It’s a new year with new important erotic news on the horizon. GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry has gone on record saying he’s against birth control, even within a marriage. Frighting for people who like sex but don’t want to have 18 children and 6 different kinds of STI’s.

 

So, if Rick Perry is elected as President of the United States, will he be able to take away a woman’s right to use birth control? Let’s take a look and see if it’s possible.

How did birth control become legal in the first place? Well it was a long hard road. Until the 1930′s women had no choice over how many children they bore. In the 30′s though, nurses and doctors began secretly counseling women on how to take precautions and prevent unwanted pregnancies, often they were thrown in jail for their efforts.

First, in 1936:

  • The American Medical Association officially recognizes birth control as an integral part of medical practice and education.
  • North Carolina becomes the first state to recognize birth control as a public health measure and to provide contraceptive services to indigent mothers through its public health program.

Next in the 1960′s:

  •   On May 9, 1960, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves the sale of oral pills for contraception.
  • The pill is an instant hit and has enormous consequences in freeing women to control their lives. Finally women have an easy and reliable means to prevent unwanted pregnancies and plan their families.
  • Within five years, one out of every four married women in America under the age of 45 has used the pill.

In 1972 birth control became legal for unmarried women as well.

What does this have to do with whether or not Perry can take away a woman’s right to choose or even just to choose a pill?

Everything: The president doesn’t rule all of the United States like some sort of demigod. If he did, we’d have health care (thanks anyway for trying Obama).

A president cannot override the supreme court. Just like there are many steps to making things legal, there are just as many steps to making things illegal. Of course what he can do is nominate justices that are conservative and maybe would like to take away woman’s rights. Still, it’s a long shot. It’s also a long shot that Rick Perry is going to be elected president. After all, women make up for half of the vote in this country.

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Just remember that your vote really does matter.

Was Perry possibly misquoted to begin with? Or is this a youthful thought caught on tape from 15 years ago? After all, this is a pretty extreme view.

Nope, in fact it was just this past October that good old Ricky Bobby gave this quote.

 “One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country.” And also, “Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that’s okay, contraception is okay. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”

Frighting. Re-read that quote when you’re considering who to vote for at the ballot box.