This prudish depiction of courtship in
the Victorian age represents the
apotheosis of sexual interaction in the
minds of many conservative American
Christians today. Democrats hope to
exploit those conservatives’ opposition
to sex education and contraception as
a backdoor method of pushing for
The Senate Democratic leadership will push for expanded access to contraceptives and sex education—a nationally popular move, but a bitter pill for the prudish right wingers who are desperately afraid that someone, somewhere, may be enjoying a sexual act.
The Senate Democratic leadership says it has found a wedge issue to strengthen the party’s position on abortion rights, which top strategists think has become a liability in recent years.
The wedge is legislation expanding access to contraceptives and sex education, which polls show a majority of Americans support but which Democrats are betting will be difficult for social conservatives in the Republican base to accept.
Democratic strategists say the time is right for action because women who support abortion rights but are not politically engaged are alarmed by the confirmation of Samuel Alito as Sandra Day O’Connor’s replacement on the Supreme Court and by the passage of legislation strictly curbing the availability of abortion.