Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Are You Kidding Me?

* Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina appeared on The View the other day where she said,
"Women don't care about contraception."  

 Nikki Haley is wrong.

Unfortunately, Nikki Haley is another one of those Republicans that live in a bubble, watch Fox News, and believe it is news.  In looking up her bio, I noticed that she was born in 1972, one year before abortion was legalized in 1973.  She has no idea about the history behind the fight for reproductive freedom, the economic freedom women experienced because they had  choices about birth control, and the number of women who died because of botched, unsanitary abortions.  Women care about contraception. 

The 1940 U.S. census was released this week and it is quite evident that things were different then. In 1940, families were huge because women had many pregnancies, produced many children, and often died in childbirth.  It was not unusual to hear of women dying while giving birth along with her child.  A woman's womb was not intended to be in production mode every year.

When a woman is having 8, 9, 10, 11, or more children, her life is in her home, her education is unimportant, and her ability to leave her home is limited.  She might be in a marriage that isn't happy, but she is trapped. Her life is limited to cooking, cleaning, taking care of the children, and doing it all over again every single day.  A woman that has many pregnancies increases her chances of an early death.  Is this what Republicans want us to return to-----the 1940's?

Women care about contraception and we know that President Obama respects the rights of women to make their own choices about their bodies, careers, education, and lives.  The Republicans only care about money, their own wealth, and controlling what happens in a woman's uterus.  They don't care about supporting public education and medical care for the children of those accidental pregnancies.

Women care about contraception. We don't want a Republican President and a Republican controlled Congress stopping our access to get contraception, medical care, and cancer screenings.


In the upcoming elections, women need to let Republicans know that we care about contraception.