October 1, 2012
This needs no comment from me. But I bet George Allen has no idea how some contraceptive devices work.
“Kaine was in the midst of attacking proposed federal legislation of Allen’s, which declares that life begins at conception. Kaine pointed out that it would make many forms of contraception illegal:
“”The way a birth control pill works is often to stop a fertilized egg’s embryo from implanting in a woman’s uterus."
Allen’s “personhood” legislation, Kaine said, would
"criminalize women’s right to make their own reproductive decisions. That is an intrusive, big government way of coming at a problem that is just exactly the kind of problem that government really can’t solve and shouldn’t be trying to solve."
Kaine’s line of argument appeared to catch Allen off guard. “Contraception,” Allen said,
"just by the word means “contra,” means there is not conception. So I don’t see a personhood amendment or the recognition of life beginning at conception as preventing contraception."
The moderator intervened: “About the contraception question, could you tell us how do you think birth control pills and intrauterine devices work?”
Allen: “I don’t profess to be a doctor. I’m just using logic, maybe a little bit of Latin, that contraception means it stops conception. And so you do not have a fertilized egg.”
Moderator: “Don’t they work by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg?”
Allen: “Well, if the egg is not fertilized there is not conception.”