It seems that when it comes to women, the GOP just can’t control themselves. This time, it’s Mike Huckabee.
According to the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake, Huckabee said at a meeting of the Republican National Committee, “Democrats tell women ‘they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them with a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government.’”
What is wrong with these guys (and they are almost all guys)? Somebody needs to tell them not to mention women and birth control in the same conversation. They don’t get the subtleties and they don’t understand women’s perspectives.
Let’s look closely at what he said. It sounds like Huckabee believes that if you can’t afford birth control, you should have the willpower to abstain from sex. That’s gonna work out real well. You know, because every child is planned.
But another big problem is that Huckabee thinks birth control is just about sex. Women see birth control as part of their health and economic well being. Women are the ones at risk when they get pregnant, not fathers. For them, pregnancy comes with a risk of everything from morning sickness to miscarriage to even death. And the time lost from work and impact of a child can be enormous, including putting women who are already struggling financially into poverty.
Until Republicans start to understand that birth control is about more than sex, their disconnect with women voters will continue. Now, Governor McCrory, about that forced ultra-sound…
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