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Was the decision to allow single people to use birth control “the single most destructive decision in the history of the Court"?

Dr. Pat Fagan, a senior fellow at the Christian conservative Family Research Council, recently slammed the U.S. Supreme Court for ruling in 1972 that single people should be allowed to use birth control.

According to RightWingWatch.org, Dr. Fagan called a 1972 Supreme Court case “the single most destructive decision in the history of the Court" and “essentially said... single people have the right to engage in sexual intercourse.”

“Well, societies have always forbidden that, there were laws against it,” fumed Dr. Fagan. “Now sure, single people are inclined to push the fences and jump over them, particularly if they are in love with each other and going onto marriage, but they always knew they were doing wrong.”

“They just said, ‘No, singles have the right to contraceptives. We mean singles have the right to have sex outside of marriage.’ Brushing aside millennia, thousands and thousands of years of wisdom, tradition, culture and setting in motion what we have.”

“Functioning societies don’t do that, they stop it, they punish it, they corral people, they shame people, they do whatever,” he stated. “The institution for the expression of sexuality is marriage and all societies always shepherded young people there. What the Supreme Court said was forget that shepherding, you can’t block that, that’s not to be done.”

Source: RightWingWatch.org

 
IhartU

Asked by IhartU at 1:56 PM on Mar. 13, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (14)
  • Is he still alive so I can bitch slap him?

    He just said it yesterday, so presumably.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:59 PM on Mar. 13, 2013

  • FYI for those who don't spend much time in the RD section, the Family Research Council may appear to be a joke, but they are moving millions of dollars in every political campaign season and put a lot of weight behind every proprosed anti-gay marriage law in the country. They are one of the driving forces in politics today because there is no secular equivalent organized specifically to counter them.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 2:10 PM on Mar. 13, 2013

  • That is HILARIOUS!! What puritanical black hole does this guy come from thinking all societies, all people have encouraged chastity and monogamy?
    anng.atlanta

    Answer by anng.atlanta at 2:03 PM on Mar. 13, 2013

  • Nope the single worst decision was letting the Affordable Health Care Act go through
    Michigan-Mom74

    Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 1:14 AM on Mar. 14, 2013

  • hmm...im pretty sure the summer of love was in 1969 so...he's full of BS. but that should be of no surprise since he works for the Family Research Council.
    okmanders

    Answer by okmanders at 2:12 PM on Mar. 13, 2013

  • Yes, because no single person EVER had sex or even thought about having sex until the decision to allow them access to birth control in 1972.

    The stupidity makes my head hurt.
    wendythewriter

    Answer by wendythewriter at 2:28 PM on Mar. 13, 2013

  • Is he still alive so I can bitch slap him?
    3libras

    Answer by 3libras at 1:58 PM on Mar. 13, 2013

  • Oh damn, I read 1972 so, I assumed this was some asinine statement made in 1972. It's so sad that we still have people like this around.

    3libras

    Answer by 3libras at 2:01 PM on Mar. 13, 2013

  • ugh the ignorance of people. I am so suck if certain religious people expecting everyone to follow what they believe.
    LostSoul88

    Answer by LostSoul88 at 2:08 PM on Mar. 13, 2013

  • It's a pretty ignorant statement.
    Ballad

    Answer by Ballad at 2:13 PM on Mar. 13, 2013

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