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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