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GOP Rep: Birth Control Mandate as Bad as 9/11, Pearl Harbor

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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8:46AM PST on Dec 31, 2012

Rep Kelly is in urgent need of mental health care.

8:11AM PST on Dec 30, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

4:48PM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

Yes providing birth control at no cost to women is a very great idea. Also think about it, possibly few abortions. And tell the CATHOLICS, BAPTISTS, and any other "religious" idiots to keep there mouths shut and stay out of women's as well as other peoples health care.

And on a side note, tell the State of Arizona's legislature and governor they were totally wrong in passing a law that gives employers the right to know about women's use of birth control and if the employer disagrees the employee can be fired.

Very stupid laws.

9:47AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

Great catch Amber. Even I missed that part.

9:23AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

He also obviously doesn't know history if he thinks that American involvement in WWII started in 1945 since he said Pearl Harbor was in 1945, rather than 1941!

11:02PM PDT on Aug 5, 2012

Health insurance paying for birth control, which saves a LOT of money, is an "attack on our religious freedom"???!!!

It is almost impossible to conceive that anyone's mind could be so irrational and insane.

1:49AM PDT on Aug 5, 2012

Debbie W said:

"These idiots are the terrorists!"

Debbie, they are terrorists. They terrorize us through their narrow understanding of the world. They want to create law based on their limited knowledge of birth control and women's health issues.

Essentially they are demanding that we adopt their personal religious restrictions on birth control. And that is a violation of our constitutional rights.

8:17AM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

James M asks "How in the world do these blabbering,
bobbleheaded, bozos get elected in
the first place? Unreal........".

That's easy James, because babbering, bobbleheaded, bozos vote for them.

Bartly, Steve R does indeed have a problem with all women - he both hates and fears them.

8:06AM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

This idiot makes me ashamed to be from PA. Poor thing. He must have been dropped on his head as a child. Try passing JOB creating bills instead of demonstrating you ignorance and stupidity so openly on TV.

6:23PM PDT on Aug 3, 2012

Oh Carole, take a handful of green stars out of petty cash!

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