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Contraception: A Defense

Rick Santorum may not like it, but it has its benefits

by
Marc Tracy
February 23, 2012
Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney last night at the debate.(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney last night at the debate.(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

At last night’s Republican primary debate in Arizona, which somehow was only the 20th, the contraception question that has dogged Rick Santorum, who personally opposes it, came up again. Echoing what his supporter Alan B. Miller told me this week, Santorum reiterated his personal stance but added, “Just because I’m talking about it doesn’t mean I want a government program to fix it.” (Of course, there have been times when he has suggested he might.) More broadly, the crowd booed a question about birth control, which savvy press critic Newt Gingrich used as a platform to attack the media for continuing to bring up this wedge issue.

Lost in all this are the benefits of contraception. To explain these, I thought I’d bring on a guest, our good friend Woody Allen, to enlighten us:

Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.