High five! Anyone? No?
Steve King: Covering Birth Control Will Make Us ‘A Dying Civilization’
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) thinks it's "Orwellian" that the federal government would require health insurance providers to cover birth control, and that if left unchecked the policy could allow the U.S. to become "a dying civilization."
King particularly took offense to the "preventative" part of the language: "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."
Right, because making birth control available is basically going to force everyone to use it every time! If contraception is available, there will be no babies ever, because no one actually wants babies. Every baby born anywhere in the world is attributable to the high cost of Norplant. (Do they still make Norplant?)
I mean, look at this thing. Who would want one of those?
"That's not constructive to our culture and our civilization," King said. "If we let our birth rate get down below the replacement rate we're a dying civilization."
He later added: "Now none of us would have health to care about if they prevented us, would they Mr. Speaker? That is just it is bizarre, it's Orwellian."
Um, I gotta think that's a bit more Lewis Carroll than George Orwell.
King objected to this policy on the House floor on Monday night, saying that it is simply government overreach and part of Obama's plan for socialized medicine: "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?"
Wow! That's a whole lot of ridiculous for one quote. Let's take this one point at a time.
A) Suuuuure, single people don't use birth control.
B) Really, there aren't enough celibate priests.
C) It's still private insurance companies covering birth control, so how is that "socialized medicine?"
D) By your logic, women shouldn't have to pay for prostate exams, vegetarians shouldn't have to pay for angioplasties, and those of us who have chosen not to reproduce shouldn't have to cover obstetrics or pediatrics.
Not on my dime, bitch!
Seriously, I don't know which is more ridiculous, the idea that making birth control more available will wipe out the species, or the idea that my insurance should only cover the things that I personally am going to use. Or, even if you are Steve King, you might someday find a woman willing to have sex with you, would you not want her to have access to birth control? Because a little mini Steve King? That would be a crime against nature.