GOP Rep: Birth Control Mandate as Bad as 9/11, Pearl Harbor
Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Penn., declared new laws requiring health insurers to cover birth control to be as destructive as the terror attacks on September 11, 2001, and the 1945 attack on Pearl Harbor.
“I know in your mind, you can think of the times America was attacked,” Kelly said, according to the Huffington Post. “One is Dec. 7, that’s Pearl Harbor Day. The other is September 11, and that’s the day the terrorists attacked. I want you to remember Aug. 1, 2012, the attack on our religious freedom. That is a day that will live in infamy, along with those other dates.”
The attack on Pearl Harbor killed 2,402 American servicemembers and 57 civilians, and brought America into the bloodiest war in human history. The terror attacks in 2001 killed 2,996 people in New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, and sparked military invasions of Afghanistan and, for some reason, Iraq.
It is unknown how many thousands of Americans the birth control mandate has killed so far, and Kelly did not specify a number. Most observers put the number at roughly zero thousand.
Despite the overwhelming lack of devastation caused by the destruction, Kelly was joined by other Republican members of Congress, who decried the horrific attack on freedom.
“As this mandate goes into effect, Americans are going to be forced to act against the principles of their faith,” Rep. Ben Quayle, R-Ariz., said. “This coercion by taxation that this president seems to like must stop and it must come to end now.”
Quayle did not indicate whether coercion by taxation should also be ended for those who oppose war, road construction, or inspected foodstuffs.
New rules require insurance companies to provide birth control coverage to all insured American women. Some groups, notably the Catholic Church, have opposed the rules, saying the rule effectively forces them to provide birth control coverage for insured employees. However, under the rule, costs are borne by insurance companies themselves, who have agreed to the rule, as providing birth control is generally less expensive than providing care for unintended pregnancies.
Because of the rule, every American woman who is insured can now get birth control at no cost, thus helping to lower the abortion and unplanned pregnancy rates. Truly, it is as bad as the Gulf of Tonkin incident, the sinking of the RMS Lusitania, and Hiroshima — combined.
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