Okay there are so, so, so many things wrong with this bit of blather, but as I have learned to do with pretty much everything concerning Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is to just pretend I didn’t hear it. Occasionally, her words hit my ears and I hear “If it weren’t for my horse, I wouldn’t have spent that year in college,” (cool points to you if you can attribute that quote properly) but mostly I just run, quickly, and refuse to acknowledge that she spoke.
For instance, HPV vaccine’s causing retardation. Really? Now as someone who’s dealt with quite a few incarnations of HPV (I can think of few things more terrifying than hearing the phrase ‘pre-cancerous cells’. Dropping the ‘pre’ would be one of them), I don’t even fully recommend the vaccine, but that’s more due to the newness of it, coupled with the gross misunderstanding of the virus and the vast amount of information doctors have yet to learn. Retardation never even crossed my mind. I will give her credit though, that she didn’t go for the obvious “it will make girls have sex.”
Now, her scare tactic of choice is comparing the US to Communist freaking China. On Glenn Beck’s online show, “Real News from the Blaze,” Bachmann speaks to the fact that many proponents of mandated free birth control have pointed out that contraception ultimately costs less than pregnancy. She goes on to say that using that logic, the government could decide that in order to save on health care expenses, they would put a moratorium on child bearing,
“…it isn’t far-fetched to think that the President of the United States could say, we need to save health care expenses — the federal government will only pay for one baby to be born in the hospital per family, or two babies to be born per family. That could happen. We think it couldn’t?”
Seriously? That drivel just made me look at the screen and say, ‘Oh, come on.” then she dropped this gem:
“What I’m saying is that now that we know the President of the United States unilaterally can tell insurance companies, you must offer the morning-after abortion pill, you must offer sterilizations, you must offer contraceptives free to the recipients of those products, because we tell you to.”
…and I shook my head and sighed. The whole statement was just, ugh, but it has that one line, “the morning after abortion pill.” Look here, dummy. Maybe you need to ask a few questions the next time you go to the gynecologist. The morning after pill, is, in no way, shape, form, incarnation, dream, exaggeration, or otherwise, the abortion pill. To say that means that we allow pharmacists to dispense a drug that is the equivalent of a medical procedure to anyone who walks in and asks for one. Let me tell you something… before an abortion, whether it’s in the first 6-7 weeks (which can be done with the abortion pill RU486) or later, requires an ultrasound first. Even if you walk in with 25 positive tests and a letter from your doctor confirming it, no abortion provider will take you on your word. So by saying the morning after pill is an abortion pill, you imply that we would allow someone who is not a medical professional, to administer an abortifacient to someone who is not or may not even be pregnant.
Do I need to explain to you how conception works? Or is your confusing more focused on what the morning after pill is? It is simply a high-dose of any other contraception. It’s like taking a whole weeks worth of pills at once.
Want to know how I know it doesn’t cause abortion? Because a friend of mine missed a couple pills, didn’t realize it, continued to take them. She didn’t know it until much later, but she’d conceived during the time she was hormone-less. She didn’t even know she was pregnant until sometime after the 3 month mark. So for three straight months, she was digesting the exact same hormones found in the morning after pill… and still remained pregnant.
I’m not entirely sure why I’m still surprised that so many people continue to think that abortion and plan B (or any other generic form) are the same. Even the people who believe life begins at conception are wrong, because plan B prevents conception from happening, just like the pills, the ring, the diaphragm, everything else. But I digress. If anything, these people are doing nothing else but proving a very staunch Pro-Choice point. Choicers believe in sexual and reproductive education. These people with no concept of what happens all up in the ladybiz are the exact people who need that education.
Oh, and this little tidbit here just screams of What the fuck?
“There’s nothing that this president, one person, would be limited from doing. That’s how profound that is. I’m not saying that he is going to do it. I’m saying that he has the power and the authority to do it. We don’t want anyone to have that level of authority.”
Yet… she was one of the people who wanted that power. In addition, clearly she doesn’t know how the United States goverment works. If one person made all the decisions, he would be called a dictator. But see, there’s a Senate… and, this thing called, wait, I’m sorry, Congresswoman, what is that group of people called, that has to ratify laws before the president can sign off on them? I feel like you should know this… After all, it is your group that has prevented the President from completing a lot of great goals. I don’t think a one-child policy was one of them though, last I checked.