Nobody could have predicted this (italics mine):
As the White House readies its plan for finding “common ground” on reproductive health issues and reducing the need for abortion, a major debate has emerged over how to package the plan’s two major components: preventing unwanted pregnancies and reducing the need for abortion.
Many abortion rights advocates and some Democrats who want to dial down the culture wars want the White House to package the two parts of the plan together, as a single piece of legislation. The plan would seek to reduce unwanted pregnancies by funding comprehensive sex education and contraception and to reduce the need for abortion by bolstering federal support for pregnant women. Supporters of the approach say it would force senators and members of Congress on both sides of the abortion battle to compromise their traditional positions, creating true common ground that mirrors what President Obama has called for.
But more conservative religious groups working with the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships say they would be forced to oppose such a plan–even though they support the abortion reduction part–because they oppose federal dollars for contraception and comprehensive sex education. This camp, which includes such formidable organizations as the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops and the Southern Baptist Convention, is pressuring the White House to decouple the two parts of the plan into separate bills. One bill would focus entirely on preventing unwanted pregnancy, while the other would focus on supporting pregnant women.
I know there are many people who personally are opposed to abortion–that is, they want to government to stay out of it–but who also favor birth control. But those who advocate for criminalizing abortion are not those people. For them, it’s tied up in a whole set of beliefs about sex and sexuality. They want to stop abortions–they really don’t give a damn about reducing pregnancy. If they did, they wouldn’t oppose contraception.
Besides, I’m sure the sluts deserved it. This is nothing more than pregnancy as punishment.
The sooner Obama et alia understand this, the better off we’ll all be.
Update: Amanda nails it:
In reality, anti-choicers are experiencing this as a compromise, even if you remove the contraception and sex education parts. If you correctly assume that the anti-choice movement is motivated primarily by a misogynist need to punish women who have unapproved sex, then you can see how offering social support to mothers is already, from their point of view, a compromise of their basic beliefs…