Somehow Rep Steve King has become a poster child for pretty much all the things/perspectives that currently irk me in the Republican party's leaders' view on contraception. Thanks to Suggestivetongue for bringing these to my attention. I will use some quotes from him as a spring board to a few things I've been thinking lately:
Preventing babies from being born is not medicine. That’s not — that’s not constructive to our culture and our civilization. If we let our birth rate get down below replacement rate we’re a dying civilization,” King said on the House floor on Monday night.
How in the world does a country flooded with unwanted children constructive to our culture and civilization? Contraception is important to lowering the number of unwanted and neglected children in this world, not to mention allowing couples to actually have family planning and NOT rely on abortions. I can't understand a person who is against abortions and not a proponent of widely spread and available contraceptives. Contraceptives STOP contraception, lowering the number of abortions, does that not make sense?
“We’re $14 trillion in debt and now we’re going to cover birth control, breast pumps, counseling for abuse? Are we going to do pedicures and manicures as well?”
Only a person who has NEVER been a position where they couldn't AFFORD birth control, breast pumps our counseling, could insinuate that these things are as trivial as a manicure and pedicure. THIS IS THE PROBLEM WITH THE PEOPLE IN OUR GOVERNMENT - PRIVILEGE. They don't take the time to understand the position that the majority of the country is in. We are all not living cushy with anything at our grasp. They continue to make cuts to things that affect the majority of people, while safe guarding the funds of the smallest percent of the country - the very rich.
“Having a baby is not the worst thing. I think having multiple sex partners without any kind of restraint or responsibility is much more damning.”
I really wish that this notion of the only people who don't want children are people with thousands of sex partners grabbing people off the streets and throwing them into bed! There are perfectly well adjusted, MARRIED, couples who would like to have some say in when they have children. There are people with children already, who don't have the means to have any more, and use contraception to not have another child.
/end political rant