Birth control will be on the ballot in some states
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10/29/08 Mitch E. Perry
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In this election cycle, birth control has emerged as an issue in one state ballot measure and a dozen or so congressional races.

According to advocates who hosted a conference call this afternoon, the issue surfaces despite the fact that public opinion polls show that 90 percent of voters support birth control.

Fofi Mendez is campaign manager for Vote No on 48, a proposed ballot initiative in Colorado that would give full constitutional and human rights to fertilized eggs.

Mendez says, if passed, Amendment 48 in Colorado would also lead to banning birth control pills and forms of contraception. But it’s currently losing in the polls.

Mary Jane Gallagher is president of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association. In discussing how the political parties and presidential candidates differ on the subject, she praised Barack Obama as being one of the first sponsors of what’s called the Prevention First Act.

Christina Page is a blogger with birthcontrolwatch.org.

She says the issue of birth control has evolved into an issue in couple of congressional races in just the last couple of weeks, including in Virginia (roll tape#3 o.q.”as an issue”)

Mary Jane Gallagher says the American people are split on the issue of choice. But she said the extreme right has been more outspoken on eliminating contraception in the U.S., despite the fact that unlike abortion rights, it’s not nearly that controversial as a topic with the public.

For more information on these issues, go to Birthcontrolwatch.org.

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