Will Republicans also target the condom?

(New York) Blake Masters, a devout Catholic and Republican candidate for the Arizona Senate election, swears on the heads of his three children that he is not against birth control, much less against the use of condoms.

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After the publication of an article attributing this position to him, this protégé of tech billionaire Peter Thiel nevertheless admits to supporting the annulment of Griswold v. Connecticut. In 1965, this famous Supreme Court ruling legalized the use of contraceptives, including the condom.


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Blake Masters, Republican nominee for the Arizona Senate election

In the Griswold case, the judges basically “invented a constitutional right” to achieve a political outcome. I am against judges making the law. It is the legislator’s job to make laws, not courts.

Blake Masters, in a tweet, last weekend

The constitutional right that the Republican candidate was referring to is the right to protect privacy. It’s the same law that contributed to Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion in 1973. And it’s the same concept that Judge Samuel Alito denigrated in drafting a ruling that would strip women of their constitutional right to abortion.

Whether or not he’s a proponent of birth control, Blake Masters is far from the only conservative to support the retraction of Griswold v. Connecticut. Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee recently called the ruling “unconstitutional,” a view shared by several of her colleagues.

Abortion Redefined?

But condom users don’t have to worry, right? Republicans won’t attack that good old contraceptive method, will they?

“It’s too much to say,” replies Mary Ziegler, a law professor at Florida State University and a specialist in the history of reproductive rights. “If that were to happen, it would most likely be through redefinitions of abortion. †

The religious right is already working on this. Anticipating Roe v. Wade’s turnaround, the organization Heartbeat International recently devoted part of its annual conference to a discussion of “extending the definition of abortion itself to include contraception,” according to a report from the journal. mother jones

“Some have accepted barrier contraceptive methods such as condoms […]† But others seemed to oppose this idea — they viewed anything that prevented the sperm and egg meeting as unchristian,” the magazine wrote.

Wendy Parmet, a law professor at Northeastern University, said she was unable to immediately dismiss a scenario in which the use of a contraceptive such as a condom would be banned in certain conservative states.

“Will there be states that go so far as to say, ‘We’re going to ban condoms and go back to the 1950s’?” You know, nothing surprises me anymore,” said the professor, who is also the director of the Center for Health Policy and Law at Northeastern University.

I think it’s more likely we’ll see attempts to quit [la pilule du lendemain]the IUD and possibly other oral contraceptives.

Wendy Parmet, director of the Center for Health Policy and Law at Northeastern University

At least three states — Louisiana, Missouri and Idaho — are now considering bills that could lead to new restrictions on birth control.

A person “of conception”

The Louisiana text, which reached preliminary stages last week, would be the toughest in the United States following an eventual reversal of Roe v. Waden. In particular, it would allow the charge of manslaughter against a woman who has had an abortion — not just the doctor performing the abortion or those facilitating the act.

Experts say the bill could also limit in vitro fertilization and emergency contraception, as it would grant constitutional rights to a person “from the moment of conception.”

So while states may not declare war on birth control next year, conservative lawmakers may include contraceptives in their abortion bans.

Mary Ziegler, professor of law at Florida State University

Mississippi Republican Governor Tate Reeves declined to reveal his intentions on the subject during interviews given Sunday to national television.


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Tate Reeves, Republican Governor of Mississippi

“You believe that life begins at the moment of conception. If there is a bill to ban contraception, will you sign it? “asked the show host Meet the pressChuck Todd.

“I don’t think that’s going to happen in Mississippi,” replied the state governor whose law banning abortion after 15 weeks may have paved the way for Roe v. Waden’s overthrow.

His word is probably worth as much as Blake Masters, the Republican nominee for the Arizona senate.

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