Morning Awful: Santorum Wants Your Birth Control

Shortly before coming in a very close second in Iowa, arch-culture warrior Rick Santorum put his ignorance of Constitutional law on display for all to see. My favorite bit is at the two minute mark, when Jake Tapper asks him about Griswold v Connecticut. Via ThinkProgress:

“The state has a right to do that. I’ve never questioned whether the state has a right to do that. It’s not a Constitutional right, the state has the right to pass whatever statutes they have, and that’s the thing I’ve said about the activism of the Supreme Court, they’re creating rights, and it should be left up to the people to decide.”

He won’t stop with abortion, folks. Griswold v Connecticut does “let the people decide” — every American has the right to wear condoms, take pills, use diaphragms, etc. because the Supreme Court struck down an 1879 Connecticut statute that prohibited contraception. Of course, in America a couple can also choose to have twenty kids. Santorum wants an America where none of us actually has a choice. He’s got the Duggars’ endorsement, and that should be a warning to us all.

Not a single one of America’s major pro-life organizations supports birth control access. Not one. When you hear abortion warriors say “there us no right to privacy,” they do not just mean it about abortion. Giving women control of their means of reproduction — an economic and personal human right — is something taken for granted in the modern world, but not Rick Santorum’s.

He wasn’t always like this. When he met his wife, she was cohabiting with an abortion doctor. They turned further and further into their commitment to the fruitful and multiplicitous lifestyle that is the very caricature of Catholic dogma. Yet, at one time they did elect an abortion, after which Rick Santorum became even more committed to the cause. He is a culture warrior; his culture is patriarchy and his form is hypocrisy.

For a bonus — because the noon post will be brief — here is a flowchart of marital coitus rules promulgated during the 11th Century Gregorian reform period. Clerical celibacy only became absolute in the 12th Century. The Catholic church has been planning big families for almost eight centuries. Click here to embiggen:

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