I’ve got a piece up on Reproductive Health Reality Check today about the “Protest the Pill” anti-choice movement, wherein conservative Christian–especially Catholic–groups assert that contraception is murder and that hormonal birth control kills women and marriage, the exclusive purpose of which is reproduction. I stopped by a North Texas Planned Parenthood on Saturday morning to check out the action:
Holding aloft crosses aimed at pro-choice activists and signs depicting infant children–“Take my hand, not my life,” one read–a group of Catholics celebrating the American Life League’s annual “Protest The Pill Day” unwittingly helped raise $6,710 to provide packs of pills to poor women in North Texas. Instead of organizing a counter-protest or even disseminating educational information to contradict ALL’s claims about the dangers of contraception, Planned Parenthood of North Texas simply asked supporters to pledge donations for every protester rustled up by the anti-choice group. Thanks to ALL, more than 600 women will get free pills so that they can continue to make reproductive choices for themselves.
Representatives for Planned Parenthood told RH Reality Check that ALL’s claims were so preposterous, they largely found them unworthy of any concentrated effort at refuting. Of the risks and benefits of contraception, Planned Parenthood community advocate Denise Rodriguez told RHRC Saturday morning, “We already go over all of that with every woman who comes into the clinic.”