub controlled congress put in front of him.

ETA: Imagine the screeching we’d be hearing right now if Biden “mixed up” pre and post sexy time contraception.

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Republicans like sex. The freakier, the better. Just as long as nobody else gets to enjoy the same. It’s like everything else: control of “other” people (women, LGBTQ, POC).

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So was overturning Roe at one point in the party. Now that the forced birthers have achieved that, they are turning their sights on contraceptive. I prefer to not wait till the GOP is introducing contraceptive bans on the House floor or in state legislatures to recognize the danger.

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The majority of white women supported Republican candidates during the 2022 midterms even though it was against their best interests.

It’s called privilege and denial - they don’t believe these abortion bans will apply to them should they need an abortion. Unfortunately, more and more white women are learning that is not the case.

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Like Roe, it’s there until it’s not. See Louisiana.

It will start with mifepristone and other abortifacients. Then Plan B. Layer in revivification of Comstack. A narrowing of Griswold and/or Lawrence in support of a “reasonable” (according to Alito) state law.

Also on the agenda: banning porn; no-fault divorce; fetal personhood; restrictions on transgender healthcare and on and on. Things that were allegedly fringe become law all the time… and once a beachhead is established, the Christian nationalists and dominionists will push further and further.

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This betrays a shocking ignorance. Overturning Roe was universal party dogma for over 40 years before they finally got it.

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Had there been an Alito majority earlier on, it would not have taken 40 years.

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Correct. It just took them Reagan, Bush, and trump to collect enough justices to make it happen. But they were entirely open about the goal. The birth control nonsense is fringe, not doctrine.

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Only because they made a cynical play for democratic-voting Catholics. The majority of the party (including prominent leaders) was quite pro-choice:

When the Republican national convention convened in Kansas City in 1976, the party’s pro-choice majority did not expect a significant challenge to their views on abortion. Public opinion polls showed that Republican voters were, on average, more pro-choice than their Democratic counterparts, a view that the convention delegates shared; fewer than 40 percent of the delegates considered themselves pro-life.1 The chair of the Republican National Committee, Mary Louise Smith, supported abortion rights, as did First Lady Betty Ford, who declared Roe v. Wade a “great, great decision.” Likewise, Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, who had taken a leading role in the fight for abortion rights in New York in the late 1960s and early 1970s, was solidly pro-choice. Even some of the party’s conservatives, such as Senator Barry Goldwater, supported abortion rights. But in spite of the Republican Party’s pro-choice leadership, the GOP adopted a platform in 1976 that promised an antiabortion constitutional amendment. The party’s leadership viewed the measure as a temporary political ploy that would increase the GOP’s appeal among traditionally Democratic Catholics, but the platform statement instead became a rallying cry for social conservatives who used the plank to build a religiously based coalition in the GOP and drive out many of the pro-choice Republicans who had initially adopted the platform. By 2009, only 26 percent of Republicans were pro-choice.2

I’m not sure why you don’t think this exact same mechanic won’t play out again with contraceptives. I expect to see the GOP include anti-Griswold or anti-contraceptive planks in its next platform (either 2024, if they decide to finally update it this year, or 2028).

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Just go back to their opposition to including no copay contraceptives under the ACA and the numerous lawsuits against it. “Think of the poor nuns who have to fill out an opt out form”. There were several rationales behind the contraception co-pay mandate. It not only reduces unplanned births but also improves woman’s health, wellbeing and economic prospects by staggering births. But when you’re a forced birther the science and economic data don’t matter.

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I heard one GOPer state that having sex for “fun” was absolutely a crime against all that is right and good. Ready availability of contraception just encourages such sin. I wish I could recall who it was and the exact words. I remember my mouth falling open when I heard it.

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Congratulations on going back 50 years when I said it was universal GOP dogma for 40 years. Next you’re gonna tell me that, actually, it was the Democrat Party that supported slavery.

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There was never, ever in the last four decades and probably never, majority support for abortion rights in Louisiana. That shit got imposed on them from the outside, and they flung it off at all available opportunities ever since.

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exactly. a man with 5 kids is a desperate man who will put up with anything at work, for work

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Lawrence O’Donnell said he suspected the first Trump response (“we’re going to have a policy on that…”) was because Trump didn’t know what the word “contraception” meant, and so he punted with his idiotic policy talk. Then when his staff said it meant birth control, they got him to backtrack.
Let’s face it-- this is a guy who infamously didn’t wear condoms during his illicit encounters. Contraception might indeed be a foreign word to him.

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Oh - had to refresh my memory on this …

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To be clear, Trump subordinates all “beliefs” to what is currently the best thing for him at the moment. Beyond that, his preferences (not to be confused with beliefs) align with his prejudices.

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we shall see - it may be that it WAS fringe … but … now?
the right - in search of the next “travesty” upon which to fixate - may promote it to the top of the list …

The intensely strident ultra fundamentalists are consumed with the idea that their deity controls ALL - and they find anything that represents an exercise of “Free Will” / the idea that mere mortals can have control over their own fate as essentially heathen thinking … an attempt to play “God”
Anti-Vaccine … Anti Fluoride… Anti-Seatbelt … Anti-Contraception - essentially because they see them as things that might thwart what they imagine might be a random act of God

Of course - they can spin around on a dime and deviate from this - Let a terminally ill patient - or their family - choose to stop the delivery of artificial life support and let the natural course of events proceed? … ? … oh no … they will fight that & say - they and they alone know “God’s Will” …

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