I don't know for certain whether Sarah Palin is opposed to contraceptive devices, including condoms, for married couples.
But it would not be surprising. Joe Sudbay at Americablog tells us that Roe v. Wade was based upon another case, Griswold v. Connecticut. McCain and Palin are committed to overturning Roe v. Wade. Sudbay says that "If Roe goes, Griswold is on the chopping block."
In 1965, in the great state of Connecticut, it was illegal for married couples to use contraceptives. Griswold overturned that law. 1965!!!! Did the Roman Church run Connecticut in 1965?
Certainly, as Sudbay points out, McCain and Palin should be asked the question: "Do you oppose the use of contraceptives in our country?"
It's an important question because more and more Christian right-wing extremists are defining contraception as abortion, including the theocrat, Mike Huckabee. Huckabee has said the "pill" is equivalent to abortion!
But he's one of many. Congresswoman Diana DeGette has a new book out, "Sex, Science and Stem Cells." She discusses this very issue, and when asked whether people like Rep. Chris Smith and his colleagues are desirous of banning access to contraception, DeGette said:
"There are many examples in my book where far-right members [of Congress] have tried to deny access to birth control. For many years, we gave international HIV/AIDS prevention money to religious organizations which would not provide information about condoms [or] about AIDS prevention. Rep. Smith tried to exclude certain types of birth control methods [from being] covered in federal employee insurance plans and exclude birth control pills, IUD's, the patch, and others."
DeGette goes on to suggest that many powerful politicians in and out of Congress "want to ban birth control altogether and think we should have some sort of Christian nation (according to their views) where people should be abstinent until marriage, and then only have sex for procreation."
Cristina Page raises this same issue in an article at RH Reality Check. She notes, first of all, "that between 1990 and 2004, abortion rates plummeted by 50 percent in the U.S. The researchers suggest one common-sense policy approach is most responsible: access to contraception."
She fears that in the abortion discussion in this country, the issue of reproductive rights may be shoved aside because "the issue many candidates don't want voters to think about is not abortion, but contraception..." They want to do their nasty work behind closed doors.
Page notes that "Across the U.S., anti-abortion organizations have added anti-contraception activities to their agenda ...
"North Kentucky Right to Life, for instance, will not endorse a candidate unless he or she states that the standard birth control pill is an abortion method ... Pro-Life Wisconsin asked legislators to ban emergency contraception from state university campuses and opposed efforts to provide rape victims with pregancy prevention ...
"Missouri Right to Life convinced its allies in the state Legislature to completely discontinue the state's family planning program. Georgia Right to Life organized its favorite legislators to support a bill that would reclassify all hormonal methods of birth control as abortion. ...
Has our country gone totally crazy? Who are these fruitcakes and how in hell did they get so much power?
You have to wonder about people who whine that abortion is killing babies and the most terrible sin in the world while at the same time strive to make illegal the information and the means by which to avoid unwanted pregnancies.
It's religion run amok. It's Roman Catholic and fundamentalist Christianity taken to its most extreme and its insane!
Read all of Ms. Page's article here.