The Republican War on Contraception

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I was forwarded the following from Glenn Smith, a great thinker and off-and-on contributor to our site. 

If you thought the legislative attacks on family planning and Planned Parenthood were all about abortion, think again. 

In a moment of unscripted political bravado, Republican State Representative Wayne Christian made clear to the Texas Tribune that the Right’s true agenda is not about what happens in health care clinics after all, but rather about what goes on in bedrooms between consenting adults.




When they declare “war on birth control” they are intruding into the private, personal decisions of every man, woman and family in Texas.


How extreme are they? Consider that they’ve already repealed the law that requires insurance companies to cover the pill just as they do Viagra, they’ve encouraged pharmacists to undermine doctors’ orders and deny emergency contraception, and now they are pushing an outright plan to defund family planning — even though none of the funds can be used for abortion.

It’s time to draw the line and get politics out of our bedrooms once and for all. 


About Author

Phillip Martin

Currently the Research and Policy Director for Progress Texas and the Texas Research Institute, Phillip Martin writes occasional long-form pieces for BOR that promote focused analysis and insight into Texas politics. Born and raised in Austin, Phillip started working in politics in 2003 and started writing on BOR in the summer of 2005. Phillip has worked for the Texas Democratic Trust, the Texas Legislative Study Group, and now the Progress Texas family. He is a lifelong Houston Astros fan, a loyal Longhorn, and loves swimming at Barton Springs Pool.


  1. Our Right to Know
    Before they all get out of town, I want to know how many of these conservative Republican representatives, so opposed to family planning, have ever been users of Viagra or Cialis for erectile dysfunction? We have every right to know.

  2. They Voted to Adjourn
    But now they're discussing it. Rep. Bonnen is running around advising Speaker Straus what to do. Who's in charge?  

  3. my mama always said
    stupid is as stupid does.

    there is too much focus on suburban and exurban districts.

    people running against nutbags like wayne christian get no love.

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