Patch's Poll: Are Women's Reproductive Rights Under Attack?

A new national poll says 1/3 of women think there is a broad effort to limit their access to reproductive services. Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

A Kaiser Family Foundation poll released today says "one-third of American women believe there is a broad effort under way to limit their access to reproductive services including contraception, family planning and abortion," Reuters is reporting.

"But a larger number of women -- 45 percent -- believe the effort against reproductive rights is limited to some groups but is not wide-scale, the data showed."

What do you think? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

Elizabeth June 11, 2012 at 09:45 PM
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John Martin June 11, 2012 at 10:49 PM
People were not burned at the stake over heliocentrism. I think someone is indulging in a wee bit of hyperbole. Actually, most - if not all - recorded instances of inquisitorial torture and murder lay at the feet of secular authorities. Many monarchs usurped the Office of the Inquisition to settle personal grudges and lay the groundwork for that short but violent era of absolute monarchies that sprouted up throughout Europe for a time. It's just a lot more fun to blame the Catholic Church.
Thomas Cornick June 11, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Eppur si muove.
John Martin June 12, 2012 at 08:59 PM
I've explained before - perhaps in this very thread - the problems Galileo faced. And his trial was quite civil, he was not tortured, he was not cast in a dungeon, he was provided materials for further research and full and unfettered access to students, colleagues, and family members. For some reason, decades of poorly educated - and successfully indoctrinated - teachers have spread such idiocy for decades. No one believed the world was flat. Galileo was in trouble for publishing findings without sufficient evidence clearly proving his thesis. By the way, most contemporaries of Galileo make no mention of him uttering this quote. The first instance this phrase is cited comes in 1757 in a work called Italian Library. I don't know if I trust Baretti's thesis, especially seeing how he was catering to a rabidly Anti-Catholic English audience.
John Martin June 12, 2012 at 10:32 PM
We also have the 'Establishment Clause' - not a 'separation' clause, Colleen. Jefferson coined this term in an attempt to win potential supporters in a state hostile to his political faction in an 1802 letter. In 1879, justices of the Supreme used this passage from Jefferson's letter, according it status it never possessed. Most people are unaware that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were largely the work of James Madison, and not Jefferson. In fact, Jefferson wasn't even a delegate. In 1947, Justice Hugo Black wrote "In the words of Thomas Jefferson, the clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect a wall of separation between church and state." For some reason, Black's opinion has been trotted out as some sort of bedrock Constitutional statement. And it is not. All the establishment clause states is that the government may not create, endorse, or establish any denomination as an official church or arm of the state. That's it - a clear, unambigious statement that was written to prevent something like the state-run Anglican Church, the official religion of the United State's former master, Great Britain. The First Amendment DOES specifically articulate the freedom of people to practice and exercise their religious beliefs without hindrance from the state.


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