Religious right Republican Rick Santorum is opposed to contraceptives. He believes the state has the right to regulate this most private part of a person's life. In October he even said contraceptives give "a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be." He gets his "how things are supposed to be" from the Catholic Church and the Bible. More on this below.
Even though Republicans portray themselves as favoring small government, it seems they only want to limit government intervention in corporations, banks and on Wall Street. The government regulation of what goes on in your bedroom is actually promoted by the religious right.
One U.S. Supreme Court decision Santorum is upset with is Griswold v. Connecticut from 1965. In that case the U.S. Supreme Court decided it was no business of the state government, or any government, whether people decided to use contraceptives or not. Santorum believes that a state does have the right to tell people they cannot use birth control. This is inline with the teachings of his Catholic "revealed" religion.
One consequence of Santorum's and the religious right's desire to stop people from using birth control is that the number of abortions will skyrocket. Without the right to use contraceptives it is estimated the number of abortions would increase by two-thirds.
Most Christians who oppose abortion seem to do so based on religious grounds. They believe the Bible shows God is against abortion. Although there are reason based arguments against abortion, many Christians believe God made his opposition to abortion known in the Bible. This is not correct.
Another example of the Bible god not truly valuing human life whether in or out of the womb is the horrid disgusting Bible story of Noah and the flood. (A joke the Deist Thomas Paine included in The Age of Reason, The Complete Edition , for the Kindle version click here, is "Do you believe in Noah? Ah, no.") As this story goes, the Bible god killed every living thing on planet Earth with the exception of the inhabitants of the ark. That includes not only millions of mothers and fathers and grandmothers and grandfathers, but also millions of infants and millions of unborn children. The excuse given for this mass slaughter was because the world was full of sin and the only righteous people were Noah and his family. But me must ask ourselves what sin could unborn children and infants have committed???