Did Michele Bachmann Pledge to Enforce A Quiverful Movement?

Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has made headlines today as the first potential Republican nominee to sign the “Marriage Vow” — a pledge written by Bob Vander Plaat and The Family Leader, a conservative anti-gay, anti-choice group in Iowa.

Most of the noise about Bachmann’s vow has surrounded around its demand that pornography be banned, that same sex marriage be eradicated, that most government programs that help the low income be ended and that abortion and “infanticide” be outlawed.  In fact, the pledge even goes as far as to opine that African American children were actually better off under slavery than they are today, since at least when they were slaves more of them were raised in a household by both their mothers and their fathers (Except of course when they were sold from their families.  Or when their “fathers” were actually their owners.).

But something that appears to be getting less notice and is quite disturbing is this statement:

“Recognition that robust childbearing and reproduction is beneficial to US demographic, economic strategic and actuarial health and security.”

“Robust childbearing?” I wasn’t the only one who recognized what that code meant.  So did a former member of the “Quiverful” movement.

“Robust childbearing and reproduction” is code for the likes of the Quiverful Movement.  I was part of a Quiver… a ridiculously large family… before Quivers were cool.  Having many, many children is all fine and dandy if the woman wants this.  But in this context it is a form of COERCION as a result of legalistic, Biblical brainwashing.  Many women suffer physical, emotional and spiritual abuse to their bodies and minds as a result of “robust childbearing.”  Within the context of this document, “The Family Leaders” seem to be blind to the fact that they are more concerned about the health of the U.S. by way of “robust childbearing” than the health of the woman… and this is a form of ANTI-WOMAN TOTALITARIAN CONTROL.

We’ve been watching Republicans take away birth control subsidies allegedly to “defund abortion” but in actuality because they believe all sex should at least have the possibility of resulting in offspring.  And we’ve heard Rick Santorum bemoan that Social Security is in crisis because too many potential payers were “aborted” out of the system.

A large faction of the GOP wants all women to be having babies, all of the time.  And they aren’t the fringe anymore — now they are being called the “kingmakers.”  They are picking people to lead the country, and lead it in their biblical worldview.

And Michele Bachmann just pledged to do exactly that.

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Mark G.
Mark G.4 years ago

Nutty as tossed salad!

Politics & MoneY

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

She sure loves herself.

JoAnne Klein
JoAnne Klein4 years ago

Thanks, Annmari L. I just hope the voters in this country pay attention to what they're doing.

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin4 years ago

Anyone know how many kids this quiverful woman has herself? She's pretty scary, a little like the wicked witch of the West. Specially since she's promoting massive amounts of rape! If I weren't in an exceptional good mood today I would be depressed by this Bachmann alien (can't in my right mind call "it" a woman!).

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin4 years ago

Anna M. Sorry, but could only give you one Green Star! Would have given you plenty if I could.

Lawrence Travers
Lawrence Travers4 years ago

I tried tracking her husband's PhD, and could not confirm it qualified him to legally provide mental health counseling/treatment. Does anyone know the facts? I also do not understand how he quaifies for Medicaid reimbursement for a Christain Conseling Clinic.
Has he ever been investigated for Medicaid fraud?

Siusaidh C.
Susan C.4 years ago

Come on now folks - Ms. Bachmann wants only CERTAIN people to have more kids. The rest of us should have only the number as can be conveniently exploited by the likes of Ms. Bachmann.

For her sort, slavery was indeed ideal. Owners sold children who were surplus to requirements for healthy profits, even if they were their own sons and daughters.

Elizabeth T.
Elizabeth T.4 years ago

First off, I am an educated, intelligent, independent, free thinking woman NOT a baby factory.

Currently the UN-employment rate in this country is 9.1% (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
The monetary surplus and stable economy Bill Clinton left us with was was tied up, beaten and raped by the Bush administration.
All that aside, the fact is that there are not enough jobs for all the people who want and need to work in this country. Now the reservist troops returning from Afghanistan are finding it difficult to find jobs too and THAT Adds to the Unemployment stats. So much for all those fancy commercial telling you how joining up will better your life and help you get a great job.

Clearly, there are more people than jobs. How is "Robust reproduction" suppose to be good for anyone? Politicians are always talking about "Creating Jobs" really? Is it a magic trick because I don't see how ANY politician can "CREATE" jobs. So where will all these Robustly produced babies find jobs in 18 years? Or are "we" going to leave that for the next guy the way Bush did?
There are too many people in this world. If you want a big family ADOPT! There are TONS of kids just waiting for a home of their own and many don't get it! You don't see right to lifers promoting THAT do you?

Lauren A.
Lauren A.4 years ago

Michelle Bachmann is the devil in clothing. She's just trash, nothing more.

Anna M.
Anna M.4 years ago

I, for one, hope she DOES become the GOP choice: she's a scary option, isn't it? Fear can be a great motivator to vote for the other candidate.

Politics aside, the narrow-minded vitriol she spews is a major setback for equality of all humans, homo- or heterosexual, male or female, childed or childfree. I am thankful I haven't had kids, though people like her do scare me. (I have my own set of daily interactions of individuals who are MAD at me for not having kids.) When will other individuals realize that there is more to me than my uterus?