First there was Stephen Colbert’s “Pap Smear at Walgreens.” Now there’s Gail Collins with “Behind the Abortion War,” which demonstrates how the fight over Planned Parenthood is really about the very idea of women using contraception. An excerpt:
What we have here is a wide-ranging attack on women’s right to control their reproductive lives that the women themselves would strongly object to if it was stated clearly. So the attempt to end federal financing for Planned Parenthood, which uses the money for contraceptive services but not abortion, is portrayed as an anti-abortion crusade. It makes sense, as long as you lay off the factual statements.
Thank you, Senator Jon Kyl, for inspiring such good commentary!