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03 August 2005 @ 02:21 am
A bill severely curtailing access to emergency contraception has passed the Wisconsin Assembly, and is expected to be taken up by the Senate next month. Among the cited reasons are that “dispensing birth control and emergency contraceptives leads to promiscuity.” (Note that the linked opinion piece says that Wisconsin has passed this into law. It has not.)

LeMahieu [author of the bill] says that medical claims that pregnancy starts at implantation are meaningless in his world view.

"My definition of human life begins when egg and sperm unite," he says. "They can define a pregnancy differently, but they can't deny that life begins when egg and sperm unite."
Maureen Lycaonmaureenlycaon on August 3rd, 2005 03:45 am (UTC)
Thank the gods I'm nearing menopause and won't have to worry about this much longer.
Dana: so very pissed offthirdsouthobbi on August 3rd, 2005 06:18 am (UTC)
I really hope Illinois doesn't end up with something like this that could potentially pass. I just got a prescription for the pill (like, Monday) and it's not even because of the contraception, it's because of the cramps I get.

I love how he says "I believe... My definition." Yeah, HIS. Not everyone's.
i_aldarion on August 3rd, 2005 10:02 am (UTC)
What's disturbing about that is that there's no science to back it up. Access to contraception, in no study that *I've* come across, has promoted promiscuity. WTF? People are going to have sex, like it or not... and keeping the amount of bebbies down is in everyone's best interest.
overnighter: Cereselle's Btichovernighter on August 3rd, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC)
Ah, apparently I missed the part where the Taliban had fled Afghanistan and taken up refuge in the American Midwest.

This guy should join my vaunted Senator Rick Santorum (I'm so proud to be from PA. At least I'm from Philadelphia, and he hates us as much as we hate him) and the nutters who want to prevent the HPV vaccine from being authorized in the WTF? Hall of Fame.