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GOP Rep Says Free Birth Control Will End American Civilization

GOP Rep Says Free Birth Control Will End American Civilization

 

There have been some fairly ridiculous reactions to the decision to require insurers to cover birth control and other women’s health services without a co-pay, including a Fox News commentator who uttered the dire prediction that after birth control, insurers would be forced to cover manicures and pedicures.  After all, once we have access to a frivolous lady service like domestic violence counseling, nabbing free grooming is definitely my next priority.

But GOP Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) realizes that loftier issues are at stake: according to him, providing accessible birth control will cause the decline of American civilization.

King, speaking on the House floor on Monday night, announced that “preventing babies from being born is not medicine.”  Indeed, he added, if all of us had been “prevented” through birth control, we would not have health care to worry about (a fair, but completely irrelevant point).  The “Orwellian” consequences are, for King, clear: “If we let our birth rate get down below the replacement rate we’re a dying civilization.”

His radically misinformed comments reveal a fundamental element of the GOP’s line on reproductive rights: anything that allows women to control their fertility must be detrimental to society as a whole.  This is despite the fact that, as ThinkProgress’ Marie Diamond points out, “facilitating women’s access to birth control benefits society at large and is the fiscally conservative position.”

How does it do this?  By reducing the number of abortions (certainly something that King should be able to get behind) and reducing healthcare costs.  Since poor women are four times more likely to have an unplanned pregnancy as higher-income women, giving them the means to choose when to have a child cuts down on the likelihood that they will rely on the states for pre and post-natal care.  But of course, reducing the number of people who access government services isn’t King’s goal – it’s not like he’s a member of the Tea Party, or anything like that.

Of course, such a coherent application of his own party’s supposed fiscal policies would be too much for Rep. King, whose apocalyptic ramblings forecast a terrible world in which women are able to decide whether or not to have children and — shockingly — society benefits.  Women having control over their own bodies and sexuality — and saving the government money?  Surely the end times are at hand.

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10:29PM PDT on Aug 19, 2011

ok this brings out the feminist in me. Women, why are we allowing these men to dictate and control our lives? They do not own us they are not God or the police. Tell them its not going to fly. no birht control =no sex,no porno ,no hookers. it is as simple as that got it?

7:54AM PDT on Aug 19, 2011

************* INCREDIBILE......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1:53PM PDT on Aug 16, 2011

These radical rightists are so pre-1970's. We really must do everything we can to defeat them every time.

12:07PM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

At least this pushed the right wingers to expose their real agenda. There may be a lot of people on the fence where abortion is concerned but perhaps they will come to their senses when they realize that the right wing considers all birth control except abstinence to be the same as abortion.

11:45AM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

I know I'm late in this response (been away, and am catching up on e-mails)... but I hope it's not too late to add my 2 cents.

There are many women who do not want to become mothers, and there are also just as many women who should NOT become mothers. Birth control allows each woman - married or not - to still enjoy a meaningful, sexual relationship with less fear of being forced into making the decision to spend nine months carrying a child she doesn't want, a child she is in no position to care for, or having an abortion. Apparently the Republicans believe that when any woman enjoys a healthy sex life - married or not - if a pregnancy occurs, it's God's Will. I think anyone who believes this, is deranged. God does NOT make babies - PEOPLE do. And to say the best way to avoid an unwanted pregnancy is to abstain from having sex? Well, that's ridiculous. How many marriages would survive THAT? Safe sex is just as good for women as it is for men, and insofar as whether or not the "white race" will disappear? So what if it does? We are all a meshing of many ethnicities, right now. Some of us may have blond hair and blue eyes, but our DNA tells the true story - absolutely NONE of us is entirely caucasian. If the Republicans cared as much for ALL Americans as they do about abortion, birth control, religion, and other topics which have little to do with rebuilding our country's finances and making sure all of us get the healthcare we need without going hungry to pay the insurance

2:49AM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

What utter crap. What does theone have to do with the other??? Y'know, cretin extraordinary, it isn't a matter of 'either/or'.....some people want to have as many babies as they can make- others, perhaps mindful of financial circs. are more circumspect- or would like to be, given a chance......How can their unwillingness to have unwanted children(unwanted for whatever reason) affect the survival of American civilisation? It seems that the lunatics running the show are doing a bang-up job of that themselves.......

2:49AM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

What utter crap. What does theone have to do with the other??? Y'know, cretin extraordinary, it isn't a matter of 'either/or'.....some people want to have as many babies as they can make- others, perhaps mindful of financial circs. are more circumspect- or would like to be, given a chance......How can their unwillingness to have unwanted children(unwanted for whatever reason) affect the survival of American civilisation? It seems that the lunatics running the show are doing a bang-up job of that themselves.......

10:04AM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

Steve King says, "providing accessible birth control will cause the decline of American civilization."

Impossible. The Republican leadership already has that one covered.

6:56AM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

Cutting spending on, so called, entitlements is ineffective for addressing the deficit. Cutting programs that support the low and middle class will further strain both who don’t even receive lower prices as a result of the U.S. job losses and create a disconnect that will end in another financial collapse. The justification for attacking government benefits as opposed to raising taxes is the creation of jobs. But where?

Corporations have over-powered our government which now believes that out-sourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs is inevitable and necessary with expectations that the middle class should fall on their swords. It is the underlying cause of the financial collapse and borders on national security with the loss of our middle class tax base. Yet, this nation does nothing, not even demand it be restricted by whatever method. International businesses are doing the UN-AMERICAN activity of destroying U.S. salaries, U.S. businesses that hire in the U.S., and as an end result, destroying the U.S. marketplace while still demanding BUSINESS ENTITLEMENTS and protections for themselves.

Infrastructure spending and tax breaks will not replace enough jobs to keep up with the hemorrhaging loss of U.S. jobs from out-sourcing over seas. Neither party will do anything about it unless we begin grass roots efforts to protest out-sourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs. If nothing is done we will deserve what we get and it will get a lot worse before it gets better

4:32PM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

IT has happened in Europe, where the birthrate has dropped dramatically and then the immigrants and their offspring fill in the space...Nature will out..however, i do believe that birthcontrol is a must. so is a more efective sex-education class in schools.. what do people prefer? an increase in teen pregnancy and dependancy on welfare? or kids learning about sex on MTV? education is so much better than either extreme: unplanned pregnancy/ abortion/ free birth control...

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