Women have the right to birth control, independent of society’s judgments about their sex lives.
The phony battle over certain kinds of birth control that are (often wrongly) called abortifacients is not about abortion. And much of the political fight about abortion isn’t really about abortion, either. It’s about whether women should be allowed to have sex.
Unfortunately, lawmakers and activists across the political spectrum have bought into the idea – some overtly, some tacitly – that good girls don’t have sex unless they are married and want to get pregnant, that there’s somehow something sleazy and immoral about a woman who has sex for its own sake. It’s a lie that’s supported in movie after movie – including ones allegedly directed at female viewers – that presents the false premise that men have sex because they enjoy it, and women have sex because they are in love. (Gentlemen: Nope. If a woman has sex with you, she may well be in love with you. Or she just wanted to have sex with you. Or she just wanted to have sex.).
It’s easier to try to force this double standard on females because most women cannot have sex without worrying about getting pregnant. That means they must have access to reliable birth control, and access to abortion, should they believe in it. But that’s something that still seems to make even purported liberals uneasy.