Rick Santorum: Birth Control Is 'Not OK'
Video surfaces of Santorum decrying moral hazards of protected sex
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 15, 2012 11:51 AM CST
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(Newser) – Rick Santorum thinks contraceptive use is wrong and a danger to the country, he declares in a video clip that's racing across the blogosphere today. In an October interview with the evangelical blog Caffeinated Thoughts, Santorum volunteers that, as president, he'd confront the "dangers of contraception" and religious groups who think it's OK. "It's not OK, because it's a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be," he says. "They're supposed to be within marriage, for purposes that are, yes, conjugal... but also procreative. " Some reactions:

  • Matt Lewis of the Daily Caller likens it to an "October Surprise," adding that this "was not a mistake or gaffe," but Santorum insisting on preaching. "When it comes to discussing such issues, Santorum should have practiced abstinence. He did not."
  • Michael Scherer of Time notes that 99% of women aged 15 to 44 have used contraceptives, and only 8% of voters view it as morally wrong. "In politics, it is generally not a good thing to characterize something nearly every adult in the country has happily used as" wrong.
  • Connor Friesdorf of the Atlantic finds it "baffling," adding that "Any politician who regards the adult use of contraceptives as a matter under his purview cannot lay claim to the limited government label."

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Middletown
Mar 10, 2012 9:32 AM CST
Im not a Santorum guy, but to his defense; Only under this admin can an individual express an opinion and become crucified for it. Nowhere in his commentary nor during any debate has he expressed banning any for of B/C for anyone else. No where did he even imply that he wants to remove or even address womens reproductive rights with this election. Barry has stated specifically his support for Margaret Sanger, his affiliations with her, planned parenthood, code pink are all documented and easily found to support tax payer subsidized abortions, sex changes, you name it. Barry has also stated clearly and specifically he wanted high gas prices, yet you give him a pass, he has stated clearly and specifically that he wants to change the foundations of our society, yet again give him a pass. Yet read these comments. Lemmings. All off the cliff over a fabricated non issue.
LisaShields
Feb 29, 2012 7:45 AM CST
Never has any candidate in history so focused himself on issues that are NOT his to determine or legislate for others. His unnatural obsession with sex,birth control, and matters of personal privacy and rights reveal either a truly sick individual, or one who hopes that pushing every hot button in existence, he can hide the fact that he HAS NOTHING to offer the electorate, or our country.
offtohawaii
Feb 16, 2012 4:08 PM CST
This guy is a f*cking idiot. I gave this story a "hilarious" vote because I think it's so hilarious that somebody can be this ass-backwards. The government needs to stay out of our bedrooms and out of our sexual lives. And to think I used to be a conservative. Pathetic...