Doctor Science (mecurtin) wrote in abortabortion,
Doctor Science

Just the people I've been looking for!

I'm trying to draft a letter to the editor, and I'm wondering: do you-all know of any groups, organizations, or religious denominations that call themselves "pro-life" and are also pro-contraception? I know there are a lot of individuals like that -- such as you guys -- but I can't find any organized group.

And yet, you know, if you say abortion is infanticide and compare it to the Holocaust, you'd think contraception would be the lesser of two evils. *Way* lesser.
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Yes! Well, sort of. I think they're now defunct, but there was a group called the Common Ground Network for Life and Choice. I've emailed the contact person listed and never heard back, but I haven't let go of the hope that someday they or someone like them will gain momentum and make a difference.
There should be a group like that. The lack of one leads me to believe most pro-lifers are actually just anti-sex. They want to concentrate on the negative, punitive measures and nothing positive. I find it disheartening.
My thoughts exactly.

To/about the OP: what's FFL's stance on contraception?
They say:

"Feminists for Life's mission is to address the unmet needs of women who are pregnant or parenting. Preconception issues including abstinence and contraception are outside of our mission. Some FFL members and supporters support the use of non-abortifacient contraception while others oppose contraception for a variety of reasons. FFL is concerned that certain forms of contraception have had adverse health effects on women."

Honestly? I don't think they're really feminists, or they would be pro-contraception because it empowers women.
"I don't think they're really feminists, or..."

That's a bit harsh. Feminism is the philosophy that women have been and continue to be treated as of lesser value than men, and that this is a bad thing.

Within that philosophy, there is room for many varied viewpoints. There is no need to attack and belittle each other for not being the 'right' (or 'left') kind of feminist.
Well, I actually strongly suspect this organization of being a "put-up" job. I hope I'm wrong.

It is possible to be a feminist and not have sex. It is possible to be a feminist and not use contraception. It is *not* IMHO possible to be a feminist and not believe in permitting other women to have sex and use contraception under circumstances of their choosing. Enabling women to control our own bodies and make our own reproductive choices is not sufficient for feminism, but it is necessary.
I think we're going to have to agree to disagree on this one.
I assume that those in FFL who oppose contraception do so on religious grounds, and besides, while contraception does permit women more reproductive/sexual freedom, I wouldn't go so far as to say that lack of access to it is directly detrimental to women. Legal domestic violence, a legally accepted wage gap, turning a blind eye to sexual harassment--those things directly hurt women. There are ways around lack of access to contraception. And opposing contraception does not equal opposing sex.

And I'd like to think the people in this community are open-minded enough that I won't get jumped and called a misogynist for not toeing this party line.
not paying families a living wage and forcing the choice of abortion or privation on them is a far bigger concern, or forcing young women or girls to chose career v. their child is another.
Unfortunately it's 'outside of their mission.' Some members are for it and some are against it for various reasons including health concerns (depending upon the type of contraception you're talking about). I personally feel they could do a lot better. Pregnancy prevention should be the biggest part of the prolife campaign, but it's not. What they want is to make mothering easier by having paid maternity leave and more family-friendly laws. It's a good mission on its own but they shouldn't exclude contraception.
Besides most of prolife, I can't think of any...I'd join, though!