BY KAREN WEBB
First, they do not want anyone – even, some believe, 12-year-old victims of incest or rape – to be able to choose an abortion even if their life depended on it.
Second, they complain endlessly about people having too many children and being on welfare even while their “job creators” haven’t created many since the first Bush tax cut.
Third, they are big on wanting to cut Medicaid to families who have more children than they can afford.
Fourth, they are pushing to force everyone to pay for private schooling, even for people we don’t know.
Fifth, they are talking about cutting school lunch programs for families who can’t afford the children they have.
Sixth, WIC, the program for Women, Infants and Children, is on the way to the cutting room floor.
All of this is because they don’t want the nation’s wage earners to pay their share for the rights they abused while tanking the economy and destroying the housing industry.
And now I present Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa:
“They’ve called it preventive medicine. Preventative medicine? Well if you apply that preventative medicine universally what you end up is you have prevented a generation. Preventing babies from being born is not medicine. That’s not constructive to our culture and our civilization. If we let our birth rate get down below the replacement rate we are a dying civilization. Right now we are about at 2.1 babies per woman.”
Well, he and his wife have barely gotten past the 2.1 babies. He is a 61-year-old Baby Boomer, who came of age during the big push for birth control, and yet, he has only 3 children. There must have been something really catastrophic in the King family values unit or someone was using some form of birth control or they would have a “Quiver full.” Even the rhythm method would be harmful to civilization, according to what he said.
We Okies don’t have a lot of reason to pick on Iowa for their Congressional delegation. Back when DOCTOR [they answer his congressional phone using Doc and not Senator] Tom Coburn was in the House he objected to Washington, DC using tax money to help pay for birth control for poor women. He said that some forms of birth control can cause spontaneous abortions. An OB-GYN who has never prescribed or suggested any of the regular forms of birth control – other than “just say no” – seems really far-fetched.
Yesterday, I was discussing Congress with a few people and one woman, about my age, said in a really hateful tone, “free birth control.” I told her it wasn’t free – they were forcing insurance companies to pay for birth control, but there would still be co-pays. I suggested one of the best ways to prevent abortions is to prevent pregnancy. As she walked away she said, “Parents should teach there children to just not do it.”
They should teach who? Even their married, adult children? I don’t have the numbers, but I would bet that more married people use birth control than teenagers.
“Right now we are about at 2.1 babies per woman” sounds a little like Rep. King is suggesting you should just divorce her and find a more fertile or accommodating breeder in order to get that birth rate up to the “replacement” rate.
Is he serious? Alrighty then … Grandpa died last year and Granny is not looking good, who wants to breed us a replacement? Get with it or our family values civilization is toast.
– Karen Webb lives in Moore, OK and is a regular contributor to The Oklahoma Observer