Conservative Audience Boos Birth Control During Republican Presidential Debate

Republicans across the country are waging war against women’s reproductive rights and GOP voters approve. During the Republican debate in Arizona on Wednesday evening, CNN’s John King brought up birth control, drawing the ire of the audience who booed loudly. The candidates on stage used the opportunity to launch into a broad attack on birth control measures, Planned Parenthood, single parents, and President Obama.

GINGRICH: “Not once did anybody in the elite media ask why Barack Obama voted in favor of legalizing infanticide.”

ROMNEY: “I don’t think we’ve seen in the history of this country the kind of attack on religious conscience, religious freedom, religious tolerance that we’ve seen under Barack Obama.”


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SANTORUM: “We have a society… the increasing number of teens being born out-of-wedlock in America, teens who are sexually active. The left gets so upset: ‘Oh, look at him talking about these things.’ Here is the difference between me and the left — and they don’t get this — just because I’m talking about it doesn’t mean I want a government program to fix it. That’s what they do. That’s not what we do.”

PAUL: “Sort of along the line of the [birth control] pills creating the immorality, I don’t see it that way. I think the immorality creates the problem of wanting to use the pill. So, you don’t blame the pills. I think it’s sort of like the argument — conservatives use the argument all the time about guns. Guns don’t kill, criminals kill.”

ROMNEY: “You ask yourself, how are we going to have a society in the future? Because these kids are raised in poverty in many cases. They are in abusive settings. And when we have programs that say we are going to teach abstinence in schools, the liberals go crazy and try and stop us from doing that.”

GINGRICH: “When you have government as the central provider of services, you inevitably move towards tyranny. I think this is true whether it’s Romneycare or it’s Obamacare.”

PAUL: “If you voted for Planned Parenthood like the senator has, you voted for birth control pills. And you literally — because funds are fungible — you literally vote for abortion. Planned Parenthood should get nothing.”

SANTORUM: “I said, ‘Well, if you’re going to have Title X funding then we’re going to create something called Title XX, which is going to provide funding for abstinence based programs. I would say that I’ve always been very public, that as president of the United States, I will defund Planned Parenthood. I will not sign any appropriations bill that funds Planned Parenthood.”

Here’s the video:

All of the Republican Presidential candidates made pretty disturbing statements on this issue. Of course, did we really expect them not to?  The fact is, the Republican Party is simply anti-women. This entire debate is about whether women should have easier access to health care like the Affordable Care Act provides, and about whether women should be able to make their own decisions about their own bodies. All of the men on stage believe that men should make those decisions. In their minds, women are objects that men control. They don’t believe women have a say about becoming pregnant. This is why the Republican Party has all but announced their alliance with rapists. Rick Santorum has stated that women who get raped should not be allowed to have an abortion. All the other candidates are on board with this view.

These candidates also intend to eliminate Planned Parenthood, not just because they are against abortion, which make up only 3% of all the services performed by the organization, but because they are against all health services for women. Think about it. If Republicans were so concerned about breast cancer, cervical cancer, and other vital health care concerns of women, why did conservatives hijack the Komen Foundation and cut off cancer screening funds? Why are they trying to wipe out an entire health care organization and kill a health care law that makes medical care more accessible? Simply put, Republicans do not care about the health of American women, men, or children. They only care about control. They clearly believe women are only good for carrying babies and nothing else. Every female in America should be frightened of the Republican Party.

There’s also a reason why Republicans want to force people to practice abstinence. It’s because they don’t want women to have sex unless it’s for procreation during marriage. Again, it’s about control over women’s bodies and their decisions. The problem is that abstinence programs do not work. A new study, shows that abstinence programs do nothing to reduce teen pregnancy and sexual activity. So if any program should be defunded, it’s the $200 million abstinence program that doesn’t work.

As for the Republican audience, they have now managed to boo gay soldiers, cheer for executions, jeer at the Golden Rule, applaud letting uninsured people die, and now they’ve added women’s rights to the list of things they hate. The GOP just continues to march toward authoritarianism, so why do people still support them?