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Right to Contraception Act needs passage now, before it is too late



First, abortion, now contraception? When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe vs Wade two years ago, there were signs that legal birth control may also be in the sights of our conservative court. Justice Clearance Thomas in his opinion offered support for reconsidering the landmark 1965 ruling that established the right to contraception. Former President Trump has also suggested that contraceptive rights could go away under a possible second term.  There is a clear and present danger to American’s reproductive rights. That is why it is important the U.S. government approve the Right to Contraception Act. The U.S. Senate was poised to vote on that legislation yesterday after it passed the House. It is critical these rights be federally protected, before the next election. The fact is more than 90% of Americans want contraception to remain legal, and more than 90% of women, both Democrats and Republicans, have used birth control. We should all have the right to make our own decisions about whether to use contraception, when, how, or why. Family planning should be the role of American citizens, not the American government.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. nick

    June 6, 2024 at 6:29 am

    Contraception is legal. Another ploy by the Dems to stir the pot.
    There is no indication the Supreme Court would ban contraception even with Thomas on the court.
    The Democratic Party has nothing to offer especially with weak, lying, dictator Joe as president and Kamala the buffoon as vo

    • Walden

      June 8, 2024 at 8:14 pm

      The Dem bill was larded up with other provisions that no reasonable person would support, like making said contraceptives available to school children without parental knowledge or consent. There is no end to the evil.

      Do nothing Sen Baldwin voted for it of course.

  2. Kent

    June 6, 2024 at 7:40 am

    If this is how you “see it” then I would suggest a review of the reasoning behind the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade. Regardless of your view on abortion, the law was overturned because it had no constitutional basis with Justice Alito stating explicitly there is no right to abortion in the Constitution. This is a fact you can test yourself by reading the Constitution which I highly encourage. Justice Alito goes on to point out that the argument for the 14th amendment supporting the right to abortion has no historical basis as at the time of its drafting in 1868 most states had laws criminalizing abortion therefore it would not have been considered a fundamental right by the drafters and thus not even implicitly included. The argument for Stare Decisis constantly implies that this means precedent is infallible and immutable which has never been the case. Laws can be overturned, especially if they are bad law as the Court showed. The Court returned it to the states, simply applying the law as written and allowing states to make their individual decisions as federalism encourages.

    As for banning contraception, also you’re argument lacks very important foundations. The president and executive branch can’t make law, only issue temporary executive orders so they are legally incapable of banning contraception. That would fall to the legislative branch. As with abortion, I see no where in the constitution this “right” is enumerated and thus, if it did exist it all, it would be a state issue.

  3. Walden

    June 6, 2024 at 8:36 am

    WIZM: “First abortion, now contraception?”

    Apparently, Shaw does not realize the Supreme Court did not ban anything: it sent the issue back to the states to be determined at the state level.

    Democrat word of the week FEARMONGER: Someone who intentionally tries to make people afraid of something when not necessary or reasonable.

  4. Kevin

    June 6, 2024 at 10:41 am

    WIZM – state run media, clanging the bells of fear and knee jerk emotional reactions! This is a red herring argument and intended to agitate the masses. I don’t know though if it is intentional or accidental. There is no fear that birth control will be made illegal! I hadn’t even heard these arguments from anyone other than the doomsaying, agitators from the left.

    I confess, i don’t even listen to WIZM in the afternoon any longer! Too much left-wing terrorism coming from that mouthpiece for the left Rick Solem. Almost zero critical thinking on any of his shows. Waste of brain cells.

    • Miguel

      June 6, 2024 at 2:31 pm

      Solem either needs adenoids surgery or to blow his nose.

  5. R head

    June 6, 2024 at 11:42 am

    The right to birth control is good but government paying for it is not right! The government shouldn’t pay for killing babies ether!

  6. walden

    June 6, 2024 at 6:58 pm

    Meanwhile, Ukraine has been given the green light on using US missiles in sovereign Russia and US/Ukrainian dual citizens are being blocked from leaving Ukraine under forced conscription into the Ukrainian army; these are US citizens being rounded up. Our diaper-filled president and the press are silent.

    But you worry about having to pay for your own contraception.

  7. Kevin

    June 7, 2024 at 6:49 am

    I had to go and see what the source of the democrat fear mongering the mantra is banning contraception. My very high-level investigation revealed an interview where President Trump was asked, and maybe even demanded to provide his policy was on contraception. He replied something like this: My team is building a policy on contraception, and we will provide that in the future. He also added that you may be surprised. He also has added that he has no interest in banning contraception. This was extrapolated, to mean, by our whiz bang reporters, and our lap-dog opinion columnists to mean Trump is going to ban contraception. He also said these types of policies are a matter of states rights. It is not a called out federal right, as defined by the constitution.

    Is there a opinionist or reporter that can ‘ever’, and i mean ‘ever’, tell the truth! Come with receipts!

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