The Top 5 Craziest Things Said About the Birth Control Benefit
There’s been a lot of talk about the Obama administration’s decision to protect no-cost birth control for women no matter where they work.
While many have applauded the president for reaffirming his commitment to women, there have been some reactions which can only be described as more than a little crazy.
The Senate is set to vote soon on an amendment that would effectively repeal the president’s decision to protect birth control access by giving any employer the opportunity to deny insurance coverage based on a “moral conviction.” And if you think that’s crazy, wait until you read our top five craziest quotes on birth control. Brace yourself.
1. Apparently a closet economist, Senator Roy Blunt articulates the true cost of birth control: "Saying the insurance company pays is like saying the utility company pays the extra cost of your utility bill. We all know who pays the utility bill — you do." We don’t actually understand Blunt’s point at all. Which is maybe why Blunt shouldn’t be the guy introducing the legislation to gut the benefit.
2. Evidently the fact that one in three women voters struggles to afford birth control at some point in her life is an inconsequential statistic to Senator Rick Santorum: "This is having someone pay for it [birth control], pay for something that shouldn't even be in an insurance plan anyway because it is not, really an insurable item. This is something that is affordable, available. You don't need insurance for these types of relatively small expenditures.”
3. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ General Counsel Anthony Picarello revealed the full motivation of those pushing for repeal of birth control coverage — it’s not about religious institutions, it’s about any person who has any individual belief being able to impose that on somebody else. "If I quit this job and opened a Taco Bell, I'd be covered by the mandate." So, now the manager at your terrible high school job gets to decide whether you get birth control?
4. Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson astounds with a statement that lacks any basis in reality, including the reality faced by women in his home state: “Nobody is taking away women’s health care benefits. Any woman in America can get free contraceptives if they can’t afford to pay for them through county health services, through a variety of places." Perhaps he should check with his own state, which cut Planned Parenthood out of the state family planning program—with no other provider, county health department or otherwise to step in. Without Planned Parenthood health centers, over 12,000 Wisconsin women — including 3,000 women in Sen. Johnson’s hometown of Oshkosh — would not have access to free and reduced cost contraceptives.
5. And to save the best (read: most ridiculous) for last, here is Iowa Congressman Steve King on our “dying civilization”: “We have people that are single, we have people that are past reproductive age, we have priests that are celibate. All of them, paying insurance premiums that cover contraceptives so that somebody else doesn't have to pay the full fare of that? And they've called it preventative medicine. Preventative medicine. Well if you applied that preventative medicine universally what you end up with is you've prevented a generation. 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.” I guess he’s never heard of anyone actually wanting a baby?