Cong. Steve King thinks birth control is the end of the world (literally)
Most of America probably greeted the news that birth control -- as important preventative medicine -- will now be a required, no-co-pay part of health insurance plans with a sigh of relief. You know, because 98% of women in America have used birth control at one point or another. And because it costs sometimes more than $35 a month.
But not right-wing Congressman -- and Michele Bachmann wing man -- Steve King of Iowa. He thinks no-co-pay contraception is the end of the world. No, really. He thinks it will make us a “dying civilization.” Because, you know, everyone will use birth control all the time, and no babies will be born, ever.
So, with all due respect, here’s a quick reminder for Congressman King about family planning. One: you can use contraception sometimes, and not use it other times. It’s not like being a Red Sox fan or a Yankees fan -- you can switch. Two: just because it’s free doesn’t mean you have to take it. To be fair, this is a lesson I have NEVER been able to adhere to when the supermarket lady is giving away free cake and cookies, but I feel confident most women -- and their partners -- will be able to say no to birth control if they don’t want it.
Let’s be clear: there’s no advance in women’s health care that Steve King seems to support, so this is no surprise. What is a lucky break is that Steve King has an opponent -- one Christie Vilsack -- whose advocacy for healthcare for women and families in Iowa is legendary. She’s one of EMILY’s List “On The List” candidates -- a woman who knows that affordable, accessible health care for women and families is a foundation for stable communities -- and thriving civilizations.