I'm not talking about abortion. Their stance on that bothers me, but I'm talking about plain old birth control. The Pill, IUDs, shots, etc.
If you vote for someone who thinks that birth control is BAD (perhaps because of his Catholic faith) or if you vote for someone who deep down believes that it's our job to bring as many babies into the world as possible (see: Mormonism; at least, that's what I was taught when I was a Mormon), you're voting for less sex. Here's why:
If women cannot get cheap reliable birth control, what do you think they will do? Some of them will probably play the odds, sure, but the smart ones? Will just not give you sex any longer. It will not be worth the risk of pregnancy. You think you're so much of a sex God that women will not be able to resist you? Think again. Pregnancy is a big deal. To many women, it will be easier to abstain than you think, because do you know what happens to a woman's body during pregnancy? It's not just about getting fatter for nine months. It's about:
Aches and pains in the back, abdomen, groin area, and thighs.
Backaches and aching near the pelvic bone due the pressure of the baby's head, increased weight, and loosening joints.
Pain that runs from the lower back, down the back of one leg, to the knee or foot.
Breasts that leak colostrum.
Dizziness and lightheadedness throughout the pregnancy.
Inability to get a good night's sleep.
Exhaustion even when you have had sleep.
Morning sickness (but not just in the morning; it can be any time)
Swelling, tingling, and numbness in fingers and hands
Linea nigra (a dark line on the skin that runs from the belly button down to the pubic hairline).
Patches of darker skin (melasma or chloasma) on the cheeks, forehead, nose, or upper lip.
More frequent need to urinate, as well as leaking of urine when sneezing, coughing, or laughing.
Varicose veins, which look like swollen veins raised above the surface of the skin. They can be twisted or bulging and are dark purple or blue in color. They are found most often on the backs of the calves or on the inside of the leg.
All of that, in addition to the emotional rollercoaster due to hormonal changes, strange cravings for food or aversions to foods you previously enjoyed, needing new clothes (and they're rarely that flattering), and the actual birthing of the baby. Wanna see what that looks like?
It's that, or have a C-section. Either way, it's no walk in the park.
Now, with all of that at stake, you can see that this is not just "a few months of inconvenience." This is life-changing. This is your body being permanently altered.
This is something I WANT to do. Something I'm volunteering for. I want children.
There are women who do not, and they have the right to not have them. There are women who want them, but not right now. They are in school, or they are working on their careers, or they just don't feel ready, or any number of other reasons.
If you want to get sex from those women, they're going to need access to reliable birth control.
I'm going to link here to a dated post, but one that is still completely relevant to the issues at hand today. It was written in 2005, which just shows that this has been going on for a LONG TIME and they STILL WANT TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN.
Cherie Priest wrote the post, and it's got the F-Word in it, so if that's offensive to you, you have been warned.