If you really want to piss off Republicans, talk to them about Sandra Fluke and a woman’s right to have taxpayers fund her birth control. Fluke continues to be a thorn in the side of many Republicans, and now Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh is ranting about her and her ‘embarrassing’ stance on birth control at the Democratic National Convention last week.
At a campaign event in Illinois on Saturday, Walsh went off on Fluke and her speech, telling her to “get a job” and pay for her own birth control:
Think about this, a 31-32 year old law student who has been a student for life, who gets up there in front of a national audience and tells the American people, ‘I want America to pay for my contraceptives. You’re kidding me. Go get a job. Go get a job Sandra Fluke.
He went on to say that Fluke’s comments are offensive in today’s economy:
We’ve got parents in this country who are struggling to buy sneakers that their kids can wear to school that just started. We’ve got parents up and down my district who are barely keeping their house. And, and, and, we have to be confronted by a woman, the Democratic Party this is what they stand for. They’re going to put a woman in front of us who is complaining that the country — you, me and you — won’t pay the 9 dollars per month to pay for her contraceptives.
Walsh then goes on to say that the Democrats put a “woman in front of us” at the DNC who complained that Americans won’t pay the $9 a month for her contraceptives. It’s “embarrassing,” he said.
And if you look at it from just those words, he has a point. Taxpayers funding a woman’s birth control does seem like we are being a bit “entitled” as he puts it, especially in light of a flailing economy. But, what he–and so many voters–don’t seem to understand is that this $9 a month would end up saving our country millions in healthcare in the long run.
As one study noted, expanding access to contraceptives through Affordable Care Act could save taxpayers $.32 billion by preventing unwanted pregnancies. Unintended pregnancies account for roughly half of all pregnancies in the U.S. each year, so when you look at the costs of abortion, pregnancy and child birth, the $9 a month seems like a no-brainer.
And yet, Republicans like Walsh continue to harp on the “offensive” and “embarrassing” nature of this–and Sandra Fluke.
Take a look at Walsh’s rant and tell us what you think: