Republican Congressman Says Planned Parenthood is “Neutering” Men

Allen West, a freshman Republican Congressman from Florida who was, notably, endorsed by Sarah Palin, addressed a group of conservative women last week with rhetoric that achieved the great feat of being simultaneously disturbing and nonsensical.  In a speech to Women Impacting the Nation (WIN), an organization which, according to its mission statement, seeks to support the “Judeo-Christian values upon which our country is founded,” West accused Planned Parenthood and other liberal women’s groups of “neutering American men.”

West got some press a few weeks ago for declaring on Fox News that President Obama’s recent budget speech was “Marxist demagogic rhetoric,” so clearly he’s not afraid of making outrageously inaccurate and offensive comments in public.  His speech to WIN is certainly helping to put him on the map as an outrageous firebrand.  Because, according to West, women’s role is to strengthen men.  In his speech, he said:

“We need you to come in and lock shields to strengthen up the men that will go into the fight for you – to let these other women know, on the other side, these Planned Parenthood women, the Code Pink women, and all of these women who have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness, to let them know that we are not going to have our men become subservient. That’s what we need you to do. Because if we don’t, then the debt will continue to grow.”

This was connected, in an extremely fragmented way, to some ramblings about Spartan mothers, who, according to West, were responsible for the strength of the Spartan men they raised.  He also threw in some references to “our Judeo-Christian heritage” for good measure (clearly, he knew his audience), and added that this struggle was “a spiritual confrontation about the soul of these United States of America.”

I’ll leave it to you to piece out just how Planned Parenthood and Code Pink are related to debt growth, or why they’re causing a “spiritual confrontation.”  What’s clear is that West, like a growing number of American politicians, needs to think before he speaks – especially when it comes to Planned Parenthood.


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William Y.
William Y.4 years ago

@ Lee S. What does his military career have to do with his idiotic comment?

Lee S.
Lee S.4 years ago

this "moron" as you call Mr. Allen West, is a 22 year veteran our our Military. The writer of this article isn't worthy to lick his shoes.

* says a southern white middle aged woman*

Selma A.
Selma A.4 years ago

"...women who have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness."
Everyone has their faults and weaknesses, but this moron blames strong women for men's (his own?) weaknesses. If a man can't step up and be a real man, he's simply not good enough to be with a real woman. If you expect less, you'll often get it. This loser is just trying to rile feathers to get his name in the news. I've already forgotten him.

Mary W.
Mary Williamson4 years ago

This is another move by men to control the women they see as threatening their supremacy in society. The fact that women are primarily responsible for raising children, even when they work full time, has nothing to do with it in the minds of these men and women who want the world not to change from what they see as an 'ideal' past that never really existed except in a very limited way in a very limited time in a very limited geographic area.

This attitude is based in fear more than anything else, and those who hold it are pitiable. Unfortunately, this makes them no less dangerous, just pitiable.

Fred H.
Fred H.4 years ago

Cheryl L., with all due respect, you’re such a hypocrite!

The fact that women earn less than men is totally irrelevant to my comment (that non-custodial mothers have a worse record of paying child support than non-custodial fathers). For one thing, child support is tied to income, so when a woman earns less than a man, her child support is also less. Second, I do hope you know that the reason for the earnings differential has nothing to do with discrimination and everything to do with choices that women make. The best documentation is in “Why Men Earn More,” by Dr. Warren Farrell. (The government even had their own analysis debunking the myth of discrimination, but Obama had it removed from their website because he needs to pander to people like you.)

I’m amazed that you have reduced women’s role in reproduction as simply “the receptacle for the seed” — especially, after the women’s movement worked so hard to make the woman’s role absolutely paramount in reproduction. Thanks to legalized abortion, women have total control over who gets born and when.

I agree with Karen DeCrow, former president of N.O.W., who feels it’s totally hypocritical of women to demand this power and then demand that men take responsibility for the decisions that women made. But, then again, she’s not a hypocrite.

Ron B.
Ron B.4 years ago

and we aren't neutering him for what reason?? isnt anyone else worried that he might breed and make more like him with twisted and unacceptable lawmaking priorities?

Kathleen D.
Kathleen D.4 years ago

Alan West has long been known for his maniacal rants. He is a pathetic excuse as a human being and anyone with any common sense will ignore the bastard and move on. I believe the crazies on the right have enjoyed their 5 minutes of fame and the limelight is quickly dimming.

Mitzie W.
Mitzie W.4 years ago

Holy.......This is so, so, absurd I am not even sure what to say.

Karen F.
Mrs. Friedman4 years ago

I'd like to see all Republicans neutered!

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal4 years ago

Planned Parenthood is neutering men? Now, that's a concept! With so many unwanted pregnancies, human beings could be responsible enough to use prevention.