Brewtown Politico

Carrying a little stick and speaking loudly in Milwaukee


The Republican controlled state legislature in Wisconsin is once again interfering in the private lives of adults.

The legislature is considering a bill to prohibit the University of Wisconsin-Madison from providing birth control to students. It's laughable that anyone still buys into the notion that these "conservatives" want a smaller government.

"Peggy Hamill, state director of Pro-Life Wisconsin, enthusiastically backs the ban, saying birth control promotes a "contraceptive mentality" hostile toward life. She acknowledged science can't always say how the pill works but said 'we advocate always erring on the side of life.'"

While not all opponents of abortion are against birth control, Hamill speaks for a large segment who oppose the very notion of contraception and sex that isn't meant to produce children.


At 3/22/2005 12:27:00 PM, Blogger Rich Eggleston said...

I remember when contraceptives were defined in Wisconsin law as "indecent articles," and were supposed to be sold only by registered pharmacists and then only to married people.

There was a move to repeal that law, and one of the staunchest opponents of repeal was Rep. Joanne Duren (D-Cazenovia), a big time abortion foe.

This was before anti-abortionists seized control of the Wisconsin Legislature, but they always put up a pitched battle for their proposals.

Rep. Duren, a spinster, got up on the Assembly floor to protest efforts to repeal the "indecent articles" law. Then, as now, legislators customarily referred to one another by district number rather than by name. Rep. Duren represented the 50th Assembly District.

Her lengthy discourse against repealing the law caused legendary Rep. Harvey Dueholm (D-Luck) to lose his patience.

"If the lady from the 50th doesn't want to play the game," Dueholm deadpanned, "she shouldn't want to make the rules."

Seems like advice that's as pertinent today as it was 30 years ago.


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