There has never been a more appropriate time for me to recommend this book:
Every one of these "small victories" for the "pro-life" side is a step toward a scary future for our society. We can't expect too much from a country that makes such a clear statement about the value of women's health and lives. We're headed into a future in which there are no guaranteed rights to medical privacy, and even birth control is in danger of being completely taken away. (If that seems like a stretch, I assure you, it's not. Not only do ardent pro-lifers irrationally believe that most types of contraceptives are abortifacients, but Roe v. Wade was decided using the same "right to medical privacy" principle that was used to legalize birth control in the first place.) I joked in a comment over at Thinking Girl's blog that the right-wingers behind America's organized "pro-life" movement won't stop until zygotes are given social security numbers and we start celebrating fertilizationdays instead of birthdays, but I don't really feel much like laughing right now.
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