AND YOU THOUGHT CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN STUPIDITY WAS WANING?
Recognize this birth control device? It’s an IUD (The IUD can be a coil, loop, triangle, or T in shape made of plastic or metal. An IUD is inserted into the uterus by a health-care professional. Of two types of IUDs approved in the U.S., one can remain in place for 10 years, while the other must be replaced every year) and it’s one of the most effective birth control devices available and provides long term benefits that the pill. According to the CDC, IUD’s have a failure rate of less than 1%.
But I’ve made a grave mistake. Yesterday in my post about Donald Trump, I said that we hadn’t heard some of the outrageous “musings” of select elected Republicans and Republican candidates for President about abortion and how women can stop a pregnancy if she is raped and other such nonsense.
Well I was wrong. In all the latest media chatter about Planned Parenthood, you might have missed Colorado state senator, Kevin Lundberg’s, (a Family Values Republican of course) musings about IUD’s as I did. You see, Colorado started a program in 2009 with an anonymous private grant to reduce the incidence of teen pregnancy and it’s been wildly successful. Credited with dropping teen births by 40 % and abortions by 35%, the state-run Colorado Family Planning Initiative’s $23 million private funding ran out and the state legislature was debating a bill to replace the funds with state monies. Thus far it is estimated that the program has saved Coloradans $42 million in Medicaid costs. Sounds like a roaring success to me.
But here’s what Family Values Colorado Senator Lundberg had to say about it:
““Now, they’re trying to cook up this notion that that’s completely irrelevant, and I’m not denying that there could be some contraceptive capacity for the mechanism, but I’ve looked at enough of the scientific analysis on it to say I don’t see hard science, I see political science being applied,”
“I’m glad that there’s finally some discussion over a very little-known aspect of devices that are used to prevent the birth of a live baby,” he said.
“Protecting life is a very big issue. In my mind, that’s what government is all about, and to protect the life of the most vulnerable and most innocent seems to be the most important.”
Apparently, Republican state Senator Kevin Lundberg thinks he knows more than all these public health officials (“they” in the quote above) with their “poor science.” He explained that he’s opposing an effort to renew the program because IUDs are abortifacients that can work by “stopping a small child from implanting”
In case you were wondering, the definition of “abortifacient” is: an agent (as a drug) that induces abortion.
Now see if you can find a single scientific article anywhere, that says IUD’s are abortifacients. You won’t. But that doesn’t matter to smarter than any scientist, Family Values, conservative Republican Lundberg.
And just to give you the complete, tragic picture of this farce: Colorado Family Action, which opposed state funding for the program, said using taxpayer dollars would have inappropriately inserted the government between children and their parents.
"We believe that offering contraceptives to teens, especially long-acting reversible contraceptives, while it may prevent pregnancy, does not help them understand the risks that come with sexual activities," CFA said in a statement. "We should not remove parents from the equation — equipping teens for safe sex without their parent's involvement bypasses this critical parental right and responsibility. Parents need to be the primary educator when it comes to sexual education and the primary decision about healthcare choices for their children. Lastly, Colorado taxpayers should not be paying for the 'Cadillac' of birth control for minor children."
Don’t know about you, but I haven’t read such unadulterated bullshit nonsense in a long time. If Family Values parents actually (you know, in the “REAL WORLD”) exercised their parental rights and responsibilities for educating their children about sex, we wouldn’t have to have such programs as Planned Parenthood and Colorado’s Family Planning initiative.
As far as I’m concerned, I like to see a case or so of IUD’s shoved up Senator Lundeberg’s ass and as a further inducement to sanity, up every member of the Colorado Family Action’s asses as well.
More fucking conservative insanity.